DVD Printing & DVD Manufacturing

DVD Printing & DVD Manufacturing: We can give practical advice at every stage of the process. If it’s your first time, we’ll guide you through step by step. If you know what you want, you’ll find that we have some of the most competitive prices in Australia. There are two ways of manufacturing DVD: duplication and replication.

Duplication is the process of burning music or data onto recordable discs. You can order duplication runs between 10 and 499 DVDs. If you’re after 500 or more DVDs they are usually replicated (pressed DVDs).

Why duplication?

Duplicated DVDs are perfect for low quantity, fast turnaround orders. Coupled with our un-beatable digitally printed inserts and cases, you can get great looking product on time, no sweat!

The burning process

We use A-grade, high quality blank media which is burned at x8 speed. We can produce DVD-R single layer (DVD-5) or DVD+R dual layer (DVD-9) DVDs. DVD-5 discs can fit up to 4.7GB of data. DVD-9 discs can fit up to 8.5GB of data. To ensure the integrity of your content every disc we burn is verified.

Our DVDs have a white printable coating (no stickers!) that can be inkjet printed with your artwork. Our high resolution inkjet printers produce clear, bright, vibrant colours. We can also print shiny silver discs with black text. In this case we use a thermal printing process to bond the print to the disc surface.

We offer 3 price levels of printing: black text print, basic print and full print.

  • Black text: black text or basic black logo on a silver or white disc.
  • Basic print: up to 1/3 of the disc surface printed black or full colour
  • Full print: more than 1/3 of the disc surface printed black or full colour

For an added layer of protection the printed disc can be coated with a protective, UV cured lacquer. This UV coating also gives the disc an eye popping glossy finish. We recommend it for dark coloured or bright, vibrant artwork.

Master DVD

We recommend that you have your master disc professionally produced. We prefer the following format:

  • an error checked DVD-R master

If you can only supply files there will be a master creation fee of $25. We can only make DVD masters from the following file formats:

Data

  • any data files up to the size limit of a DVD-R
  • iso file

We do not encode to DVD video from movie files.

Artwork

Artwork needs to be set up to our specs and supplied as print ready pdfs files.

Duplicated DVD orders take 1-3 working days to complete. Delivery to most major metro cities in Australia is 1-3 working days.

We’re happy to accommodate urgent requests where possible, just contact one of our sales staff!

Replication is the process of pressing music or data onto a moulded disc. Replication runs start at 500 DVDs and can be up to 10,000 (or more!) DVDs.

Quantities of less than 500 DVDs are produced using the duplication process (burning DVDs).

Why replication?

Most DVDs that are sold commercially are produced using the replication process. Replicated discs are more durable and cost effective (cheaper per unit) than replicated discs.

The pressing process

The replication process involves making a ‘stamper’ from your master source which is injection moulded with plastic and the screen or offset printed with your artwork. Replicated audio discs are produced to the Red Book standard. Replicated data discs are produced to the Yellow Book standard.

Replicated discs can be printed in two ways: screen printing or offset printing.

Screen printing is used for flat graphics that are set up as Pantone colours. Each pantone colour is printed on to the disc surface one at a time onto a silver or white base.

Printing flat graphics in pantone colours gives a much flatter, smoother finish than printing the same graphics using the offset printing process.

Offset printing is used for artwork that is made up of images or gradients. Offset printing involves printing primary colours (cyan, magenta, yellow and black or ‘cmyk’) onto a silver or white base.

See our artwork guide for more details on setting up your artwork to give you the best results.

Master DVD

We recommend that you have your master disc professionally produced. We prefer the following format:

  • an error checked DVD master
  • DDP file set
  • iso file

If you can only supply files there will be a master creation fee of $25. We can only make DVD masters from the following file formats:

Data

  • any data files up to the size limit of a DVD-R

We do not encode to DVD video from movie files.

Artwork

Artwork needs to be set up to our specs and supplied as print ready pdfs files.

Replicated DVD orders take 7-10 working days to complete or 10-15 working days for orders with offset printed cases. Delivery to most major metro cities in Australia is 1-3 working days.

We’re happy to accommodate urgent requests where possible, just contact one of our sales staff!