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CD / DVD Copy, Duplication and Replication

Do you need to copy a DVD or CD disc fast?

If you need to copy a DVD or CD and you need it right away, we can help.  Whether you need 1 copy, 5 copies, 100, 1,000 or more, we offer fast service and can complete some projects within 24 hours.

In the materials below and other pages on our website, We've compiled years of research to provide you with the most comprehensive information on everything you should know about copying DVDs and CDs including duplication and replication.  For example, did you know that you can make a DVD or CD unreadable to players by writing on it with a magic marker?  Magic markers have been known to "eat" through the layers of a DVD or CD making them unreadable.  If you have to use a magic marker to label your disc, at least make sure the disc doesn't contain anything that you'd hate to lose.  

Writing on a DVD or CD with a magic marker can permanently damage the disc

You'll find more useful tips like this along with a lot of missing and misleading information I've uncovered from competitors' websites.  Would you believe there's a company that claims they've been making DVD copies "for over 20 years"?  That's amusing considering that DVDs haven't been around that long as they were just invented in 1995 and they didn't sell a machine to burn them until the late 90s.  At Sunray, we believe it's important to keep consumers up-to-date on the latest trends in our industry and informed on how to keep from being ripped off by other duplication companies.  Our best advice:  Make sure you know what you're getting.

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Duplication vs. Replication

There are 2 ways to copy a DVD or CD, duplication and replication.  

DVD / CD Duplication is where a disc is copied to a blank disc with the use of a CD or DVD burner. The information is "burned" onto the CD/DVD with a laser during the copying process.  This method is recommended when you need less than 500 copies. 

DVD / CD Replication is where the information to be copied is put directly onto the discs as they are being manufactured (stamped out).  Replication requires the creation of a "glass master".  Once the glass master is created, it is used to stamp out the DVDs or CDs with the information as the discs are being created.  Replication typically costs less per copy than duplication, but in order to make the process cost-effective it usually requires a minimum of 1,000 DVDs or CDs to be replicated.  Hollywood movies are usually copied onto DVDs using this process.  This method is recommended when you need 500 or more copies. 

Do you have a DVD or CD?

It's common for people to refer to CDs and DVDs interchangeably without realizing that there is a difference.

CDs (commonly used for music/audio) can hold up to 700MB of digital information or up to 80 minutes of audio.  CD players will only play CDs.

DVDs (commonly used for video) can hold up to 4.5GB (based on a single-layer disc) of digital information or up to 2 hours of standard definition video.  Since video information requires a lot more storage space than audio, you can see why DVDs are usually preferred over CDs.  A DVD player can play both DVDs and CDs.

Why do more customers trust Sunray Video to copy their DVDs and CDs?

Sunray Video has continuously led the industry with dedication to providing the most professional-looking and trouble free DVDs and CDs for copies.  The level of quality varies quite a bit across the duplication industry.  From using inferior discs (that can fall apart after just 3 years) to the application of stick-on labels (that can peel off and damage DVD players).  We use one of the top brands in CD and DVD media today that allow us to print directly onto the surface of the disc so it won't damage your disc player.  And there are no surprises with hidden or added fees with our all-inclusive pricing.

Our service includes:

High quality DVD and CD discs with low error rates and compatible with most DVD players 
Water-resistant discs
Scratch-resistant discs
Discs feature a glossy finish that provides a more professional look than standard matte or no-label discs
Custom disc Labels are printed directly on each disc - (no marker scribbling that can damage the disc and no stick-on labels that can peel off)
Selection of packaging options to fulfill your requirements
Fast service at a fair price (same day turnaround available for smaller projects)
Volume discounts
Personal service so you're project is done right the 1st time

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Sample package options:

Paper Sleeve      Jewel Case       Slim Jewel Case         DVD Case        

Additional services available:

100-Year Gold Archival DVDs that will outlast most DVDs
Custom professional graphic design for the disc label artwork
Custom professional graphic design for the disc case artwork
Variety of packaging options including shrink-wrapping
DVD authoring if you don't have an existing DVD
Marketing & consulting services in case you want to sell your discs
Encoding excerpts from your disc for uploading to your website

        Give us a call to get your project started today!

 

DVD / CD Duplication Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is the labeling of the disc so important?
A. How a disc is labeled can affect the life of the disc and/or how it will perform inside a disc player.

Writing on the disc surface with a magic marker - Over time the chemicals in the marker will eat through the layers of the disc eventually making the disc unreadable and therefore useless.

Applying stick-on labels - There are round, disc-shaped labels that can be printed on with a laser or inkjet printer.  Then you peel them off and attach them to a DVD or CD.  There are 3 major issues with using these labels:

  1. These labels have to be perfectly centered on the disc when they are applied or the disc will be out of balance causing it to "wobble" when it spins inside a disc player.  This can lead to read errors by the disc player such as stuttering, skipping or stop playing altogether.  I was shocked when a client brought in a disc they received from another transfer company with a small stick-on label about the size of a return address label.  You can imagine the balance issues caused by this.
  2. Over time the glue on the label may lose its ability to hold the label on the disc, causing it to start to peel off.  Should the label get "snagged" while the disc is spinning inside your DVD player it will not only ruin the disc, but could damage the DVD player as well.  Both the disc and the player will probably have to be replaced.
  3. We've discovered that after about 3-5 years, discs with labels attached to them simply won't play anymore for some reason.  A few years ago we had a client come in with a DVD of their child they couldn't get to play on any DVD player or computer.  This DVD contained video of a school program that was very precious to the parents and they were sure the contents were lost forever.  It turned out that the reason the it wouldn't play was due to a label that was stuck to the surface of the disc by the company who made the DVD.  For whatever reason their DVD, after just 4 years, was unable to play as a result of the label.  They informed us of their efforts to locate another copy from the other families that had purchased copies.  It turns out that none of those other copies would play either, so several families were also affected.  That is one major reason why Sunray will not apply label stickers to any of our DVDs or CDs.

Printing directly onto the disc - To avoid the above mentioned problems with labeling DVDs and CDs, we've opted to use discs that allow us to print directly on them without applying any labels or using any chemicals that will break down the disc over time.  We're able to print full color labels on these discs.  Our premium discs resist water so the ink on the label will never run or smear and the glossy finish give the discs a professional appearance.

Don't let this happen to you

A few years ago we had a client come in with a DVD of their child they couldn't get to play on any DVD player or computer.  This DVD contained video of a school program that was very precious to the parents and they were sure the contents were lost forever.  It turned out that the reason the it wouldn't play was due to a label that was stuck to the surface of the disc by the company who made the DVD.  For whatever reason their DVD, after just 4 years, was unable to play as a result of the label.  They informed us of their efforts to locate another copy from the other families that had purchased copies.  It turns out that none of those other copies would play either, so several families were also affected.  That is one major reason why Sunray will not apply label stickers to any of our DVDs or CDs.

 

Q. Is there a difference in quality of DVD and CD media?
A. Yes.  Not all blank CDs and DVDs are created equal.  A disc is made up of separate layers of materials that each serve a different purpose.  These layers are molded together to create the CD or DVD disc we're familiar with today.  There have been stories circulating about how the layers on one particular disc had separated from each other within just 3 years of being burned.  That's what you can expect from a cheap disc.  There are Gold Archival discs on the market that are reported to be able to last 100 years in part due to the durability of the gold material used in the disc.  Some brands of discs allow for more accuracy during the burning and/or reading of information.  When duplication/replication companies are promoting CD and DVD copying services that are significantly lower price, it's usually a result of using an inferior media.

Q. What is the typical turnaround time for getting DVD and CD copies?
A. A few of the pieces that can affect the turnaround time are the quantity of discs being ordered and whether custom printing needs to be done for the packaging.  Most duplication orders can be completed within a week.  Shorter times are available by request.

Q. How do I get the process started?
A. Once you have determined the number of copies you need, we'll just need to know the following:

  1. Do you have the artwork for the label or do you need us to create it for you?
  2. What type of packaging do you want for the discs?  Paper sleeves, jewel cases, slim jewel case, or the standard DVD cases like the ones that movies typically come with?  We can design and print full color DVD case inserts for the traditional DVD cases to give your DVD that professional look.
  3. Give us a call or bring in your materials so we can get started right away.

        Give us a call to get your project started today!

 

Q. How do I get the process started?
A. Once you have determined the number of copies you need, we'll just need to know the following:

 

Have more questions about DVD and CD duplication?  Check our DVD FAQ page.

  

 

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