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DVD / CD Replication

When you need 1,000 or more copies of a DVD or CD, replication is a better choice over duplication.  In many cases it will cost less for 1,000 copies than for 500.  CD / DVD replication is ideal for disc that will be sold or handed out in large volumes.  DVD and CD replication costs significantly less per copy than duplication or simple disc copy processes.  Labels are printed directly on the disc and a variety of packaging is available for protecting each disc.

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

There are no surprises with hidden or added fees with our all-inclusive pricing.  The replication industry is notorious for hidden fees.  These fees are virtually never mentioned at the time the quote is given; that's how they make themselves appear more competitively priced.  It's only after you've agreed to hire them (and usually later in the process) will you be informed about the add-ons.

One price includes:

Glass Master (Required for replication)
Professional CD and DVD replication on premium discs
A PDF Proof of your artwork for your approval
Film (Required for label art)
Offset or Silk Screen Full Color Printed Labels printed directly on each disc - (no stick-on labels)
Packaging that fulfills your requirements
Fast service at a fair price
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:

Customer DVD authoring if you don't have an existing DVD
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
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!


DVD / CD Replication 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).

A dual-layered DVD can hold up to 8.5GB (up to 4 hours of standard-def 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. What is the minimum order for replication?
A. We recommend 1,000 copies for the best value.

Q. Why do replication costs vary so much from one replication company to another?
A. There are different factors involved when it comes to determining the cost of replicating 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 & replication 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 they are to be sold or given out 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 replication firms will leave required elements of the replication process out of their quotes to make their price look lower than their competitors.  These items may include glass mastering fees, setup and film fees for the label artwork and packaging.  These add-on fees could increase the price per disc significantly (sometimes hundreds of dollars), 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 replication 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.  A standard 1,000 disc order, for example, will usually take about a week to complete.  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. 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.


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



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