F.A.Q.

DVD/CD Duplication and Replication—What’s the Difference?

Duplication is a process where lasers “burn” pits into a dye that is manufactured inside the disc. Burning is the process used by the drives in virtually every home or work computer used today. Replication, on the other hand, is an injection molded manufacturing process that makes use of a glass master and stamps the disc image into the extruded polymer.

Can I play CDs on my DVD player?

Yes, if you have the correct configuration of software and hardware. Consult with your PC/Mac manufacturer to be sure.

What is “fulfillment”?

Fulfillment is the process used to store, assemble, and distribute all the components of your project. VIP tailors each offering to meet your specific requirements, delivering flexibility and accountability.

What is the best packaging for CDs/DVDs?

That depends on how you want it delivered, received and utilized. There are a wide variety of packaging options available which can be tailored to support the delivery of your message. Our experienced staff can assist you in making the best choice.

What does DVD stand for?

DVD stands for digital video disc or digital versatile disc. A DVD is essentially a bigger, faster CD that can hold cinema-quality video, better-than-CD audio and computer data.

What formats do you accept for DVD duplication/replication?

For DVD duplication, we accept non-copy-protected DVD, DVD-ROM, and DVD-R for a master source. For DVD replication, we prefer DLT masters; however, we do accept non-copy-protected DVD, DVD-ROM, and DVD-R for a master source.

Will the DVD discs be compatible with DVD players and DVD-ROMs?

For replicated DVD discs, yes; for duplicated DVD-R discs, probably. Some earlier DVD players and DVD-ROM drives were not compatible with DVD recordable media. Most new players and drives are now compatible with DVD-recordable media.

What video formats do you accept for DVD authoring/creation?

We accept most NTSC videotape formats including Digital Betacam, BetacamSP, DVCAM, DVCPro, DV, Hi8 and VHS. We can accept some PAL formats as well. Contact our technical staff for more information.

Will CD-ROMs work in DVD players?

CD-ROMs formatted as audio CD or VCD will generally work in DVD players that are compatible with CD media and these formats. DVD video files on a CD, however, WILL NOT work in a stand alone DVD player. They WILL work in a computer with proper DVD player software.

How do I tell how many feet of film I have?

For 8mm and Super8mm, there are generally three sizes of film reels: small, medium and large. The small reels are about 3″ in diameter and hold 50 feet/3 minutes of film. The medium reels are about 5″ in diameter and hold 200 feet/12.5 minutes of film. The large reels are about 7″ in diameter and hold up to 400 feet/25 minutesof film.

How long will my VHS tapes last? What about DVDs?

A VHS tape stored vertically in a cool dry place has a projected life span of about 50 years. A DVD’s estimated life span is 100 years.

I recently took a trip to Europe. While there I purchased a VHS tape from one of the tourist attractions I visited. I brought it home and it doesn’t seem to play in my VCR. What gives?

There are several different video formats throughout the world. Without getting into too much technical detail, they differ in the number of lines of resolution they offer and the frame rate that they are displayed at. It is possible to convert the signal from a foreign VHS master to a dub in the United States NTSC format.

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