HELP CENTER: Where Do I Start?
If this is your first time ordering CD or DVD duplication or replication,
we understand that it can be a very technical and sometimes intimidating process
for a first-time customer. We'll do our best to make the process
as easy as possible for you while satisfying your project needs. Please remember you can always
contact us with any questions along the way. We'll always be
glad to help.
Replication or Duplication?
There are two different processes involved in making CDs and DVDs for
you to choose from:
replication. Duplication involves recording onto blank recordable
discs called CD-Rs or DVD-Rs. It's well suited for very fast
turnaround. Replication involves creating a
stamper from a glass master that is used to manufacture the discs.
Replication is the retail standard.
The first thing we need to do is determine which process is best for
you. Typically, your project needs, such as quantity and
turnaround, will determine this for you.
For example, if you need CDs tomorrow then duplication is most likely
your most cost effective option. Or, if you require several thousand retail-ready
units with over-wrap, replication is most likely your best option.
Packaging, Presentation & Preparation
Have you decided on the packaging and presentation for your project?
For example, is your project going to be in retail, requiring
commercial packaging? Or do you just need basic packaging of the disc,
such as a clamshell case? Packaging options and examples are explained in
more depth on our
glossary page. If you're not sure which option is best for
your project, please
contact us for advice.
Once you decide which package option is best for you then it's time to think
about the layout, which is created and/or setup by a
graphic artist. Anaphora has excellent graphic artists on
staff to assist you with your project. Even if you don't use us
for your graphic art, we strongly advise using a graphic artist that
is experienced in creating
press-ready artwork, not just artwork for websites or for viewing
on a computer monitor. It can make a difference in the print
quality of your project. Please have your graphic artist use our
Then, it's time to create your master disc. The master disc is
the disc copy that we are going to use to create all of your
duplicates or replicates. Here are some helpful tips on
creating your master disc copy.
We also provide
DVD authoring and video services.
Processing Your Order
When your artwork and master copy are ready, it's time to
place your order.
Orders may be placed
online or by downloading and printing our
forms. Please also send us your master disc copy and art
files disc along with your order. Here's more
what happens once we receive your order. When we receive your
artwork it is setup & prepared for press. A final set of digital
proofs are then emailed to you for your approval before we begin.
proofs are usually emailed within one business day of receiving
your order. Please allow more time if we are preparing graphic
artwork for you as well. Once your approval is received, then we
begin duplicating or replicating your order and your estimated
turnaround time begins.
Continue to the
glossary section, or
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