Welcome to Audio DVD Creator guide! Audio DVD Creator lets you create your own Audio DVD, and play it on any DVD player. Audio DVD Creator creates not just DVDs: it lets you also create Audio CD, and play it in your car or on your home stereo.
Audio DVD Creator is very easy to use, the Wizard will guide you step by step, and you just need to click "Next" and "Back" button to go through the creation of your Audio DVD or Audio CD.
1. First Step - Welcome to Audio DVD Creator!
When you start up the application, you will see a "Welcome" page. If you are a fresh user, just click "New Project" button, and a "New Project" window will be shown. You can click "Audio DVD" button to create a new project for Audio DVD, or click "Audio CD" button to create a new project for Audio CD. The project is a file which will save all the information of your Audio DVD or Audio CD, so that you can edit it later.
After you click the "Audio DVD" button, the Wizard will go to the next step "Settings" page. If you click the "Audio CD" button, the Wizard will go to "Author" page since there are no settings for Audio CD.
The guide below will describe the steps of creating Audio DVD, and the steps of creating Audio CD are quite similar to Audio DVD.
2. Second Step - Settings
In "Settings" page, you can set some essential options for creating your Audio DVD.
Select the audio encoding format: PCM (48 kHz/16 bit) has high quality which is similar to Audio CDs, the total playing time is up to 6 hours. PCM (96 kHz/24 bit) has the best quality, but total play time is only 2 hours. AC3 (192 kbps) has high quantity, the total playing time is up to 45 hours, and the quality is still good. If your DVD player supports, you can select AC3 (128 kbps) to hold more audio files on one Audio DVD. A number of coding rates are also provided to allow a flexible balance to be selected between playing time and audio quality.
Select the TV Mode which is compatible with your DVD player.
NTSC: NTSC (National Television Standards Committee) is a standard used in North America and Japan. It has the ability to display up to 525 lines of resolution.
PAL: PAL (Phase Alternating Line), a standard used almost everywhere else in the world, has the ability to display 625 lines of resolution.
Select the theme to customize the appearance of your Audio DVD. It consists of a DVD menu and a title background image which will be displayed continuously throughout audio playback. You can click "Customize" to create your own theme.
Click the "Customize" button to open the "Customize Theme" window. You can create a new theme, edit a theme you created before, change the background image of Menu or Title and change the color of text and edge.
Set the project name that will be the default Volume Name of your Audio DVD.
When you finish the settings, click "Next" to "Author" Page!
3. Third Steps - Author
Now you can add your favorite Audio CDs or MP3, WAV files to Audio DVD project.
Let's add Audio CD tracks at first. You can click "Add Audio CD" button in the left upper corner of "Author" Page.
In "Add Audio CD" window, you can see all your CD/DVD drives in the CD-ROM list. Please insert an Audio CD disc to your CD-ROM, and select it in the CD-ROM list. Audio DVD Creator will select all the tracks by default.
You can click "Get Remote CDDB", and Audio DVD Creator will try to get CDDB information from freedb.org, then update the Album, Song Name, and other information. When you click "Add to Project", Audio DVD Creator will rip initially the selected audio tracks to WAV files on hard disk, then import the tracks to the project.
If you cannot connect to the default freedb server, please click "Update CDDB Server List" to get the mirror server list. Then you can select other freedb servers and try again.
You can also use the ThirdParty CD Rip Tools to rip your CDs to WAV files at first, then add them by "Add Music Files" function.
By clicking "Add Music Files", you can add audio files on your hard disk to the project.
"Add Music Files" window has an explorer-like interface: you can navigate to the directory which contains your audio files, you can see all the supported audio files in the file list, and you can click "Add Folder" to import all the audio flies in current directory to the "Import File List", or you can select specific audio files and click "Add Files" to import them to "Import File List".
"Create DVD Title" is an option of how to add Music files into different Titles.
Automatically: Music files in one folder will be added into the same DVD Title;
one-album-one-title: Music files which have same Album tag will be added into the same DVD Title;
one-file-one-title: Every music file will be added into different DVD Titles;
all-files-one-title: All music files in "Import File List" will be added into one DVD Title.
Finally, you can click “OK” to import all the audio files in the "Import File List" to project.
After importing audio files to project, you will return to "Author" page, and you can see all the audio files in the project file list.
"DVD Titles" shows the project layout of your Audio DVD.
You can use "Add Title", "Delete", "Up", "Down" buttons or the pop up menu by right clicking on the project file list, to edit the layout of titles and audio files.
a. Add a new Title, and move the music file into it.
b. Drag & drop the Title or music file to any position.
c. Move up & down the Title and music file.
Audio DVD Creator will set the Title/Song caption automatically:
1) If the ID3Tag or CDDB information is available, it will be used.
2) If the ID3Tag or CDDB information is not available, Folder/File Name will be used.
If you want to edit Title/Song/Artist caption, just select a node and click "Edit Caption" in pop up menu with a mouse right-click or click "Enter" key.
The Title/Song caption will be shown on DVD Menus.
By right clicking on the title name row, and choose "Select Title Image", you can assign a background image for that title.
Note: please check the size of project by the indication of Data Size Pie Graph, to make sure that it does not exceed the 4.3 GB (which is the max size of DVDR).
The maximum play time in one DVD title is 6h:30m.
The maximum number of audio files in one DVD title is 98.
The maximum number of DVD title is 99.
4. Fourth Step - Preview your Audio DVD
You can preview your Audio DVD anytime when you are authoring it. If it's not what you want, you can back to "Author" page or "Settings" page to modify the project, and preview it again and again until you are satisfied.
5. Fifth Step - Create Audio DVD
You can export the Audio DVD to hard disk folder, so initially you can check it with a software DVD player, then you can burn it with your favorite DVD burning software.
You can also burn the Audio DVD directly with the internal burning engine of Audio DVD Creator or use the third party burning program on your PC. If you have multiple DVD writers on your PC, please select it form the DVD writer list. You can set the Volume Name of your Audio DVD too.
Ready? Click "Go!" to create your Audio DVD!
6. Sixth Step
Now, you just need to wait a while for the finish. you can also click "Cancel" to stop processing and back to "Create" page.After about 30 to 300 minutes (depends on the power of your PC), your Audio DVD will be created successfully. Enjoy it!
How to play your Audio DVD?
You can play the DVD created by Audio DVD Creator as well as the tasks you normally do perform with a commercial DVD. Besides, there are some useful (but not so obvious) features we want you know.
- How to select tracks when the created DVD has more than 10 albums (DVD titles)?
- The created Audio DVD displays 10 albums (DVD titles) at a time in the DVD menu. You can press the Left/Right arrow buttons on the DVD remote to access the next/previous 10 albums.
- Play music directly (skip the DVD menu) when you insert the created DVD.
- If you check the option "Play music directly instead of showing
menu when disc inserted" in the "Settings" window (the second step)
for creating Audio DVD, the DVD menu won't be shown and the first
track (DVD title) will be played when you insert the DVD. You can
access the DVD menu through the DVD remote whenever you want later.
Actually this is not an option of playing the Audio DVD because
you cannot change the behavior once the DVD is made. So make a choice
before making the DVD.
- Return to the current page of the DVD menu.
- Press the "Title Menu" button on the DVD remote will bring you to the first page of the DVD menu which will display titles from 1 to 10. Also, by pressing the "Root Menu" button on the DVD remote, you can access the menu which contains the currently playing title. For example, when you plays a track in title 23, press "Root Menu" button will bring you to the menu which will display titles from 21 to 30.