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DVD Duplication: How to Duplicate My Own DVDs and CDs?

What do you need to know in order to duplicate and print your own DVDs or CDs?

You can duplicate DVDs and CDs on almost any home computer, one at a time. If you need to duplicate multiple copies of CDs or DVDs for your business, church, garage band, or any other reason, you may want to consider buying a duplication tower, a printer, or a publishing system. A CD tower can only duplicate CDs, but all DVD duplication towers can duplicate both DVDs and CDs.  Blu-Ray duplication towers can copy Blu-Ray discs in addition to DVDs and CDs.

First you want to determine your need for duplication and the quantity you will want to duplicate. Your next consideration is to decide if you want to label or print on your DVDs or CDs.

Duplication towers come in several different configurations to suit almost any need. The standard DVD Duplicatorconfigurations are 1 to 1, 1-3, 1-5, 1-7, and 1-10. The 1 is the master drive and the 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 are the number of target or duplication drives the tower contains. So a 1-10 holds the master and can do up to 10 DVDs or CDs at one time. Some units also allow you to link towers together so you are able to make several units duplicate from one master. With linked towers you can duplicate 20, 30, 40 or more copies at one time from the same master.

 Duplication towers are available with or without a hard drive. A hard drive allows you to store copies of DVDs or CDs that you use frequently, so that you can duplicate again without using a DVD or CD master.

LightScribe is an optical digital technology that uses specially coated CD and DVD media to produce laser etched labels with text or graphics, as opposed to stick-on labels or printable discs. This process is limited in its printing capabilities. The media is also more expensive and is not as readily available as other media. 

Publishing systems duplicate and print on the DVD or CD. There are various capabilities and configurations available. Most publishing systems use ink jet print systems.

One of the most important things to remember about duplication towers, printers and publishing systems is that you get what you pay for. Most use the same basic type of components, but the systems from reputable suppliers use better grade components. The cheaper the system, the cheaper the components and the warranty may leave you out in the cold.

Stay tuned, we'll talk more about printers in another blog.