Your Guide to Identifying Good and Bad DVD Replication

Posted on: 1 May 2017

Whether it's a wedding video or an acting reel, the approach you take to DVD replication affects the outcome of your content. In addition to ensuring good picture quality, the right service also produces DVDs that are compatible with the players you're using for your video. From the type of discs they use to the way they burn them, there are ways to spot the differences between a good and bad DVD replication service.

Using discs and machines of a certain quality

Discs for replication are easy to buy in bulk and at a low price, but does that mean they all produce excellent quality? Some manufacturers may modify the dye they use on their discs and machines. While this makes them cheaper, it also reduces the quality and may limit the number of players you can use with the disc. In addition, certain discs do not work well with particular media burners, which reduces the quality further. Those who work in the industry and commit themselves to prizing great results will recognise this and only use high-quality materials and reliable for their customers.

Offering appropriate DVD replication formats

When you're shopping around for a replication service to meet the needs of your project, look at those that offer a variety of replication formats. The two most common types are recordable and pressed. While recordable is ideal for smaller projects, pressed deliver the same results you'll find in a store-bought film and work well for larger projects. It's also worth knowing that different types of DVDs and burning techniques are compatible with different regions around the world. If you're planning on replicating your videos so that they work somewhere other than Australia, it's worth discussing your needs with your service provider and seeing if they have the tools to meet them.

Turnaround times that are realistic and workable

While nobody likes to wait too long for a workable product, you should remain wary of those who claim to produce excellent results in an unrealistically fast time slot. Your DVDs' quality depends on the burn time; going too fast leads to unstable outcomes, which then reduces the likelihood of them playing correctly on a broad range of machines. Most companies produce high-quality results for large projects within three to four working days, although you may receive a same-day service in emergency cases if the manpower is available. 

As with any service, you should discuss your DVD replication needs at length before arriving at the right package. With a little forethought and cooperation from both sides, you can create end results that'll wow yourself and the DVDs' recipients for years to come.