8 Do You Know How DVDs Are Made?

Do You Know How DVDs Are Made?

Posted on March 14, 2011 by team

After this tour over an optical medium factory in Kazakhstan you’ll have a perfectly clear idea how the DVDs we are so used to are produced.

The process is fully automatic, the main engineer keeps an eye on it.

Optical discs are made of polycarbonate that comes in large bags.

Here they are – future DVDs.

The granules first get into the drying machine.

And then get heated till they become liquid mass.

Which gets crammed into a press-form with a stamper inside.

Stamper or matrix is a metal plate with precise information. This one is a movie which will be on a DVD in a while.

Under the temperature of 250 degrees liquid polycarbonate gets shaped into a disc. And the info on the matrix gets imprinted on it.


Workpieces with information get into a cooling machine.

Then they get covered with reflecting surface so that laser ray could read the info.

Half-finished production.

Laser test rejected one copy out of 40.

After one lot has been produced it gets painted.

Room of temporary storage.


Preparing the covers.

Every DVD goes with a hologram.

These women prepare DVD boxes with an unbelievable speed.

Wrapping the boxes with cellophane film.

From this distribution center DVDs are delivered to the stores over Kazakhstan.

Checking the employees who have access to the intellectual property.

Have a nice DVD watching time!

via voxpopuli.kz

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8 responses to “Do You Know How DVDs Are Made?”

  1. testicules says:

    So that is where all the bootlegs come from.

  2. Musa says:

    Fat Joe sells them at the bus stop over on Avenue J, he makes them himself. You would be amazed at what you can buy at a bus stop here.

  3. who dares wins says:

    Strangely enough, we have DVDs in the West as well

  4. jean says:


  5. Larry Kanyonga says:

    Russian Tepito!!!

  6. Roman says:

    Klasno… CD’s & DVD’s. PRIKOLNO!!!

  7. Nipuna says:

    I think this is wrong. it’s microscopic pits on the shiny surface that contain the info as I know it- not the glass plate- and the data is written onto the disc by a DVD burner. It was those old vinyl records that had the data stamped onto them.

  8. Mister Twister says:

    If only there was such a thing as archival optical disk… with platinum reflecting surface, and super indestructible plastic glued with super glue.

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