My brother lives in South Africa and had some local TV people create a DVD to help promote a local fund raising effort. He would like to duplicate the DVD and send it to various organizations around the world but wants to make sure the DVD will be playable in a variety of DVD players. We are concerned about international zones and the different + and - formats that different DVD players can accommodate. The video is only about 10 minutes long. Is it possible to create multiple format DVDs on a single DVD disk? If not, what would you suggest? Are there common formats in the US versus Germany, South Africa and other countries?
He checked with a company in South Africa to duplicate the DVD and the price seemed really high. Are there any companies that you would recommend in the US that could duplicate around 100 copies at a reasonable price?
If they burned the disc when they created it--which it sounds like--there won't be any region coding issues to deal with. You can't have region coding on recordable media--it would have been burned as region "0".
A bigger issue would be the format--ie PAL vs NTSC. South Africa is PAL, and US is NTSC (Germany PAL). PAL dvd's won't play on a majority of US set top players (they will play on computers). There are some set top players in the US that can do both, but I wouldn't count on it. If you expect a large distribution in the US, then you would want the original content converted to NTSC and re-authored.
Recordable media (both + and -) have reasonable degree of set top acceptability, and many would argue the merits of one over the other. Replicated (glass mastered and pressed type discs--think Hollywood) have virtually 100% acceptability. Unfortunately one has to have the discs replicated from a master copy (assuming the one your brother has) and cost a fair amount per disc. The more discs that one intends to distribute, the less cost per disc. The other option is to have the disc duplicated, which means the disc is copied by burning to many copies.