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DVD / CD Duplication

Do you need DVD or CD copies fast?

When you need 500 copies or less of a DVD or CD, duplication is a better choice over replication.  On orders below 500 copies, duplication is typically faster.  We can process smaller orders usually within a few days and sometimes even the same day; call for details.  We print labels directly onto the disc and offer a variety of packaging for protecting each disc.

Why do more customers trust Sunray Video for their DVD and CD duplication?

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

Call us at 858-578-4786 today for your FREE estimate

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 for discs you want to sell
Encoding excerpts from your disc for uploading to your website

        Give us a call to get your project started today!


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DVD / CD Duplication Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the differences between a DVD and a CD?
A. Many people have used these 2 terms interchangeably without knowing there is a difference.  

A CD can hold up to 700MB of digital information and is common format used for music and audio CDs (up to 80 minutes of audio).  

A standard DVD can hold up to 4.7GB (based on a single-layer disc) of digital information and is commonly used for video and movies (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 formats, a CD player cannot.

Q. What is the difference between Duplication and Replication?
A. 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.  Duplication is less expensive for orders under 500 copies and usually a faster turnaround time.

     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.  Replication is recommended for orders of 500 copies or more.

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. 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.

Q. Why do duplication costs vary so much from one company to another?
A. There are different factors involved when it comes to determining the cost of duplicating DVDs and CDs.

Quantity - Like with many things, the more copies you order, the less you'll pay per copy.

Quality of the media - Each CD / DVD duplication & duplication company uses different quality levels of media.  The better the media, the higher the cost and you get what you pay for.  If you come across an estimate that is significantly less, it could be a result of using substantially inferior DVD or CD.  If you plan to sell or give out discs as promotional materials for a business, we'd recommend using better quality discs.  Not only will they look more professional, but the quality of the product you are distributing will be representing your product and/or company.  It's not worth ruining a good reputation to save a few cents on a DVD or CD that falls apart easily.  The durability of a quality disc can translate into a lot more business in the future.

Pricing Structure - Most duplication firms will leave elements of the duplication process out of their quotes to make their price look lower than their competitors.  These items may include setup and layout fees for the label artwork and packaging or even the packaging itself.  These add-on fees could increase the price per disc significantly, that's why they choose to leave them out to make their pricing look more attractive.  We prefer to give you one all-inclusive price with our quotes.  

Packaging - The type of packaging for the DVDs or CDs will always have an impact on the price.  

Some of the options include: 

Paper sleeve with a clear plastic window.
CD jewel case or slim jewel case like they use for music CDs
Clam-shell case
Cardboard sleeve
Custom-printed cardboard sleeve
Standard (alpha-style) DVD case like they use for movies
A pouch or sleeve that will go into a wallet or vinyl album.

Consumer Alert:  In order to appear more competitive, most companies will give out quotes based on copying the disc only, and then add all of the extra fees later.

Custom printing for case/cover - Jewel cases have 2 places where you can insert custom printed materials, inside the front lid and under the CD tray.  Look at a music CD and you'll see what I'm referring to.  DVD (or alpha) cases have a place inside the sleeve that goes around the outside of the case for custom printed materials.  This is often referred to as the casewrap.  Some DVD cases also have clips inside the front cover where additional printed materials could be placed.  All of these options involve an additional cost to cover the printing and sizing of the materials.  

Shrink-wrapping - If you want your case to be wrapped with a clear plastic wrap, that can add to the price as well.

Timing - The sooner you need it, the more it will cost.  Most of the estimates you'll receive will NOT include additional fees that will be added for rushed projects.   

We recommend that you decide exactly what you need before you start calling around and then be sure to ask about pricing for EXACTLY what you want.  Also, make sure there are no hidden fees.  Otherwise, you may find yourself using a company that quoted you a lower price for duplication but ends up charging you more for the rest of the process and end up paying more overall for the final products you're ordering.

When it comes down to it, it's not realistic to expect the highest quality in the shortest time for the lowest price.  You will ultimately get what you paid for.

Q. What is the typical turnaround time for duplication orders?
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.


Q. If I want to sell these discs will I need a barcode on my product?
A. Typically your product will only require a barcode if you plan on selling it through retail outlets.

        Give us a call to get your project started today!  

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



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