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Enhanced Audio Cd's
Posted 06 January 2005 - 06:01 PM
This tutorial will assume you have a basic knowledge with computers and burning traditional audio CD's. The purpose of this tutorial is to raise awareness of the Enhanced CD format and it's uses and teach those who already know how to burn a traditional Audio CD how to utilize the Enhanced CD format to maximize resource utilization on each disc.
1. First you need to acquire the software to create the CD. There are many programs you can use. My usual program of choice is Roxio. I couldn't find a trial or shareware version of Roxio out there but most programs you normally use to burn CD's have the ability to create Enhanced CD's built in, most don't realize or notice and it goes unused until discovered. Musicmatch is another program that has Enhanced CD capability. I found a shareware version available at : Sofotex.com
2. Each program is a little different as to how you have to create an enhanced CD - a short reference to the help file should tell how to open an Enhanced CD session. Most programs, once you start an Enhanced CD session, should support a basic drag and drop interface and are divided into to segments.
a. Audio Files (for normal CD Audio)
b. Computer FIles (additional files to be stored on the CD)
3. Once you have opened an Enhanced CD session, the next step is to select the files you want to play as normal CD Audio. Drag and drop these to the corresponding CD Audio section of your session.
4. Select the file(s) to be added as computer files (i.e. graphics. add. music, etc.) and drop them to the resepective section for computer files in your session.
5. If you wish the CD to play automatically when the CD is inserted into the computer, you must construct and add a Autorun.inf file. This is basically just a text file with a couple labels and some commands to run files. I will give an example of a basic Autorun.inf which will run a program called startme.exe.
******* Autorun.inf **********
******* End of file ***********
It is crucial that this file be named Autorun.inf in order for the computer to recognize that it must be run upon insertion of the disk without any user input. startme.exe can be substituted for another executable file or the file name of a graphics file or another file. If the substituted file is not an executable file (.exe, .com) whether or not it will autoplay will be dependent on that computers current file associations to tell it what program to use to open the file. The Autorun.inf file must be dropped into the computer files section.
6. Once you have your files placed in the proper sections of Audio files and Computer files and you have your Autorun.inf file added to the computer files section, you are ready to burn your first Enhanced CD. Burn the cd just as you would any regular Audio CD.
A few things to mention about Enhanced Audio CD's.
Enhanced audio CD's are a little different in the way they are burned. They are burned in two sessions. The first session is to burn the audio in Red Book Format. The second session is to burn the Computer files.
Once you get the hang of how to make a basic Enhanced Audio CD, you are ready to step up your presentation of your materials. To create custom menu's there are many programs available to you. 3D-Studio is a popular program that allows you to create a 3D world that users can navigate and experience the additional content visually. Flash Macromedia MX is another excellent program to use that you can add custom menu's and graphical interfaces with. You can download a free trial version of both pieces of software from Macromedia's Web Site
This should get your foot in the door to the world of Enhanced CD's. Once you know the basics, what you can do with this media is limited only by your imagination.
Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:14 PM
I've made an enhanced audio CD, with audio tracks in the Audio section and an .Exe, icon and autorun.Inf in the Data section. The problem is, my autorun.Inf works only partialy.. It shows the icon of the disc in my computer, but does not run the .Exe, and reports ''Application not found'' error.
The .Exe is properly named and I already tested the autorun.Inf with an ordinary data CD, and it works. There's obviously some trick, due to the multisession nature of the enchanced audio CD's. Any ideas?-reply by Lemon
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