Duplication Process - CD / DVD
Duplication is the process of Duplicating or "Burning" the data directly onto a Blank Printed CD-R or DVD-R Media. The process is essentially the same as burning a disc in your PC, however on a much larger scale and with no direct software used.
Acceptable Formats Duplicated are:
Advantages of Duplication:
Disadvantages of Duplication:
More information on duplication can be found here.
CD/DVD Replication ( Pressed or Manufactured Disc)
Often called a "Pressed" disc, this is the manufacturing process that creates a "Glass Master" of your original CD Master Disc. This Glass Master is used to generate a metal stamper which plays a similar role in the process to the old photo "negatives" or printing "plates". This Metal Stamper is then used to "press" multiple copies of each CD.
In the case of DVD-9 - 2 metal stampers, which are used to then "press" multiple copies of your DVD.
Acceptable Formats are:
Advantages of Replication:
Disadvantages of Replication:
More information on replication can be found here.
The Optimal process to produce your CD or DVD is to use the replication process, especially if your project is distributed in a retail environment or your are replicating quantities over 1000 units. If you don't require so many discs ( and most production runs are under 1000 units), then I would recommend the duplication process, and it will save you having hundreds of CD or DVD drink coasters as well!