How to Write Audio on DVD
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The process of burning a music DVD is slightly similar with the process of creating music CDs. However, it is not entirely the same as a DVD as the latter has a higher quality output and has an equally higher capacity compared to its optical media sibling. It is important to understand that the authoring (sometimes called burning) process is strictly limited to the act of writing or transferring the data to the DVD media and is separate from the method of editing it for the purpose of improving its quality. The editing process must be made prior to the writing process because once written on a recordable DVD media, it cannot be undone and must be finalized to allow playback to any standalone DVD player device. Therefore, assuming that the editing process is omitted, the quality of the final output even if written on a DVD media is by large dependent on the quality of its source. This means that a music file compressed into an MP3 format remains lossy despite being written on the DVD.
- Source music media
- DVD burner
- DVD media
- DVD authoring tool
Usually, when purchasing a DVD burner (or writer), accompanying authoring software is packaged. This program can be used to create the audio DVD. In case there is no available application with the DVD writer, one of the more popular applications used for this purpose is the Apollo Audio DVD Creator. Its name exhibits specialty in converting audio DVD. Launch the Web browser and go to the http://www.qweas.com/download/audio_mp3/audio_cd_burners/apollo_audio_dvd_creator.htm address to download it.
Upon completion of the download process, click on the downloaded file and install it into the local storage drive.
Once the installation process has been finished, launch the Apollo Audio DVD Creator and import the audio file by clicking on the 'Add File' tab. This will add any audio file to the list depending on whether its codec is supported by the program or not. In general, this application supports the AVI, MPG, OGG, WMA, WAV, and the popular MP3 formats among others.
If the source audio is stored on a CD media instead of the local drive, click on the 'Add CD Track' option instead. This will allow the user to grab CD tracks and add them to the audio list to be compiled. The application has the ability to connect to the CD database (CDDB) to retrieve album information and other data associated with the audio file.
The application allows the adding of an entire album via the 'Add Album' tab. The limit per album is 99 songs with a feature to navigate to each album in the compilation from the root menu. This feature is useful if the entire album will be copied without exception.
After completing the importation of the audio files to the Audio List, the user has the option to modify it or listen to the selections before starting the burning process. Click on the 'Rename', 'Move Down', 'Move UP', 'Delete', or 'Play' options accordingly.
Click on the 'Design' button to edit the DVD navigation menu that will be included in the burning process. The user can incorporate background images into the menu format as well as change fonts and colors of the menu items simply by clicking on the 'Change Font' button.
The final step is writing the audio DVD. This is done by clicking on the 'Produce' button to initiate the burning process. The user must check if the correct Source and Destination are specified. When everything is in order, click on the 'Start' button to begin the process. After completing the writing to the DVD, it can be played back in any DVD player.