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DVD FAQ

What is the difference between DVD 9 and DVD 5?

DVD 9 is a single-sided dual-layer DVD disc that can hold 8.5 gigabytes of data or approximately 4 hours of video.

DVD 5 is a one-sided single-layer DVD disc that can hold up to 4.7 gigabytes of data or approximately 2 hours of video.

What is your minimum replication order?

Most DVD Replication companies have a minimum order of 1000 units. The reason for this is because a quantity of 1000 is necessary to justify the replication process as well as full color silk-screen and offset printing.

So, do you offer replication in quantities less than 1000?

Yes, but since the total cost adds up to more than the 1000 price, it will actually cost less if you order 1000.

What are the actual differences between replication and duplication?

Replication is the process of “stamping” your data into an injection molded DVD5. This requires that your data be first burned onto a template known as a glass master, similar to how LP’s used to be pressed. The finished product has a silver coloration and looks exactly like a DVD you would buy at a video store. Replication is normally used for larger quantities, where it’s important to get the per-disc price as low as possible. Often the replication process requires that you order a minimum of 1,000 DVDs to offset the setup costs.

Because your data is actually built into the construction of the DVD and not added later, the replication process is less expensive than duplication. UNLESS, of course, you only need a small number of DVDs! In that case, duplication would be the more appropriate strategy…

Duplication is a process that uses DVD recorders to “burn” your data into a pre-manufactured write-once DVD-R. Because the setup costs are minimal by comparison, it’s much more cost-effective to reproduce smaller numbers of discs in this way. It’s not only less expensive for smaller runs but the normal turn around time for DVD-R duplication runs is usually only a few days.

Mirror Image Media does both kinds of DVD reproduction, as well as providing assistance with the graphic design and packaging for your DVD.

What are the differences in printing between replication and duplication?

Replication orders include four-color silk-screen printing directly on the DVD face, full color slip sheets, offset printed on a Heidelberg press, amaray cases, shrink wrapping, and even optional bar codes when necessary.

Duplication orders are ink-jet printed on white, adhesive labels. Either full-color or black and white ink-jet printing is available.

Even the slip sheet may be ink-jet printed in full color.

What is the background color on replicated DVDs?

The natural background of all DVDs is silver. To silk-screen photographs on the DVD face a white base is recommended. The white background counts as one of the four colors.

   
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