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The complete idiot's guide to creating your own CDs
Ogletree, Terry William.
Personal Author:
Second ed.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Alpha, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:
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TK7895.C39 O35 2002 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area
TK7895.C39 O35 2002 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area

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An easy-to-follow guide to the world of CD recording, covering the ins and outs of CD-recordable and CD-rewritable technology and the tools and software that make CD recording and writing so simple and useful.

Author Notes

Todd Brakke has been around PCs since he was tall enough to tug on his dad's pantleg and ask how to boot a Star Trek game on the family Apple II. Since then, he grew (physically, anyway) and went on to be a published reviewer, columnist, and editor for various online and print PC game publications. After helping lay the groundwork for the dot-bomb implosions as the editor-in-chief of a PC gaming Web site, he became a development editor for a major computer book publisher. There, among many other projects, he helped develop the first edition of Terry Ogletree's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating Your Own CDs while also penning several articles for Computer Games Magazine (formerly Computer Games Strategy Plus). For this second edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating Your Own CDs, Terry has enticed (i.e., bribed) him to step out from behind the curtain to help co-author the book.

Terry W. Ogletree currently works as a technical consultant for The Computer Merchant. He has worked with computers for more than 20 years. Terry has thoroughly trained and worked with OpenVMS, UNIX, and TCP/IP platform systems. He has also had extensive experience with all flavors of Windows NT. He is the lead author for Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Third Edition, Windows XP Professional Unleashed, and Practical Firewalls (Que).

Table of Contents

Part 1 So You Want to Create Some CDs, Do You? An Essential CD Technology Primerp. 1
1 The Digital Revolution!p. 3
Recordable CDs and DVDs: A Revolution in Data Storagep. 4
What to Look for in a CD Burnerp. 9
Software Applications Used in This Bookp. 12
Where Do You Go from Here?p. 13
2 The Machine Behind the Curtain: How CDs and Recordable CDs Workp. 15
Snakes, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails; What Are CDs Made Of?p. 16
Mastering the Mastering Processp. 19
Drawing the Property Lines: How Information Is Arranged on a CDp. 20
Recordable CDs Are a Burning Issue!p. 21
The Murky Waters of Multisession CDsp. 24
Best of Both Worlds: CDs with Data and Audiop. 26
Part 2 Quick and Painless: Duplicating CDsp. 29
3 Easy Copying with Easy CD Creatorp. 31
What Kinds of CDs Can You Copy?p. 32
Copying from a CD-ROM Drive to a CD-RW Drivep. 34
Using Advanced Copying Featuresp. 39
4 Using NTI CD-Maker to Copy CDsp. 45
Selecting the CD Copy Functionp. 46
Creating a CD Image File on Your Hard Diskp. 52
Using the Compare CDs Function to Check Your Copyp. 54
Part 3 Digital Jukeboxes and PC Life Insurance: The Zen of Making Audio or Data CDsp. 55
5 Drag and Drop with Easy CD Creatorp. 57
Creating a MusicCD Project CDp. 59
Creating a DataCD Project CDp. 78
Creating an MP3 CD Project CDp. 82
Creating a Disc Image and Burning It to a CDp. 85
6 NTI CD-Maker: Says What It Does and Does What It Saysp. 89
Creating a Custom Audio CDp. 89
Creating Data CDsp. 99
7 Your Very Own Recording Studio: Using Easy CD Creator SoundStreamp. 113
What Is SoundStream?p. 113
Creating a CD as Easy as 1, 2, 3 ... and 4p. 115
Getting the Most from SoundStream with the Options Drawerp. 125
Part 4 Eat Your Heart Out, Mr. Spielberg: Creating Video CDsp. 135
8 Pre-Production: What Any Home Video Producer Needsp. 137
Video on CD?p. 137
Buying a Video Capture Devicep. 140
9 Toss Your VCR: Using Video CD Creator to Create Video CDsp. 143
Creating a Video CDp. 143
Using the VCD Creatorp. 144
Creating the Video CD Layout and Adding Itemsp. 147
10 Using NTI CD-Maker for Video CDs and Super Video CDsp. 157
What's the Difference Between a Video CD and a Super Video CD?p. 157
Creating the Video CD Layoutp. 159
Creating the Video CDp. 166
Part 5 Limitless Real Estate for Your Data: Using a CD Recorder Like a Hard Diskp. 169
11 Dial Direct with Easy CD Creator DirectCDp. 171
CD-R, CD-RW, DirectCD, and Youp. 171
Using DirectCD from Roxiop. 172
Using the DirectCD Discp. 177
12 Using NTI FileCDp. 179
Using NTI FileCDp. 179
How to Format a FileCD Discp. 181
Adding Files to a FileCD Discp. 184
Other FileCD Optionsp. 184
Part 6 Picasso Was Overrated: Creating Great-Looking CD Labels and Jewel Case Insertsp. 187
13 What Do I Need to Make Great Labels and Inserts?p. 189
So Many Programs, So Many Labelsp. 189
Card Stock and Jewel Case Insertsp. 190
CD Label Do's and Don'tsp. 192
14 Making Killer Labels with Easy CD Creator CD Label Creatorp. 195
Using Roxio's CD Label Creator for Audio CDsp. 196
Using Roxio's CD Label Creator for Data CDsp. 206
Choosing Your Theme and Backgroundp. 208
Let's Talk About Preferencesp. 210
Taking It to the Next Level: Advanced Ways to Edit Your CD Labels and Insertsp. 212
Close the Case (Jewel That Is)p. 220
15 Using NTI JewelCase Makerp. 221
Create a Label Setp. 221
Creating the Remainder of the Label Setp. 230
Printing Label Setsp. 232
Part 7 Wait! There's More, So Buy Now: More Fun Software and Utilities!p. 237
16 MusicMatch: Making Your PC the Ultimate Jukeboxp. 239
Introducing MusicMatch Jukebox 6.1p. 240
Getting to Know MusicMatchp. 240
Putting MusicMatch Jukebox to Workp. 248
A Perfect Match?p. 254
17 Using NTI Music Cafe Litep. 255
Overview of Cafe Litep. 255
Creating and Using Playlistsp. 256
Using Music Cafe Lite to Play Songs on a Playlistp. 258
Burning a CD from a Playlistp. 259
18 Making Digital PhotoAlbums with Roxio PhotoRelayp. 261
Creating Electronic Photo Albums on CD--Using PhotoRelayp. 262
Burning an Album to CDp. 269
Web and E-Mail Functionsp. 274
19 Roxio's Sound Editorp. 277
Using the Sound Editorp. 277
20 I Ain't Got No CDs, but You Should See All My New Coasters: Troubleshooting CD Recordingp. 287
Hey, Nothing's Perfect!p. 287
It Helps to Start with a Perfect Sourcep. 289
Who Can Read Whatp. 289
A Look at Common CD-R and CD-RW Recording Problemsp. 290
Don't Overlook Hardware and Software Problemsp. 296
A Installing Roxio Easy CD Creatorp. 299
B Installing NTI CD-Makerp. 309
C The Colorful Books of CD Standardsp. 317
Indexp. 323