DVD Guide

Whether this is your first project or you are a media veteran, brushing up on your “best practices” for DVD manufacturing can help to ensure a flawless finished product.  We have outlined common terminologies, best practices,helpful hints, and some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, always feel free to drop us a line.

If you do find the answer to your question, please refer to our other helpful guides for Graphics, CDs, Plastic Cards, USB Flash Drives, and On-Demand Printing.

Preparing Your DVD Master

A Master is a press-ready version of your final project.  All compact disc orders require a master to start the replication or duplication process.  Masters (your final work) can be delivered in a variety of forms including DVD-ROM, Digital Transfer via FTP, USB Drive, etc.   All masters received are carefully tested to ensure they meet industry standard specifications.  Should your master not meet those specifications, you will be contacted immediately. World Media Group offers a variety of services including DVD Mastering, DVD Authoring, and Graphic Design to help prepare your project for manufacturing.

Best practice: Make sure your master looks, sounds and is prepared exactly to your final specifications including levels and track sequencing.  Need help with this?  Just ask!

Best Practice: Always make a backup copy of your master before submitting for the manufacturing process.

Accepted file Types

World Media Group accepts the following types of masters:  CD-R Master, PMCD, DLT, DAT, DVD, DVD-R, or you may digitally transfer files to our secure server.

Artwork and File Preperation

Visit our Graphics Guide for detailed information

Helpful Hint: The biggest reason that masters fail incoming inspections is because of improper handling of the disc. Just because the disc plays in your DVD player, does not mean that disc will make a good master. It is important that the disc you submit as a master is in perfect condition. The best way to achieve this is to immediately place the disc into a jewel case and seal the case so that it can only be opened by the World Media Group mastering engineer who will be testing the disc.

Frequently Asked DVD Questions

What is DVD Replication?

Replication is the physical pressing of the DVD, DVD-ROM, or DVDR from the DVD Master. The result is the highest quality and exact replica of your master. To learn more about this process, visit our DVD Replication page.

What is the difference between replication and duplication?

DVD Replication is a process that uses injection molding to manufacturing a disc from optical grade polycarbonate.  DVD Replication provides the highest quality and most exact replica of your master.  Additionally, DVD Replication provides the lowest cost per unit in comparison.  DVD Duplication is the process of “burning” or writing information to a DVD-R.  DVD Duplication is often used for quick-turn, on-demand, and low-volume quantities.

What is your turnaround time for DVDs from day zero?
For DVD replication, the average turn time for bulk CD Replication is 7 business days. For packaged, replicated DVDs, the turn-around time is 12-14 business days.  DVD Duplication projects vary between 5-10 business days, although we offer several quick-turn solutions that can take be completd in 24-48 hours.  All turn times are subject to project evaluation and may be adjusted based on quantity and configuration of the final order.

What is day zero?
“Day Zero” is the day at which we receive all of your components (master, art files, payment, paperwork, etc).  Once your customer service representative has all of the necessary elements to process your order, that day is referred to as “Day Zero”.  This is the day at which your turn-time and delivery schedule will be based from.

What do I need to do to place my order?
Visit our How to Order page here.

What is the difference between a DVD and a DVD-ROM?
The short answer to this question is that a DVD-ROM is intended for computer use and data storage, while a DVD is designed to play on TV set top players. A standard DVD is designed strictly for video purposes, while a DVD-ROM may contain a variety of data.

How much information can a DVD hold?

  • DVD-5 Single Layer/Single Sided – up to 4.7 GB
  • DVD-10 Single Layer/Single Sided – up to 9.4 GB
  • DVD-9 Dual Layer/Single Sided – up to 8.5 GB
  • DVD-R – up to 4.7 GB


Do you have a minimum order quantity?
We Duplicate DVDs from in quantities of 1 to 500. For orders above 500, ask about our Replication capabilities.