DVD replication and duplication are mistakenly used to define each other. DVD duplication is copying data into a new CD while DVD replication is a much more complicated method. DVD replication is a process of forming a clone of the master copy instead of copying onto a new CD; the data is formatted onto a new CD during its manufacturing period. The process of DVD replication is conducted in special replication firms by experienced technicians. Thus each replicated DVD is uniquely processed for you and the end result is more durability of DVDs.
There are generally two types of printings for DVD replications; offset printing and screen printing. The feature that makes replicated DVDs unique is the number of information layers a replicated DVD can have. Generally they can contain 1 layer (DVD-5) of information, 2 layers on one side (DVD-9), 1 layer on each side (DVD-10) or 2 layers on each side (DVD-18). These layers make the replicated DVD execute the stored data exactly like a master DVD will do; this is why replicated DVDs are also called the clones of the original ones. Another specialty that makes replicated DVDs differ from the duplicated ones is their high volume running capacity. The cost of replication is relatively lower and the standard turn-time for DVD replication is 7-8 business days. Generally the cost of DVD replication does not exceed $1.5 per unit in the UK. Placement of bulk orders results in fewer costs since they decrease the overheads.