Glossary of terms:

CD Duplication

This process uses CD and/or DVD recording drives that physically burn the data onto the disc surface with a laser.

CD Replication

Replication is done from scratch, and CDs/DVD's are injection molded from poly-carbonate pellets and then are covered in reflective material and stamped with the information. The process is referred to as glass mastering.

DVD: Digital Video Disc

DVD, also known as Digital Video Disc or Digital Versatile Disc, is an optical disc storage media format, and was invented and developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Time Warner in 1995. Its main uses are video and data storage. DVDs are of the same dimensions as compact discs (CDs), but are capable of storing almost seven times as much data.

CD: Compact Disc

A Compact Disc (also known as a CD) is an optical disc used to store digital data. It was originally developed to store sound recordings exclusively, but later it also allowed the preservation of other types of data. Audio CDs have been commercially available since October 1982.

Short run CD printing

Short run is a Process for printing a small number of discs in a quick amount of time.

USB Flash Drive

A USB flash drive consists of a flash memory data storage device integrated with a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface. USB flash drives are typically removable and re-writable, and physically much smaller than a floppy disk.

CD/DVD Authoring

Optical disc authoring, including DVD and Blu-ray Disc authoring (often referred to as burning), is the process of assembling source material—video, audio or other data—into the proper logical volume format to then be recorded ("burned") onto an optical disc (typically a compact disc or DVD).

Video Authoring

Process to make sure your video is edited, produced, and mastered properly prior to duplication, ensuring the highest-quality final product. This process of creating multi-media content can be delivered via the Internet or optical media.

Clam Shell

CD or DVD case shaped like a clam. Used for a packaging option for CD and DVDs, can be clear or milky plastic.

Slim Line

A slime line jewel case is a version of regular CD or DVD jewel cases that do not have a spine large enough to have a printed description.


Digipaks typically consist of a gatefold (book-style) paperboard or card stock outer binding, with one or more plastic trays capable of holding a CD or DVD attached to the inside.

Thermal Printing

Thermal printing is up to 600dpi or 185 lines per inch. A wax resin ribbon is heated, and permanently applied to the surface of the CD or DVD disc. This printing process strictly uses CMYK color. Perfect for high quality, short to medium size jobs that require durable waterproof printing.

Screen Printing

Typical resolution is 85-105 lines per inch. With screen-printing, the image is stenciled onto the disc face by transferring ink through a fine mesh screen, using CMYK inks. (C=Cyan, M=Magenta, Y=Yellow, K=Black), or Pantone. Makes sense for larger jobs of 1000+.

Off-set Printing

The offset printing process uses an intermediate blanket cylinder to transfer an image from the image carrier to the disc face, also using CMYK inks (C=Cyan, M=Magenta, Y=Yellow, K=Black), or Pantone.

Inkjet Printing

High Quality, full color 4800dpi printing. Great for small and medium size jobs.