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DVD Pressing

If you need to press DVDs, Replicat can provide a full range of manufacturing options – including single layer (4.7GB) DVD5, dual layer (7.9GB) DVD9, double sided DVD10 and 80mm mini disc DVDs.
If you require a project quote for DVD pressing and packaging, we have dedicated sections in our instant quote and product gallery. Select a pack, choose your disc type and enter your project details to receive an immediate project estimate and artwork specifications via email.
Replicat Australia is pressing DVD-video, DVD-audio and DVD-Rom software titles daily. Simply provide us with a master disc on DVD-R and the artwork files for disc face printing.  We ship anywhere in Australia or around the globe.
General Information on DVD Pressing
Some other terms for DVD pressing include: DVD Replication, DVD manufacture and DVD production. These terms all relate to the same process: creating a glass master and stamper, pressing (or more accurately injection moulding) the discs from that stamper and offset or screen-printing the discs. We have a detailed description of the manufacturing process in our Technical Library and General Information section and see our separate section DVD Replication and Packaging for a full description of these options.
DVD production (pressing, replication) is very different to short run DVD Duplication. DVD Duplication simply involves burning data onto blank DVD-R or DVD+R media. This DVD duplication process may be appropriate when creating back-ups discs at home, or running off a few copies for your friends and family, but we don’t recommend DVD Duplication if you are intending to sell the discs, or distribute them in a commercial environment.
Why? Well blank media is not as reliable as replicated media. You’ve probably experienced this yourself when burning discs at home. Sometimes they don’t burn correctly due to an old or faulty laser in the DVD writer. Sometimes the actual format of the disc is incorrect, and because you can copy virtually any data to blank DVD-R, there are no independent checks to confirm that your data conforms to industry format standards for playback in a standard audio DVD player.
When you press DVDs (i.e. replicate them from a glass master), there are two key advantages: (i) the replication plant undertakes a variety of quantitative checks to confirm that the disc complies with industry format standards (very important if you are creating a video DVD for playback in set-top DVD players, and (ii) the discs are manufactured to far higher readability standards to ensure that they play on virtually any player. Blank media on the other hand may be created with non standard audio and video formats that can only be played on a computer or MP3 player, but not a standard DVD player. The blank media itself may also have an unacceptably high level of surface defects, rendering the disc unplayable in certain players.
Disc replication is the manufacturing technique used for all Hollywood DVD movies and commercial CD releases, and, as our name suggests, that’s what Replicat specialises in.