Video DVD & Blu-ray Duplication

If you have already made your film, the good news is that you’ve already done the hard work. There are only a few simple steps to make your cinematic masterpiece ready for its DVD or Blu-ray release.

For more info and a quote, call us on 0800 731 7042 or use our contact form to get in touch.

I only have a file of the video footage, rather than a master disc. Can you use that?

That’s ok. Our in-house studio is able to create DVD or Blu-ray masters from most types of video format.

We are able to edit footage, add menus, chapter points, and even convert NTSC between and PAL formats.  If you just need a basic DVD or Blu-ray created from a single piece of footage, we can do that too.

While it is possible to burn video files, such as .mp4 or .mov, straight to a disc, they will not play on a standard DVD or Blu-ray player.

How do I get my master files to you?

If your master has already been created, send it to our head office. If you prefer, it can be uploaded as a DDP file set or .ISO file and uploaded to our FTP site or via a cloud-based file transfer service such as WeTransfer.

If you’d like us to create a master from your files, you can also send them via FTP or WeTransfer. If they’re very large, it may be worth you sending them to us on an external storage device such as hard-drive or USB stick. These will be returned on completion of the job.

How long does DVD duplication or Blu-ray duplication take?

We do things quickly here! Our standard turnaround for DVD duplication is just 2 to 3 days. That even includes printing and packaging!

Having said that, if you need us to create the master disc or make amendments to the artwork, for instance, it may take a little longer. If there is a particular deadline you need to meet, let us know so we can make sure you get the finished discs in plenty of time.

Can I protect my disc from unauthorised copying?

Yes you can. We even have our own exclusive copy-protection system to prevent unofficial copies from playing. Find out more about Alpha:Protect-R.

How do I set up my artwork?

The template for a DVD can be downloaded here and for a Blu-ray here. Packaging style & templates can be found here.

We can take artwork in most design packages, though a print-ready PDF is our preferred method.
Once your artwork is ready, send it over. Like the master, it is essential that the artwork is correct before the copies are made. To make sure, we will send you a PDF of your artwork to approve prior to printing.
If you’re not a design expert, don’t worry. Our artwork team will work with your files or a brief to make sure your finished discs look as good as you imagined them.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference PAL & NTSC and which should I use for my project?

PAL & NTSC are video formats that are inherited from the original broadcast standards for television way back in the 1940s. Although much has changed since then, American TVs still play at 29.97 frames per second (fps) NTSC and European systems as PAL at 25fps.

To be compatible with these conventions, DVDs are either or NTSC format depending on where they are to be played. As a rule-of-thumb NTSC discs will play in PAL DVD players, but PAL DVDs will not play correctly on NTSC players. There is a full list of NTSC or PAL regions.

If you need footage converting from NTSC to PAL or vice versa, please let us know as we can do this conversion in most instances.

I have high definition (HD) footage. Can it be used for producing DVDs?

Although DVDs are not an HD format, we can re-encode your footage so it is compatible and will play perfectly on a DVD.
If you need to retain the HD resolution, you will need to use Blu-ray discs rather than DVDs. It is important to remember that a Blu-ray player can play DVDs, but a DVD player cannot play Blu-ray discs.

What are region codes & how do they affect my disc?

Region codes on DVDs and Blu-ray discs are a way of protecting your disc from being played in regions where it isn’t yet released. There are six different geographical regions, each with their own numerical code. UK falls under Region 2, which also includes most of Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. Unless you require region locking, it is best to set the region to 0 (All Region) effectively disabling the setting and allowing the disc to be played anywhere. For a full list of region codes, click here