User’s Guide
Nero Express 6
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Table of Contents
1
Introduction.......................................................................................... 6
1.1
1.2
1.3
2
Installing Nero Express 6.................................................................... 8
2.1
2.2
2.3
3
Creating your first data disc .............................................................27
Bootable Data Discs ..........................................................................35
For Advanced Users ..........................................................................39
Hide Files.............................................................................................39
Music .................................................................................................. 40
5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.4.1
5.5
Nero Express
Opening Nero Express 6 for the first time!......................................10
Go Nero! Button.................................................................................14
More Button........................................................................................15
Configure .............................................................................................16
Save Tracks To Hard Drive .................................................................17
Erase Disc ...........................................................................................20
Disc Info...............................................................................................21
Cover Designer....................................................................................21
Nero Toolkit........................................................................................22
Nero CD-DVD Speed...........................................................................23
Nero DriveSpeed .................................................................................24
Nero Wave Editor (Retail Only).........................................................26
Data..................................................................................................... 27
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.3.1
5
System Requirements .........................................................................8
Installing Nero Express 6....................................................................9
Uninstalling Nero Express 6 ...............................................................9
Getting Started................................................................................... 10
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.3.1
3.3.2
3.3.3
3.3.4
3.3.5
3.4
3.4.1
3.4.2
3.5
4
Welcome to Nero Express 6 ...............................................................6
OEM vs. Retail Versions of Nero Express 6 ......................................7
Nero Express 6 SE's special features................................................7
Music...................................................................................................40
Creating your first audio disc ...........................................................41
Creating a disc with audio and data.................................................46
MP3 .....................................................................................................51
Information mp3PRO encoder plug-in .................................................55
WMA....................................................................................................57
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5.6
5.7
5.7.1
5.7.2
6
Video/Pictures.................................................................................... 73
6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
6.4.1
7
10.4
10.5
System requirements ......................................................................107
Printing LightScribe labels .............................................................108
Creating a compilation, and burning and printing LightScribe
labels.................................................................................................108
Printing LightScribe labels (without burning a compilation).......123
LightScribe FAQs ............................................................................135
Preferences ...................................................................................... 137
11.1
11.2
11.3
11.4
11.5
11.6
11.7
11.8
11.9
Nero Express
Disc Image or Saved Project ............................................................99
Creating a disc from a disc image ...................................................99
Creating a disc from a saved project .............................................103
LightScribe....................................................................................... 107
10.1
10.2
10.3
11
Copy Entire Disc ................................................................................94
Disc Image or Saved Project ............................................................ 99
9.1
9.2
9.3
10
DVD .....................................................................................................87
Selecting your recorder ....................................................................88
Creating your first DVD disc .............................................................90
Creating a DVD-Video disc from DVD-Video files...........................90
Copy Entire Disc ................................................................................ 94
8.1
9
Video/Pictures....................................................................................73
Creating your first video disc ...........................................................73
Creating your first super video disc ................................................79
Advanced Users.................................................................................85
Video and Super Video Properties ......................................................85
DVD ..................................................................................................... 87
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
8
Nero Digital Audio .............................................................................61
For Advanced Users ..........................................................................66
Image Recorder ...................................................................................66
Audio Properties ..................................................................................67
Preferences ......................................................................................137
General Tab ......................................................................................137
Cache Tab.........................................................................................139
Language Tab ..................................................................................140
Sounds Tab ......................................................................................141
Expert Features Tab ........................................................................142
Database Tab ...................................................................................143
Ultrabuffer Tab .................................................................................145
Misc Tab ...........................................................................................146
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12
Technical Support ........................................................................... 147
12.1
12.2
Nero Express
F.A.Q.’s .............................................................................................147
Contact .............................................................................................149
13
Glossary ........................................................................................... 150
14
Index ................................................................................................. 163
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1 Introduction
1.1 Welcome to Nero Express 6
Welcome to the world of CD/DVD burning! Thank you for your purchase of Nero
Express 6 – one of the easiest and most reliable CD/DVD recording packages to
help store your data, music, and video on CD or DVD.
With our state-of-the-art technology and nonstop drive for improving our software,
we are continuously implementing the latest know-how, to do our part in making
sure that your burning experience is easy and trouble-free.
As you read this step-by-step instruction guide, it will assist you in creating your
first disc – whether it is Data, Audio, Video, or SVCD. You will soon see how easy
the process can be and you will shortly be on your way to making your first disc!
Nero AG realized that not everyone is a long time user or an expert their first time
burning a CD/DVD and many users needed a little help with their first recording.
So with this understanding, the User’s Guide was created with the very new
users in mind.
Nero Express 6 is a new and innovative wizard based recording application
based on the main application Nero. With the main essentials included such as
data, audio, copy, and video, it will also work with the DVD-RW, and DVD+RW
drives.
You are able to record MP3’s, archive your favourite photo’s, among the many
features of this software.
If you are a user of Nero, Nero Express 6 is automatically integrated. For details
about Nero, please see the Nero manual.
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1.2 OEM vs. Retail Versions of Nero Express 6
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. It basically means that the
Nero Software that was bundled with your recorder is a smaller version of the
Retail package. It will not have as many features and you would need to upgrade
in order to have full functionality and take advantage of the great new features!
If you are an owner of the Nero Burning ROM Retail version, the following
options are included:
Virus checking before burning
Crossfading option
Use of two recorders simultaneously
1.3 Nero Express 6 SE's special features
Nero Express 6 SE differs from the full version of Nero Express 6, both in
relation to the types of compilation possible, and in the software's range of
functions:
The following compilations are not possible:
miniDVD
Bootable CDs / DVDs
Audio and data
Nero Digital Audio CDs / DVDs
Super Video CDs
The following features are not included or are only available to a limited
extent:
Nero Cover Designer
It is not possible to save audio tracks
Rewritable discs can only be erased using Nero StartSmart
Information on the discs can only be obtained using Nero StartSmart
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2 Installing Nero Express 6
2.1 System Requirements
Your system should come with a pre-installed operating system or you may
choose to upgrade your operating system to the latest. Below you will find a list of
those that Nero Express 6 support. Please check to make sure that you have
one of the following operating systems:
Operating System
Windows 98/SE
Windows ME
Windows 2000 (service pack 4 or higher)
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
Hardware
Your PC must have a 500 MHz system or higher recommended. Please refer
to the PC manuals that came with your system for system configuration
information.
You must have at least 64 MB RAM memory. Generally, more would be better.
The hard disk access time should be less than 19 milliseconds
Graphics card with 8 MB or higher (for video).
We recommend that Nero Express 6 will be most comfortable to work with in
a screen resolution of 1024x768 or greater.
700 MB of free hard drive space for drive images recommended. Generally,
more would be better.
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2.2 Installing Nero Express 6
Step 1: Insert the Nero Express 6 CD-ROM into your CD/DVD drive on your PC.
If you have a feature called “Autorun” activated, this will start your installation
process automatically.
If you do not have “Autorun” activated, you can go to My Computer > Click on the
drive letter of the CD/DVD drive > click setup.exe
Step 2: Follow prompts until you are finished installing the software.
Step 3: Restart your PC
2.3 Uninstalling Nero Express 6
Step 1: Go to Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
In some operating systems, you will find - Start > Settings > Control Panel.
Step 2: Select Nero Express 6 in the Add or Remove Programs window and
click “remove”.
Step 3: In some cases, you will find that when removing software, there will be
one or two files that the operating system will ask if you want them removed since
they may be shared by other programs. If you are unsure, always opt to keep
these files.
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3 Getting Started
3.1 Opening Nero Express 6 for the first time!
Now that we are ready to start recording your first disc, let us begin by opening
the program Nero Express 6.
Depending on the version, you can open up the software program as follows:
a. Start >(All) Programs > Nero > Nero 6 > Nero Express.
b. Start >(All) Programs > Nero > Nero 6 Ultra Edition > Nero Express.
c. Start > (All) Programs > Nero > Nero OEM > Nero Express.
F.Y.I.! The path how to open Nero Express 6 described above can differ in some
versions.
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Step 1: As the window opens up, the software will scan for your CD-R/RW/DVD
to make sure that you have a supported device on your PC. If you do not, please
contact www.nero.com to find out if your recorder is supported or to locate the
latest driver.
F.Y.I.! You can disable this window in the future by checking the box in the lower
hand corner of the window
Step 2: A request for a serial number will only appear if a retail registered version
of Nero 6 or Nero Express 6 was not found on the system and the following
window will appear:
Please personalize your software by entering your name, company, and serial
number. When you are finished, please click “OK”.
If you have a demo version of Nero Express 6, please click the “Demo” button
for your trial period.
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You will have an option to purchase your serial number online so that you are
able to register your software copy.
Step 3: From this window, you will be able to select the project you want to burn.
As you further explore this User’s Guide, you will be able to make the CD/DVD of
your choice! Please see the following chapters on how to make various types of
projects.
F.Y.I.! You can switch over to the main application Nero Burning ROM by
selecting the “Nero” button at the bottom.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE, the 'Upgrade' button will appear
instead of the 'Nero' one. If you click on this button you will be led to the Nero
Website http://www.nero.com, where you can obtain an upgrade of your Nero
Express 6 SE version and make use of all its functions.
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3.2 Go Nero! Button
When this option is selected, you will change over to the more powerful burning
program Nero Burning ROM 6 with additional features and options.
You can toggle back and forth between the user-friendly interface Nero Express
6 and the full version Nero Burning ROM 6.
If you are a first time user of software burning products, may we suggest you start
first with Nero Express 6. As you gradually become familiar with the burning
technology, you can switch over to Nero Burning ROM 6 for a more powerful
user interface and additional features.
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3.3 More Button
When you click the “More” button on the bottom of the Nero Express 6 screen,
an extra window will appear for additional options
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE, you will no longer be able to use the
'More' button. Instead of this, the 'Configure' button will appear. This lets you
configure Nero Express 6 SE. All the other functions available in this extended
area can either be selected using Nero StartSmart ('Erase disc' and 'Disc info')
or will no longer be offered ('Save tracks' and 'Cover Designer').
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3.3.1
Configure
Change the settings on your Nero Express 6 software for optimal use. When you
click on “More” then the “Configure” button, the “Preferences” window will appear.
You are able to modify the settings for the database, language, cache, and many
other features in this software.
For further information, please have a look on chapter 'Preferences'.
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3.3.2
Save Tracks To Hard Drive
You can save individual tracks or an entire disc to your hard drive with this
function. In addition, you are able to play the audio tracks, remove the silences
between the audio tracks and use jitter control. These are some of the many
features in “Save Tracks To Hard Drive”.
When you select “Save tracks to hard drive”, a window will appear asking you to
select your drive:
When your drive has been selected, you are now able to view all the files on your
disc.
You will also have various other options in this window.
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Select All – To select all the files in your Track List window
Output way – You have the option of Digital or Analog.
Output file format – Select the type of format you would like to save your audio
file as.
Settings – Select the stereo or mono settings for your audio file.
Path – Select the place on your hard drive in which you will save your audio file.
File name creation method – Type in the name of your audio file by checking
“User Defined” or select “Manual” for the default name.
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Options – A drop-down box will appear when the “Options” button is clicked.
Jitter correction - Jitter correction synchronizes the data information by
overlapping the sectors and therefore no gaps are created.
Remove silence – Removes the silences at the end of each audio track.
Automatically generate an M3U playlist of stored audio tracks – This option
will automatically generate a playlist of all the audio tracks that are stored on your
hard disk or CD reading device.
Read speed – Select the speed in which your CD device will read the files.
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3.3.3
Erase Disc
When a CD-RW disc is in your drive, you have the option to erase your disc so
that additional data may be added to it.
Quick-erase rewritable media – The media will appear to be empty but the data
is not physically erased. The table of contents is left on the disc.
Full-erase rewritable media – This option will fully erase all data on the media.
This procedure will take some time.
Use Multiple Recorders (option only available in the retail package) – Erase
discs in multiple recorders attached to your PC.
Choose erase speed – Select the erase speed.
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3.3.4
Disc Info
This option will allow you to view all the contents on your disc.
The total capacity and available capacity will be shown in addition to the sessions
and tracks.
3.3.5
Cover Designer
Included with your version of Nero Express 6 is the Nero Cover Designer with
which you are able to create covers and labels for your CD´s and DVD´s using
pre-designed templates or your own designs.
When launched from or after a Data, Audio or Audio and Data project in Nero
Express 6, the contents will be automatically imported, saving you the
annoyance of having to manually type them in.
You can also start the Nero Cover Designer independently of Nero Express 6
by going to the Start > All Programs > Nero > Nero 6 > then > Nero Cover
Designer. (For some operating systems, you will find - Start > Programs > Nero
> Nero Cover Designer.
F.Y.I.! The path how to open Nero Express 6 described above can differ in some
versions.
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Please see the separate Nero Cover Designer User's Guide for full instructions
on how to make professional looking covers and labels.
Included with your version of Nero Express 6 is the Nero Cover Designer. You
are now able to create labels for your jewel cases and discs with the predesigned templates or create them on your own with the user-friendly interface.
You will have the ability to automatically create playlists and/or filename lists,
thus saving you the annoyance of having to manually type them in. In addition,
playlists from external sources (such as FreeDB) can be accessed and used.
Please see enclosed manual for instructions on how to use this feature.
3.4 Nero Toolkit
The Nero Toolkit is a collection of tools and utilities designed to give you
detailed information about your drive(s) as well as advanced control. To start the
Nero Toolkit utilities, go to Start > All Programs > Nero > then > Nero Toolkit
> then select the desired utility. (For some operating systems, you will find Start > Programs > Nero > Nero Toolkit).
F.Y.I.! The path how to open Nero Express 6 described above can differ in some
versions.
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3.4.1
Nero CD-DVD Speed
Nero CD-DVD Speed is a CD-ROM/DVD benchmark which can test the some of
the important features of a CD-ROM/DVD drive. These tests include:
Transfer rate
Seek times
CPU usage
Burst rate
DAE quality
Transfer rate
Spinup/spindown time
Insert a relatively full disc into your CD-ROM or CD-R/RW/DVD drive and click
“Start”. It will then start to run all the benchmark tests on your drive.
There are regular updates for this utility so please make sure you go to
www.cdspeed2000.com to check for the latest version from time to time.
The latest important change is the addition of a new test: ScanDisc. Basically,
ScanDisc will show you the quality of a disc.
The test consists of two parts:
File Test which simply reads all files on the disc and reports all errors. This test
can also be used for benchmarking to give you an idea on how well the drive
performs with for example software installing.
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Surface Scan checks the quality of each sector and shows the results in a
graph.
3.4.2
Nero DriveSpeed
Nero DriveSpeed is an Nero AG utility, which will set the reading speed of a CDROM/DVD drive.
When you are running this utility for the first time, this window will appear. You
can detect all the support speeds of your recorder by clicking on the “Detect”
button and the information will appear to the left.
You can remove certain supported speeds if you feel they are not needed by
clicking on the “Remove” button.
In addition, you can select the language of your choice by going to the Language
box and choosing your preferred language.
After your speed selection and language has been made, you can view the read
speed and spin down time of your recorder.
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Run at startup – You can select to run Nero Drive Speed when you turn on your
computer.
Start minimized – You can have Nero Drive Speed start when you turn on your
computer but minimized in the background so it will not disturb your work.
Restore speed settings at startup – You can return to default speed settings
once you restart your computer.
The ability for limiting the reading speed of a CD-ROM drive is a must have
feature for high speed drives. Although a high speed drive allows you to transfer
data in less time, there are some disadvantages of using such a drive
A drive faster than 24x can be very noisy which is not surprising as the spindle
speed can be as high as 12000 RPM which is much faster than for example a
hard disk. If the drive only needs to access the CD for a short period of time, for
example software installation, then this is not such a big problem. But it can get
irritating when you're using the drive to play MP3 files. In many cases the noise
from the drive is louder than the sound from the audio file. The data rate of a
MP3 file is usually about 16 KB/sec (@128 kbps) which equals to approximately
0.1X! So a reading speed of 4X is more then adequate for playing MP3's.
You can also use Nero DriveSpeed to increase the DAE speed with some
drives. Asus drives for example set the default DAE speed to 8X while these
drives are actually capable of DAE at up to 20X or even higher!
Speed set after a disc is inserted (Auto Insert Notification must be enabled)
This has been implemented because many drives lose their speed setting
when a new disc is inserted.
Bug fix: speed settings not saved on some configurations
Other small bug fixes/improvements
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3.5 Nero Wave Editor (Retail Only)
When you right-mouse click on an audio title in an Audio CD compilation, a
window will appear in which you can select the “Audio Editor”.
This will launch the Nero Wave Editor with the audio file you selected where you
can edit your song in the minutest of detail, create enhancements for your audio
track, add fades, effect filters and numerous other features.
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4 Data
4.1 Creating your first data disc
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Data > Data Disc.
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Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to start adding data to your
layout for recording to disc.
Step 3: There are three very simple ways to add data to the layout window to
make this process quick and easy.
button to select the files you would like to
Option One: Click the
burn. A window will appear that looks very similar to Windows Explorer and from
here, you are able to choose the files you would like to record and save on disc.
Once you have selected your file(s), please click Add.
Option Two: Add data using Windows Explorer - please go to the Start button in
the corner of your screen All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
F.Y.I.! Some operating systems will have Start > Programs > Windows
Explorer
When the Windows Explorer appears, you can drag the data you would like to
record into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Option Three: Add data using My Computer - please click the
icon. From
this window, you can drag and drop your files into the Nero Express 6 layout.
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The options for the following feature will vary depending on the project you
select. When selecting Data, Nero Digital Audio, MP3, WMA, or CD-Extra (Music
and Data) projects, your window will look like this:
You will have additional options for the date and time for your file name.
See chapter 'For Advanced Users' how to hide files
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Step 4: Once all your files have been added, click “Next” to prepare your disc for
burning.
Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
Current Recorder – The supported recorders you have connected to your PC
will be displayed and the Image Recorder if you chose to save to your hard drive.
Disc Name – Select a title for your disc.
Writing Speed – Select the speed in which you would like to burn.
Number Of Copies – Select the number of copies you would like to burn.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
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When you are ready to burn and click the “More” button at the “Final Burn
Settings” window, another window will appear:
Track-At-Once - With this method, each track is individually written onto the disc.
The write operation is briefly interrupted after each track. This means that a CD-R
or CD-RW can be written on just like any standard disk.
Disc-At-Once - In this mode, all of the tracks are written in a single process onto
the disc without the laser being switched off. This format is best for audio CD’s
that will be played in home and car stereo equipment.
Finalize Disc – The disc will be closed and no additional data or audio can be
written to the disc after finalizing it.
Remove silence at end of *.cda tracks – Each audio track when written will
have a 2-second gap at the end. When checked, this silence is removed.
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Step 5: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first data disc! As you are burning, you will receive a status
window of the recording process.
Step 6: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
F.Y.I.! As one of the many great features in Nero Express 6, it has the ability to
make labels for the jewel case and disc you just burned.
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Step 7: When you click OK after the successful recording, you will be returned
back to the recording window. Please click “Next” to move forward to the
following window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
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4.2 Bootable Data Discs
Creating bootable CD’s as an emergency startup and backup disc is highly
recommended. Bootable CDs are compatible only under Windows 95/98,
Windows ME, Windows 2000, NT, XP or Windows Server 2003.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to compile bootable
discs. If you would like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then
click on the 'Upgrade' button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where
you can obtain an upgrade to the full version.
Step 1: Select your recorder then, under Data, select “Bootable Data Disc”.
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Step 2: You will be brought to the “Disc Content” window where you will be able
to add files. The files and folders will all be visible when you boot from the
bootable disc later on.
Step 3: Click the “Add” button to select the files for your bootable disc.
When you have completed adding all your files, click “Finished".
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Step 4: When you click on “Next”, a dialog will pop up prompting you to insert a
boot floppy disk. The information required to make a bootable data disc will be
read from the boot floppy disk. These are system files which actually allow a
system to boot from a CD and/or DVD. If you do not have a boot floppy disk or do
not know how to create one, please check the help files of your Windows
operating system.
Step 5: When the files have been read from the boot floppy disk, you will be at
the “Final Burn Settings” window.
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Step 6: When you click the “More” button, you will have additional write options
for your disc. You can determine the maximum write speed, simulate burning, or
just write straight to the disc.
When you have made your selection and are ready to record, please click the
“Burn” button!
F.Y.I.! You cannot make bootable Multisession discs!
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4.3 For Advanced Users
4.3.1
Hide Files
If you would like to “Hide” files on your CD/DVD for extra added security or
protection, this can easily be done from the project window.
Right-mouse click on the file in your project window and select “Properties”.
An additional window will appear with information on your file and the option to
check “Hide” to conceal your file.
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5 Music
5.1 Music
Audio
Now you can record your favourite audio CD’s, make a compilation of only the
songs you like, record MP3, Nero Digital Audio and also WMA discs. Learn how
to make WAV files and discs to play in your favorite MP3 player too!
Create a CD-Extra disc in which both data and audio are recorded to one disc.
You can play it in either your PC or your home/car stereo.
Editing title in Audio Contents window
When clicking on the title of your audio track, an edit window will appear in which
you can edit the song title.
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5.2 Creating your first audio disc
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Music > Audio CD.
Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to start adding audio to your
layout for recording to disc.
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Step 3: There are three very simple ways to add audio to the layout window to
make this process quick and easy.
F.Y.I.! If you want to make audio CDs from existing MP3/mp3PRO music files
you don’t need to convert these files into WAV files first. Nero includes a free
MP3/mp3PRO decoder, than automatically converts your MP3/mp3PRO files into
the appropriate format while you burn your audio CD. The audio CD can then be
played on all commercially available CD players (and most DVD players),
provided that the player can read CD-R (or CD-RW if you recorded on a CD-RW)
discs.
To make your own MP3/mp3PRO files (using music from your audio CDs or
audio files in supported formats such as WAV) you need the Nero MP3/mp3PRO
encoder, which can be purchased separately. You can find out more about the
MP3/mp3PRO encoder in chapter 5.3 or simply visit the Nero AG website at
www.nero.com.
button to select the files you would like to
Option One - Click the
burn. A window will appear that looks very similar to Windows Explorer and from
here, you are able to choose the files you would like to record and save on disc.
Once you have selected your file(s), please click Add.
Option Two - Add audio using Windows Explorer - please go to the Start button
in the corner of your screen All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
F.Y.I.! Some operating systems will have Start > Programs > Windows
Explorer
When the Windows Explorer appears, you can drag the audio you would like to
record into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Option Three - Add audio using My Computer - please click the
icon.
From this window, you can drag and drop your files into the Nero Express 6
layout.
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Editing title in Audio Contents window
When clicking on the title of your audio track, an edit window will appear in which
you can edit the song title.
Step 4: Once all your files have been added, click “Next” to prepare your disc for
burning.
Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
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For additional Burn Settings information, please refer to Chapter 'Preferences'.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
Step 5: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first audio disc! As you are burning, you will receive a status
window of the recording process.
Step 6: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
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Step 7: If you click OK after the successful recording, you will be returned back to
the recording window. Please click “Next” to move forward to the following
window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
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5.3 Creating a disc with audio and data
Step 1: When creating a disc with both Audio and Data, you can play the audio in
your home or car stereo and view the data files on your PC. From the project
selection page, select Music > Audio and Date CD.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to compile discs
containing both audio and data files. If you would like to use all of Nero
Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade' button. This will direct
you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an upgrade to the full version.
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Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to start adding audio to your
layout. You will add data first and music later.
There are three very simple ways to add data to the layout window to make this
process quick and easy.
button to select the files you would like to
Option One - Click the
burn. A window will appear that looks very similar to Windows Explorer and from
here, you are able to choose the files you would like to record and save on disc.
Once you have selected your file(s), please click Add.
Option Two - Add data using Windows Explorer - please go to the Start button in
the corner of your screen All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
F.Y.I.! Some operating systems will have Start > Programs > Windows
Explorer
When the Windows Explorer appears, you can drag the data you would like to
record into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Option Three - Add data using My Computer - please click the
icon. From
this window, you can drag and drop your files into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Please click Next
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Step 3: From here, you will add your data tracks. Please use the same method
for adding music files as you did for the data above.
Once all your files have been added, click “Next” to prepare your disc for burning.
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Step 4: Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
For additional Burn Settings information, please refer to Chapter 'Preferences'.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
Step 5: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first audio and data disc! As you are burning, you will receive a
status window of the recording process.
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Step 6: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
Step 7: When you click OK after the successful recording, you will be returned
back to the recording window. Please click “Next” to move forward to the
following window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc, it can be done from this window.
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If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
5.4 MP3
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Music > MP3 Disc.
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Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to start adding MP3 files to
your layout.
There are three very simple ways to add data to the layout window to make this
process quick and easy.
button to select the files you would like to
Option One - Click the
burn. A window will appear that looks very similar to Windows Explorer and from
here, you are able to choose the files you would like to record and save on disc.
Once you have selected your file(s), please click Add.
Option Two - Add data using Windows Explorer - please go to the Start button in
the corner of your screen All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
F.Y.I.! Some operating systems will have Start > Programs > Windows
Explorer
When the Windows Explorer appears, you can drag the data you would like to
record into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Option Three - Add data using My Computer - please click the
icon. From
this window, you can drag and drop your files into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Once all your files have been added, click “Next” to prepare your disc for burning.
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Step 3: Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
Step 4: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first MP3 disc! As you are burning, you will receive a status
window of the recording process.
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Step 5: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
Step 6: If you click “OK” after the successful recording, you will be returned back
to the recording window. Please click “Next” move forward to the following
window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
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If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
5.4.1
Information mp3PRO encoder plug-in
What is
?:
Using advanced technology and music structure analysis, mp3PRO creates files
that are more compact than original mp3 files with equal or better sound quality
and complete backwards and forwards compatibility. Your old mp3 files will play
without a problem on a new mp3PRO player. New mp3PRO files will play
correctly on old mp3 players, however, without the dramatic mp3PRO
improvements. Of course, new mp3PRO files played on a new mp3PRO decoder
will provide the optimal listening experience!
How the mp3PRO technology works:
When making an mp3PRO file, the new mp3PRO encoder splits audio recordings
into two parts. One part analyzes the low frequency band information and
encodes it into a normal mp3 stream. This allows the encoder to concentrate on
less information and allows it to do a better job of encoding. This also maintains
complete compatibility on old mp3 players. The second part analyzes the high
frequency band information and encodes it into a part of the mp3 stream that is
normally ignored by old mp3 decoders. New or upgraded mp3PRO decoders will
tap into this part of the stream and put the two bands back together, resulting in
the full audio bandwidth.
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More Music on your media:
Offering 128 kbps (kilo bits per second) performance at a 64 kbps encoding rate,
mp3PRO doubles the digital music capacity of flash memory and of compact
discs. For example, traditional audio CDs hold about 15 songs, and an mp3 CD
can hold 150 or more songs encoded at 128 kbps. In the near future, when mp3
CD players incorporate the mp3PRO decoder, consumers will be able to store
over 300 songs on an mp3PRO encoded Compact Disc.
Sound Quality:
The fact is, mp3PRO provides superior sound quality at lower bit rates than
traditional mp3. You simply have to experience the difference yourself.
Download the new demo version of Nero which includes a 30 times demo
version for the mp3PRO encoder.
If you already own the version 5.5.4.0 or higher of Nero (not the demo version),
then add UNLIMITED mp3PRO AND MP3 Encoding support with the "Nero
mp3PRO encoder Plug-in".
If you own an older version of Nero (below 5.5.4.0) you are still able to order the
MP3-Encoder (without "PRO").
The demo and update version of Nero 5.5.4.0 (and future updates) includes a 30
times trial version of the mp3PRO encoder for you to enjoy. After you’ve tested
the encoder 30 times you can decide if you want to buy the unlimited mp3PRO
encoder plug-in. The encoder will let you make both standard mp3s as well as
enhanced mp3PRO files!
If you already own the version 5.0.0.0 or higher (including Nero 5.5) of Nero (not
the demo version), then add UNLIMITED MP3 Encoding support with the "Nero
MP3 encoder Plug-in".
This encoder (without "PRO") cannot be upgraded later to mp3PRO.
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5.5 WMA
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Music > WMA Disc.
Step 2: In the next window, you are now ready to start adding WMA files to your
layout.
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There are three very simple ways to add data to the layout window to make this
process quick and easy.
Option One - Click the
button to select the files you would like to
burn. A window will appear that looks very similar to Windows Explorer and from
here, you are able to choose the files you would like to record and save on disc.
Once you have selected your file(s), please click Add.
Option Two - Add data using Windows Explorer - please go to the Start button in
the corner of your screen All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
F.Y.I.! Some operating systems will have Start > Programs > Windows
Explorer
When the Windows Explorer appears, you can drag the data you would like to
record into the Nero Express 6 layout.
icon. From
Option Three - Add data using My Computer - please click the
this window, you can drag and drop your files into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Once all your files have been added, click “Next” to prepare your disc for burning.
Step 3: Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
Current Recorder – The supported recorders you have connected to your PC
will be displayed and the Image Recorder if you chose to save to your hard drive.
Disc Name – Select a title for your disc.
Writing Speed – Select the speed in which you would like to burn.
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Number Of Copies – Select the number of copies you would like to burn.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
F.Y.I.! The WMA plugin will install WMA support within Nero. To install, just
download and execute the file.
Step 4: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first WMA disc! As you are burning, you will receive a status
window of the recording process.
Step 5: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
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Step 6: When you click “OK” after the successful recording, you will be returned
back to the recording window. Please click “Next” move forward to the following
window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
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5.6 Nero Digital Audio
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will be unable to compile Nero
Digital audio discs. If you would like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of
features, then click on the 'Upgrade' button. This will direct you to a secure online
shop, where you can obtain an upgrade to the full version.
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Music > Nero Digital Audio
Disc.
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Step 2: In the next window, you are now ready to start adding Nero Digital Audio
files to your layout.
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There are three very simple ways to add data to the layout window to make this
process quick and easy.
Option One - Click the
button to select the files you would like to
burn. A window will appear that looks very similar to Windows Explorer and from
here, you are able to choose the files you would like to record and save on disc.
Once you have selected your file(s), please click Add.
Option Two - Add data using Windows Explorer - please go to the Start button in
the corner of your screen All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
F.Y.I.! Some operating systems will have Start > Programs > Windows
Explorer
When the Windows Explorer appears, you can drag the data you would like to
record into the Nero Express 6 layout.
icon. From
Option Three - Add data using My Computer - please click the
this window, you can drag and drop your files into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Once all your files have been added, click “Next” to prepare your disc for burning.
Step 3: Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
Current Recorder – The supported recorders you have connected to your PC
will be displayed and the Image Recorder if you chose to save to your hard drive.
Disc Name – Select a title for your disc.
Writing Speed – Select the speed in which you would like to burn.
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Number Of Copies – Select the number of copies you would like to burn.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
Step 4: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first Nero Digital Audio disc! As you are burning, you will receive a
status window of the recording process.
Step 5: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
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Step 6: When you click “OK” after the successful recording, you will be returned
back to the recording window. Please click “Next” move forward to the following
window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
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5.7 For Advanced Users
5.7.1
Image Recorder
For details about how to create an image file, please see the Nero manual.
Enable Image Recorder for all supported recorder formats – When checked,
this will enable the Image recorder to be seen for all supported formats in the
main window.
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Current Recorder – When the “Image Recorder” has been selected for your
audio project, you will have two new additional options.
Title (CD-Text) – Select a title for your disc. It will appear on your LCD screen of
your home or car stereo provided that it supports the CD-Text function. Not all
players do!
Artist (CD-Text) – Select an artist name for your disc. It will appear on your LCD
screen of your home or car stereo provided that it supports the CD-Text function.
Number of copies – Select the number of disc copies you would like to make
5.7.2
Audio Properties
Normalize Audio files – Equalize levels of all the all audio tracks (Volume etc.).
No pause between tracks - When applied, all the audio tracks that will be
burned to disc will no longer have the two second gap between each song.
Select your music track in the audio layout then click the
“Properties” button. You will be able to see the resources of each audio file and
have the capabilities to change and edit the track.
5.7.2.1
Track Properties Tab
You will be able to see the basic track information and also edit the properties of
your audio files.
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File: Name of the MP3 file
Frequency: Stereo requirements for audio
Channels: Stereo requirements for audio
Resolution: Stereo requirements for audio
Title (CD-Text): The name of your song and the artist will be displayed on the
LCD panel of your stereo. Please make sure your equipment supports CD-Text.
Artist: Here you can enter the name of the artist for the song.
Pause: You can set the pause in-between each song by seconds or frames.
International Standard Recording Code (ISRC): An international identification
code for music, which was developed for identifying sound and music video
recordings.
Protection: When applied, you will add protection to your disc, so that it may not
be copied in the future.
Crossfade with previous track: When applied, this feature will blend the audio
tracks together. You can specify the amount of seconds you would like to blend
in-between each track
5.7.2.2
CD EXTRA tab
All information pertaining to the music track is defined in this window including
the language preferences.
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5.7.2.3
Indexes, Limits, Split Tab
Positions: Defines the start and end of your music track.
New Index: You are able to create a new index within your song. With this you
can then skip through the indexes with your audio player to find the particular
audio area you are looking for. Select an area in your song then click “New
Index”.
Define a place in the audio track and click your mouse there. Click the “New
index” button and a marker will be place there to mark the spot. If you want to be
extremely accurate, you can use the “Zoom In” button to view the tracks more
closely.
Split: This function will divide the song into the areas which you specified. Select
an area in the song and click “Split”. As an example, if you have one large audio
file of a live concert in which they play 12 songs and you would like to split the
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audio into 12 tracks, you would use this function. You can then play the audio in
a CD player and each track would be identified as a separate song so that you
can use the seek function to play each track without having to listen to the whole
music piece.
Define a place in the audio track and click your mouse there. Click the “Split”
button and a marker will be place there to mark the spot. If you would like to be
extremely accurate, you can use the “Zoom In” button to view the tracks more
closely.
Play: To play the song in its entirety or a selected portion by highlighting the
area, click “Play”.
Edit: You are able to edit the index or split markers by minutes, seconds, or
frames.
Select the marker and click “Edit”.
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You can edit the actual minutes, seconds, and frames of the audio file.
Delete: Delete the index or split markers that you have made by selecting the
index or split marker and clicking “Delete”.
Zoom In: View your song at close range.
Zoom Out: Have an overall large picture of your song.
Full View: View your song in full.
5.7.2.4
Filters Tab
You can change the audio effects by selecting one or more of the checkboxes
below. After selecting your filters, you can test the effects by choosing “Test
selected filters”.
Normalize: This filter may be used to set the volume of a track to a standard
volume. It may be useful to adjust the volumes of several tracks that were read
from different sound input devices.
DeClick: This filter can be used to remove click/pop/crackle sounds like those
that are caused by old scratched LP’s.
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Hiss Reduction: This filter reduces the hiss level of a given sound. It will remove
all audio in all frequencies that are below a certain threshold (hiss level). If audio
has a constant background hiss then it can be “noise gated” or removed
completely.
Fade In: this filter will gradually fade and blend tracks from silence to full volume.
It’s especially useful to shorten tracks. You will also need to edit the track limits
property page to shorten the track.
Fade Out: This filter will gradually fade out tracks from full volume to silence. It’s
especially useful to shorten tracks. You will also need to edit the track limits
property page to shorten the track.
Stereo Widening: This filter allows you to enhance or reduce the stereo effect of
an audio track. The filter will only have an effect if the original track is already
recorded in stereo. It will leave mono tracks unchanged.
Karaoke: This filter can be used to eliminate the vocals of a song. It works by
removing those parts of the song that are equal on both stereo channels.
Echo: This filter allows you to add an echo effect to the audio track.
Equalizer: This filter allows you to change the frequency, gain, bass, and treble
in your audio track.
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6 Video/Pictures
6.1 Video/Pictures
Video
Get those home movies ready! You can now take your movies or video clips and
store them to CD in miniDVD, Video CD or Super Video CD format. Super Video
CD (or SVCD) is very similar to a video CD, however, this format uses a
compression standard called MPEG to store the audio and data. VCD’s can be
played on most home video players that support this format and CD-ROM and
DVD-ROM players with appropriate software. SVCD discs can be played on DVD
players, PC’s with DVD-ROMS or a CD-ROM drive with software which allows
this type of video format to be seen.
6.2 Creating your first video disc
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Video > Video CD.
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Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to start adding data to your
layout for recording to disc.
Step 3: There are three very simple ways to add data to the layout window to
make this process quick and easy.
button to select the files you would like to
Option One - Click the
burn. A window will appear that looks very similar to Windows Explorer and from
here, you are able to choose the files you would like to record and save on disc.
Once you have selected your file(s), please click Add.
Option Two - Add data using Windows Explorer - please go to the Start button in
the corner of your screen All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
F.Y.I.! Some operating systems will have Start > Programs > Windows
Explorer
When the Windows Explorer appears, you can drag the data you would like to
record into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Option Three - Add data using My Computer - please click the
icon. From
this window, you can drag and drop your files into the Nero Express 6 layout.
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Step 4: Once all your files have been added, click “Next” to prepare your disc for
the layout.
In the My Video CD (VCD) menu, you can change the look of the menu by
clicking on the layout, background, and text buttons.
Layout – You are able to change the thumbnails and add or remove the header
and footer.
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Background – Add an image to your background or color. You can also change
the background mode so that you can scale to fit, center, etc…
Text – Change the font style, size, and enter footer and header text.
Show full screen menu – When applied, you will enlarge the screen to full size.
Set as default – Keep the settings you have just made as default if you like the
layout you have created.
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Step 5: Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
Step 6: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first VCD disc! As you are burning, you will receive a status
window of the recording process.
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Step 7: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
Step 8: If you click OK after the successful recording, you will be returned back to
the recording window. Please click “Next” to move forward to the following
window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
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If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
6.3 Creating your first super video disc
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to compile Super
Video CDs. If you would like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features,
then click on the 'Upgrade' button. This will direct you to a secure online shop,
where you can obtain an upgrade to the full version.
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Video Pictures > Super Video
CD (SVCD)
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Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to start adding data to your
layout for recording to disc.
Step 3: There are three very simple ways to add data to the layout window to
make this process quick and easy.
button to select the files you would like to
Option One - Click the
burn. A window will appear that looks very similar to Windows Explorer and from
here, you are able to choose the files you would like to record and save on disc.
Once you have selected your file(s), please click Add.
Option Two - Add data using Windows Explorer - please go to the Start button in
the corner of your screen All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
F.Y.I.! Some operating systems will have Start > Programs > Windows
Explorer
When the Windows Explorer appears, you can drag the data you would like to
record into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Option Three - Add data using My Computer - please click the
icon. From
this window, you can drag and drop your files into the Nero Express 6 layout.
Step 4: Once all your files have been added, click “Next” to prepare your disc for
the layout.
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In the My Super Video CD (SVCD) menu, you can change the look of the menu
by clicking on the layout, background, and text buttons.
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Layout – You are able to change the thumbnails and add or remove the header
and footer.
Background – Add an image to your background or color. You can also change
the background mode so that you can scale to fit, center, etc…
Text – Change the font style, size, and enter footer and header text.
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Show full screen menu – When checked, you will enlarge the screen to full size.
Set as default – Keep the settings you have just made as default if you like the
layout you have created.
Step 5: Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
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Step 6: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first SVCD disc! As you are burning, you will receive a status
window of the recording process.
Step 7: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
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Step 8: If you click OK after the successful recording, you will be returned back to
the recording window. Please click “Next” to move forward to the following
window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
6.4 Advanced Users
6.4.1
Video and Super Video Properties
You are able to change the video parameters within the Video and Super Video
layout. When in the layout window, select the file and click “Properties”.
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Scaling method – When scaling the size of your video, you will have the choice
of Maximize, Scale and clip, or Scale and fit.
Pause after Track – After each picture clip or video, you have the option to
replay infinitely until the user stops the program or sets the pause after the track
by seconds.
Select picture to use as thumbnail – The slider can move your video frame by
frame. Select the frame in which you would like to represent your thumbnail.
Title – Select the title for your video
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7 DVD
7.1 DVD
DVD Disc
If you have a supported DVD recorder (Please visit www.nero.com the list of
currently supported DVD recorders) you can burn DVD discs in the same way
you would burn CDs. Not all the various formats that exist for CD have their
counterpart on DVD. Therefore, once you have chosen to record a DVD, the
“Project Selection” page will look slightly different. You have the choice of burning
a data disc, an MP3 audio disc, an WMA audio disc, an Nero Digital Audio disc,
burning existing DVD-Video files to DVD-Video, copying an entire DVD, opening
a previously saved project or burning a previously created DVD disc image.
Please note that to make a DVD-Video title from video files (such as AVI, etc),
you must use a DVD authoring tool such as NeroVision Express 3. In Nero
Express 6 you can only files which already exist in the format and file structure
required by the Video-DVD standard.
F.Y.I.! It is not possible to read or copy copy-protected DVD’s or CD’s with Nero
Express 6.
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7.2 Selecting your recorder
If your DVD recorder is supported and has been detected, simply seclect it from
the “Which recorder would you like to use?” drop-down box. Some DVD
recorders can also record CDs. These so-called “combo recorders” will be listed
twice in the drop-down menu, followed by the extension “CD-R/RW” and “DVD”.
To use the recorder to burn DVD discs, select the entry with the “DVD” extension.
If you do not have a DVD recorder available, you have the possibility to burn
DVD disc images using the DVD Image Recorder. These images can later be
opened in Nero Express 6 and burnt to DVD when a DVD-recorder is available.
If the Image Recorder (DVD) is not available to you as an option, most likely the
feature has not been activated.
Please click on the “More” button then “Configure”.
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In the Expert Features tab, near the bottom, you will see an option called “Enable
Image Recorder for all supported recorder formats”. Please check this box and
the Image Recorder (DVD) option will appear at your “Start” screen.
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7.3 Creating your first DVD disc
To make data or music discs, or to copy an entire DVD disc, the steps are the the
same as with CD’s. Please refer to the relevant sections in the user’s guide. Only
the “DVD-Video files” project is a little different and will be explained in detail
below.
7.4 Creating a DVD-Video disc from DVD-Video files
Once the DVD recorder or DVD Image Recorder has been selected, the option to
burn DVD files will appear in your “Start” menu.
Step 1: From the project selection page, select DVD-Video files.
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Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to start adding existing DVDVideo files with extensions such as .VOB, .IFO, .BUP. To ensure a proper
functioning of the DVD-Video disc, it is best to add all the files of the VIDEO_TS
folder.
Step 3: When you are ready, click “Next” to proceed to the next window to start
the burn process.
In the “Final Burn Settings” window, you will only have the option to change back
and forth between your DVD recorder (if you have one available to you) and the
DVD Image Recorder and to label your disc under “Disc Name”. All other options
will be grayed out and not available to you.
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Step 4: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first DVD-Video disc! As you are burning, you will receive a status
window of the recording process.
Step 5: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
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Step 6: If you click OK after the successful recording, you will be returned back to
the recording window. Please click “Next” to move forward to the following
window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
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8 Copy Entire Disc
8.1 Copy Entire Disc
Copy Entire Disc
Copy the complete contents of an entire disc to a blank disc bit by bit. If you are
backing up a disc or making a copy for your personal use, this feature allows you
to make an efficient exact copy.
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Copy entire disc
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Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to start the process of copying
from disc to disc.
If you have more than one CD/DVD-ROM or CD/DVD R/RW/ROM drive in your
PC, please use the drop down box to select the drive(s) you would prefer to use.
Source Drive – This is the drive in which it contains the disc you would like
copied.
Destination drive – This drive will contain the blank disc which you will be
burning to.
Quick Copy – Select this option if you would like to copy directly from the source
to the destination drive. No space will be used on your hard disk.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
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If you have selected “Copy entire disc” as your project, you will have this option
when selecting the “More” button.
You will have the burn options for your disc.
Determine maximum speed – When checked, the software will determine the
safest maximum speed for burning your disc.
Simulation – When checked, the software will simulate an actual burn to disc
without actually writing to it.
Write – When checked, the software will immediately burn to disc.
When you are ready to burn and click the “More” button at the “Final Burn
Settings” window, another window will appear:
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Step 3: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your disc! The source disc will first be analyzed to check for copyrights
and errors on the disc. As you are burning, you will receive a status window of
the recording process.
Step 4: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
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Step 5: When you click OK after the successful recording, you will be returned
back to the recording window. Please click “Next” to move forward to the
following window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
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9 Disc Image or Saved Project
9.1 Disc Image or Saved Project
Disc Image or Saved Project
If you are unable to finish your project or would like to save it to record multiple
copies, you can save your work and open at a later time.
You can also save to Disc Image if you are having problems with corrupted
source discs/disks or performance problems with your PC. Disc Image is the
safest way to record your data to disc.
9.2 Creating a disc from a disc image
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Disc image of saved project
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Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to retrieve your disc image or
saved project.
Step 3: Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
For additional Burn Settings information, please refer to Chapter 'Preferences'.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
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Step 4: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first disc image or saved project disc. As you are burning, you will
receive a status window of the recording process.
Step 5: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
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Step 6: If you click OK after the successful recording, you will be returned back to
the recording window. Please click “Next” to move forward to the following
window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
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9.3 Creating a disc from a saved project
Step 1: From the project selection page, select Disc image of saved project
Step 2: From this next window, you are now ready to retrieve your disc image or
saved project.
Select the file that you would like to burn and click “Open”.
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Step 3: The files from the saved disc image or save project will be displayed and
ready for burning.
Step 4: Once you are ready, click “Next” to prepare your disc for burning.
Please make your final settings before burning your disc.
For additional Burn Settings information, please refer to Chapter 'Preferences'.
If you are having trouble burning your disc, please refer to Chapter 'Technical
Support' for F.A.Q. information and technical support.
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Step 5: Ready to record? Click the “Burn” button and you are on your way to
recording your first disc image or saved project disc. As you are burning, you will
receive a status window of the recording process.
Step 6: When it is completed, you will be notified that the burn process has
completed successfully.
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Step 7: If you click OK after the successful recording, you will be returned back to
the recording window. Please click “Next” to move forward to the following
window.
If you would like to burn the same project again, start another project, make
labels, or add more data to your current disc it can be done from this window.
If you have installed Nero Express 6 SE you will not be able to creates labels
and covers, as Nero Cover Designer is not part of the application. If you would
like to use all of Nero Express 6's range of features, then click on the 'Upgrade'
button. This will direct you to a secure online shop, where you can obtain an
upgrade to the full version.
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10 LightScribe
10.1 LightScribe System requirements
To create LightScribe labels, separate hardware and software system
requirements need to be considered.
Systemanforderungen
Operating system
• Windows 2000
• Windows XP
• Windows 2003 Server
• Windows Media Center Edition 2004 or larger
Software
• Nero 6.6.0.8 (or higher)
• LightScribe Host Software must be installed
Hardware
• LightScribe compatible recorder
• LightScribe suitable disc
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10.2 Printing LightScribe labels
LightScribe is a process that enables CDs and DVDs to be labeled in the
recorder. This requires both a suitable burner and a special medium. The label
side of the media has a special color layer and sometimes also a thermal layer;
this is heated by the laser in the recorder in such a way that images and text are
printed on the medium. After burning the compilation, the disc is simply removed
from the recorder, turned over and the LightScribe label is created.
The create functionality for LightScribe labels follows very closely that of Nero
Cover Designer; i.e. if you have created disc labels before using Nero Cover
Designer, then you will not have any problems using LightScribe labels. For their
creation, it basically does not matter whether a label is printed on paper and then
stuck onto the medium or printed directly on the medium. You will find full details
on how to create labels in the Nero Cover Designer manual.
Creation of a LightScribe disc can be either an independent process or part of the
compilation process. Which method you choose will be a matter of preference.
10.3 Creating a compilation, and burning and printing
LightScribe labels
1. In Nero StartSmart, start the application Nero Express or go to 'Start' > (All)
Programs > Nero 6 > Nero Express.
2. Click in the area 'Which recorder would you like to use?' on the dropdown
button and select the recorder to work with and the disc type you want to burn.
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3. Click on the compilation type you want to burn.
Opens the compilation window.
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4. Click on the 'Add' button to select the files to burn.
Opens a window, which looks very similar to Windows-Explorer.
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5. Select the files you want to add and click on the 'Add' button.
6. When you have added all the files, click on the 'Finished' button to close the
window.
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7. Check that the compilation size is not greater than the available space on the
disc. The blue bar must not go past the colored mark. Click on the 'Next'
button if everything is OK.
8. Either select a label that was previously created with Nero Cover Designer or
create a new one.
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9. Click in the 'Label templates' area on the dropdown button and choose a
template. You can choose between templates with a label design or an empty
template (Label template: 'Free style').
10. If you want to change the position of the inner and/or outer radius, then enter
the new values.
Please note that changing one value will also change the other values, since
these correspond with each other.
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11. You can now open an existing label ('Open' button) or create a new label.
Place the mouse pointer in the processing window and click the right (!)
mouse button to open the shortcut menu.
12. If you want to insert something, then select 'Insert' and choose the element
required.
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You can insert various elements, such as an image, line, rectangle, ellipse,
text or fields. In the following picture, a blue circle, a green rectangle, a photo
and some text have been inserted.
13. If you want to have a background image over the entire disc, then select the
command 'Background Properties'.
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14. Choose 'File' if the image already exists as a file, or 'TWAIN' if you want to
import it, and carry out the appropriate steps.
Shows a preview of the selected image.
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15. Click on the 'OK' button to close the window and insert the image as a
background.
16. When you are satisfied with the label, click on the 'Next' button to go to the
burn settings.
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17. Check the burn settings and click on the 'Burn' button to start the burn
process.
When the burning process is complete the disc is ejected, and you will be
requested to turn it over (label side facing down) and insert it again into the
recorder.
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18. Please turn the disc over and click on the 'OK' button.
The tray closes automatically and the print process starts.
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19. When printing is complete, a message shows that the print process completed
successfully.
20. Click on the 'OK' button to close the information window. The window closes,
the tray opens, and you can remove the LightScribe disc.
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After closing the LightScribe information window, the burn window is in the
foreground; it shows a message about the result of the burning process. Click
on the 'OK' button to close the information window.
21. After closing the burn information window, the burn window is in the
foreground; it shows a report of the burning process. Click on the 'Next' button
to leave the burn area.
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22. The burning process is now complete. If you want to continue working with
Nero Express 6, choose the desired option or click on 'Exit' to end the
program.
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10.4 Printing LightScribe labels (without burning a
compilation)
1. Click on 'Print LightScribe label' in the Start window to open the required
window.
2. Either select a label that was previously created with Nero Cover Designer or
create a new one.
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3. Click in the 'Label templates' area on the dropdown button and choose a
template. You can choose between templates with a label design or an empty
template (Label template: 'Free style').
4. If you want to change the position of the inner and/or outer radius, then enter
the new values.
Please note that changing one value will also change the other values, since
these correspond with each other.
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5. You can now open an existing label ('Open' button) or create a new label.
Place the mouse pointer in the processing window and click the right (!)
mouse button to open the shortcut menu.
6. If you want to insert something, then select 'Insert' and choose the element
required.
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You can insert various elements, such as an image, line, rectangle, ellipse,
text or fields. In the following picture, a blue circle, a green rectangle, a photo
and some text have been inserted.
7. If you want to have a background image over the entire disc, then select the
command 'Background Properties'.
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8. Choose 'File' if the image already exists as a file, or 'TWAIN' if you want to
import it, and carry out the appropriate steps.
Shows a preview of the selected image.
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9. Click on the 'OK' button to close the window and insert the image as a
background.
10. When you are satisfied with the label, click on the 'Next' button to go to the
LightScribe print settings.
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11. Insert a LightScribe disc with the label side facing down into the recorder and
specify the print quality in the 'Print contrast' area.
Please note that the time to print the label increases with the print quality.
12. Specify the number of copies to be printed by either entering the number or
clicking the arrow buttons until the desired number appears.
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13. If you have installed a number of LightScribe compatible recorders, then click
on the dropdown button and select the recorder you want.
14. If you want to see how the label will look after printing, then click on the
'Preview' button .
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The preview window opens and the print preview shows how the label will look
when printed. Normally the preview window is identical with the image from
the Create disc label window. For simplified (generic) printing, if printing is not
optimized for the inserted disc, considerable differences may arise between
the desired and the printed labels.
Clicking on the 'OK' button closes the window, whereas clicking on the 'Print'
button starts printing the labels.
15. Click on the 'Print' button to start printing.
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The tray closes automatically and the print process starts.
When printing is complete, a message shows that the print process completed
successfully.
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16. Click on the 'OK' button to close the information window. The window closes,
the tray opens and you can remove the LightScribe disc.
17. After closing the LightScribe print window, the Print Properties window is again
in the foreground. Click on the 'Next' button to leave the print area.
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18. The print process is now complete. If you want to continue working with Nero
Express 6, choose the desired option or click on 'Exit' to end the program.
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10.5 LightScribe FAQs
What is LightScribe?
LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling is a new process for labeling CDs and DVDs. It
enables private and commercial users to easily achieve professional results in
silk-screen printing quality. First of all, the data are burned on the blank disc by
laser as normal. The medium is then turned over and placed in the burner drawer
again. Using the same laser as for burning the data, a precise, iridescent label is
then produced, which can consist of any text and graphic elements. So you no
longer need to use a printer, permanent marker or self-adhesive disc labels.
How are LightScribe discs detected?
LightScribe labels can only be printed on discs having a special surface and
which have been specially made for this purpose. On insertion, LightScribe
checks whether the identification for LightScribe discs is present in the center of
the disc. If the disc is not detected, please go through the following steps:
a. Check whether you have inserted a LightScribe disc.
b. Check if the LightScribe disc is sitting correctly in the recorder – with the label
side facing down.
c. Clean the center of the disc with a lint-free cloth to remove any dirt or smears.
d. Place another LightScribe disc in the recorder if the problem has still not been
cleared.
How good is the print quality?
LightScribe offers three different levels of quality: Draft, normal and best.
With each level of quality there is an improvement in the contrast of image and
text, though the time to print increases.
How fast can a LightScribe label be printed?
The time to print a LightScribe label depends on a number of factors: the amount
of data to be printed, the position of the data on the label, the selected print
quality and the disc used.
When printing labels, the LightScribe recorder burns the image and text in
concentric rings from the inner diameter to the outer diameter. Rings with no data
are skipped. The thickness of the rings determines the contrast and hence the
print quality.
What labels can I print?
Basically, there are three different label print modes:
Title: Only the name of the disc or compilation appears on the disc. This labeling
method allows the disc to be identified.
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Contents: Information about the contents of the disc is printed on the disc. This is
the recommended labeling method if there are a number of discs or compilations
with the same name.
Complete: Images and text appears on the disc; these creative elements (almost)
completely fill the disc and make it unique. The format template for this labeling
method is called 'Free style'. This is the recommended labeling method for
important discs or discs with a special content.
Why should I update my LightScribe Host Software?
For various reasons, a window sometimes appears recommending an update for
the LightScribe Host Software. The commonest reasons are:
a. The installed LightScribe Host Software is faulty and needs to be reinstalled.
b. The installed LightScribe Host Software is not the correct version.
c. An attempt was made to access a disc that is not certified or is not LightScribe
compatible.
Establish an Internet connection and click 'Update'. In the window which opens,
select the option 'Save' and specify where you want the LightScribe Host
Software to be saved.
Attention: To install the update you must have Administrator rights.
To install the update, double-click the file that you have downloaded and follow
the instructions of the Installation Wizard.
Why is only simplified (generic) printing of the label possible?
If a LightScribe disc is inserted and the LightScribe Host Software offers
simplified (generic) printing, then the printing is not optimized for that disc. For
optimal printing results, an update of the LightScribe Host Software is
recommended and the corresponding window opens.
Establish an Internet connection and click' Update'. In the window which opens,
select the option 'Save' and specify where you want the LightScribe Host
Software to be saved.
Attention: To install the update you must have Administrator rights.
To install the update, double-click the file that you have downloaded and follow
the instructions of the Installation Wizard.
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11 Preferences
11.1 Preferences
In Nero Express 6 you have the possibility to change many settings in order to
configure your software for optimal use. When you click on “More” then the
“Configure” button, the “Preferences” window will appear. The settings are
grouped in various tabs to make it easier for you to make the required changes.
11.2 General Tab
Check for correct disc format before burning – When checked, the software will
check to make sure that the disc you are using is in the correct format and
suitable for burning.
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Check for Joliet filenames before burning – Joliet filename standard supports up
to 64 characters in a filename not including the extension (the characters after
the “.” in a filename). When checked, the software will check for this standard
before burning.
Show compilation size in the Nero status bar – When creating your compilation,
you will have a status bar at the bottom of your window to show you just how
much space you will be using on the blank disc.
Status Bar – This feature is very useful especially if you are creating a full disc of
an audio compilation. It works like a meter as you add your tracks or data.
Depending on the disc size you are using as the source, it could be 74 or 80
minutes. When your compilation reaches over 74 minutes, you can set the yellow
marker to show exactly when your compilation reaches over this target. When
you reach over 80 minutes, you can set the red marker to alert you that your
compilation is over the disc limit.
Yellow marker (min, sec, frm) – This can be set for a 74 minute disc by minute,
seconds, and frame.
Red marker (min, sec, frm) - This can be set for a 74 minute disc by minute,
seconds, and frame.
Horizontal scaling - You can select the drop down box to specify the type of
media that you are using. It will then scale the meter to the size of the media. If
you select “automatic”, the software will select for you.
Plugin Directory – If you have any plugins (software file that would enhance or fix
your program) for your Nero software, it would be located in this directory.
Plugin lookup – When you click this button, it will look up all the plugins
associated with your software.
Unsupported plugins – When you click this button, it will locate all the plugins that
are not supported by your software. Please go to www.nero.com for additional
upgrade options if necessary.
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11.3 Cache Tab
Path for cache – You can select the directory and path for the cache. This is
important since you will be using this space as a temporary cache when burning
large files or full discs. It can help prevent buffer underruns.
Test all drive speeds – You can test all hard drive speeds on your system for
performance.
Minimum disc space reserved – Reserve the minimum disc space for your cache.
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11.4 Language Tab
Selecting your language - Select the language of choice in the box above. If your
system only supports one language, it will be selected as default.
For CD-Extra discs, you can add pictures and additional information that are
language specific.
Choose Font – Select the font that you would like to appear on your layout
screen.
If you should have any suggestions on how to improve the translations in this
software, please contact us at translations@nero.com. We would be happy to
take all suggestions and comments.
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11.5 Sounds Tab
If you would like to change the sounds in your Nero software when a certain
function has been performed such as Burn Process Successful/Unsuccessful or
Waiting For A Disc, you can select one of the many sounds in the Nero directory
or choose your own. Select the “Browse” button for the appropriate category you
would like to change and find the sound you prefer.
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11.6 Expert Features Tab
Don’t eject the disc after the burn is complete – When checked, the disc that was
written will not be ejected after the burn is complete.
Enable overburn ‘disc at once’ burning – All blank discs have a little bit more
space that is usually not used. When written to this space, it is called
“overburning”. This feature is popular among those who are trying to get as much
as possible on the disc. Disc At Once will be enabled since the entire disc needs
to be written in one session.
Since maximum overburn CD capacity cannot be determined automatically, the
user must estimate the amount as best as possible. You can try adding a few
minutes to the capacity that is mentioned on your blank disc.
F.Y.I. Warning! Since normal CD-R’s are not designed for this amount of data
nor made for this purpose, there may be errors at the end of the disc. You could
also possibly damage your recorder. Please use this option at your own risk!
Clear archive bits of written files during ISO refresh – When checked, this option
will clear the archive bits that were written during the ISO refresh.
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Enable Image Recorder for all supported recorder formats – When checked, this
will enable the Image recorder to be seen for all supported formats in the main
window.
11.7 Database Tab
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Program database path – The program has set a database path in which your
CD titles and songs will be located.
User database path – This is a user defined database path in which the user’s
CD titles and songs will be located.
Read Server (http) – If you would like to use the free internet CD database, this
option can be checked. When you insert your music CD into the drive, you can
search the internet through FreeDB for the song names and CD titles. This will
save you countless hours entering in your own name.
Address – The web address in which FreeDB is located. This has been set for
you by default.
Port – The port address in which FreeDB is located. This has been set for you by
default.
Proxy – If you are behind a firewall and unable to access the FreeDB database,
you can key in the proxy information manually.
Submit E-Mail address – If you would like to submit your CD Titles or song
names to FreeDB that are not in their database, this address has been provided
to send the information.
Your E-Mail address - If you would like to submit your E-Mail address to the
FreeDB database, you can enter this information here.
SMPT Server – Your server address, in which the CD title and song names are
located.
Application Name – The application you are using to submit information to
FreeDB and the version number.
Open the database during ‘Save track’ – The database will open when the ‘Save
track’ option is open.
Open the database during ‘CD copy’ - The database will open when the ‘CD
Copy’ option is open.
Open the database during ‘*.cda drag&drop’ – When you drag and drop audio
files into the Nero window, the database window will open.
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11.8 Ultrabuffer Tab
Automatic configuration – The amount of memory that Nero Express 6 will use
as RAM buffer will be set automatically for you. This secondary buffer in addition
to your recorder’s physical buffer will make burn process more reliable
Manual configuration - This allows you to set the amount of memory that Nero
Express 6 will use as RAM buffer. This secondary buffer in addition to your
recorder’s physical buffer will make burn process more reliable
Data buffer size – When you select the “Manual configuration” option, this option
will become available for you to set the amount of memory.
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11.9 Misc Tab
Show buffer underrun protection counter at the end of the burn process –
When checked, a counter will appear at the end of the burn process to show
progress. This way you can actually see how many times the recorder paused
and prevented a buffer underrun! It will also explain why it took longer to actually
burn the CD than it should.
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12 Technical Support
12.1 F.A.Q.’s
Q: I burn a disc, I get buffer underruns every time.
A: There could be several reasons for this. Please try the following:
Try reducing the burn speed of the recorder
Try different media brands. The one that you are using could not be
compatible with your recorder.
Update the firmware version on your recorder. Firmware is a chip inside
your recorder which acts as the brain of the device. Please check the
manufacturer’s website for the latest version.
Recorder or cable that is attached to it is defective.
Try using a different source to see if it is corrupted or too slow as a source.
Defragment your hard disk from time to time
During burning no other tasks should be performed by the computer
Before burning, you should always run the speed test and the simulation in
order to get the optimal speed. If not, the maximum possible write speed of
the recorder is kept as default.
Proceed to the Nero homepage to check for software updates at
www.nero.com.
Q: I am unable to make SVCD discs. I drop my video files into the window
but nothing happens.
A: In order to have your video files automatically convert to MPEG-2 SVCD
compatible files, you will need to purchase the plugin from Nero AG. Please go to
www.nero.com and contact the sales department to order this feature.
Q: I have many MP3 songs that I would like to play in my home stereo
player. How do I convert the files so that I can play them?
A: When you drag and drop the MP3 songs into the Nero Express 6 Window,
they will automatically convert them for you to get them “audio player” ready.
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Q: Although I created a multi-session-disc I can only see the last session.
Why?
A: If your CD-recorder supports multi-session, you can only read the last session
of your CD on Windows 95 and NT 4.0, and the first session on Windows 3.1x.
Nero gives you another solution: in Windows 95 and NT 4.0 you can use the
Nero MultiMounter to switch to any other session of your multi-session-CD.
Q: I have installed Nero Express 6 correctly but it still does not see my
recorder?
A: It could be several reasons:
The recorder is either too old and support for this drive has been
discontinued
The recorder is very new to the market and support has not yet been
implemented or is the process.
Please check to make sure that your PC recognized the recorder and that
it has been installed properly. You can go to Start > Control Panel the
appropriate menu to see if your hardware was installed correctly or not.
Please check the Nero website at www.nero.com for the latest drivers and
a list of supported recorders.
Q: I have recorded my audio CD with no problems but I am getting clicking
and hissing noises.
A: In the audio window click on your audio file and the Properties button will be
activated. Click on Properties > Filters Tab. There you can control the distortion
on your audio CD.
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12.2 Contact
Nero Express 6 is an Nero AG product.
Nero AG
Im Stoeckmaedle 18
76307 Karlsbad
Germany
Web:
http://www.nero.com
Help:
http://englishsupport.nero.com
http://frenchsupport.nero.com/
http://germansupport.nero.com/
Mail:
techsupport@nero.com
Fax:
+49 7248 928 499
Copyright © 1995 - 2005 Nero AG. All rights reserved.
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13 Glossary
A/D
Analogue/Digital. The conversion of analog signals to digital characters.
AIFF
An acronym for Apple Interchange File Format. This is the music file format for
tracks that are extracted from a disc and saved to the hard drive on a Macintosh
system.
ASPI
Acronym for Advanced SCSI Programming Interface. This is the interpreter
between the software, SCSI card, and your operating system. This allows the
device to communicate with the SCSI card.
ATAPI
Part of the EIDE (Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics) interface that provides
additional commands to control a CD-ROM drive, CD-ROM recorder, hard drive,
etc…..
Audio CD
An audio CD is generally comprised of several tracks (titles). Discs in this format
only contain pure audio data. They can be played on commercially available
audio CD players and with the appropriate plug-in, also on a computer.
Note: Please note that when creating audio discs, there are some audio players
on the market which are not able to play re-writable discs. For this reason, you
should use CD-R discs.
Block
A block is the smallest addressable information unit on a CD-ROM. A block
corresponds to a sector.
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Blue Book
This is the standard for CD's that are created in the CD-Extra and CD Enhanced
format.
Bootable CD
Booting means that the operating system is loaded on your computer. Under
normal circumstances, your PC boots from the hard drive. If you need to boot
from something else besides your hard disk for any reason, you can boot from a
floppy disk or CD. Special “bootable CD’s” must be produced to be able to boot
from your CD-ROM/CD-R/RW drive.
Bridge Disc
A CD-ROM which can be read by a normal CD drive as well as by CD-I devices.
It is specified in the White Book. An example of a Bridge Disc is the Photo-CD.
Buffer
Memory built into your CD-Rom or recorder that temporarily stores information.
Buffer Underrun
Buffer underruns are caused when there is an interruption to the flow of data to
the internal buffer of the recorder. This is can be the fault of the software or the
hardware itself. When recording, data is fed continuously to the recorder’s buffer
in order to keep a steady flow of data which is required when recording. When
something interrupts that steady flow, it can cause a buffer underrun and your
disc is no longer useable.
Cache
A fast intermediate or buffer memory which is applied at many different areas in a
computer system. With Nero, cache memory is used to store files in buffer from
drives which cannot be accessed quickly enough in order to ensure that the
writing process continues without interruption.
Caddy
A special plastic housing used to protect the CD. The CD is inserted into the
drive in the caddy.
CD-DA (with the extension .CDA)
The acronym for Compact Disc - Digital Audio, this is the first standard for an
audio CD. An audio CD is comprised of several audio tracks whereby generally,
one track corresponds to one song. Each track is additionally sub-divided into
sectors. Music CD’s generally make up this category.
CD-Extra/Enhanced Music CD
CD Extra is the latest standard for audio CD’s and with a multi-media component.
A disc in this format always has two sessions. The first session only contains
pure audio data which can be played on an audio CD player while the second
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session contains computer data in any format. This format puts audio AND data
on the same CD. The audio is recorded first with the data recorded in a second
session.
CD-I
This means Compact Disc Interactive. This format is considered a multi-media
CD that blends video, data, and audio. This type of CD can only be played in a
CD-I player or a CD Rom drive that is "CD-I ready".
CD-R
An acronym for Compact Disc - Recordable. A technology for CD-R (recordable)
media.
CD-ROM
An acronym for Compact Disc - Read Only Memory. This is described in the
Yellow Book. Differing types of data which can be read by a computer such as
programs, text, image data or sound may be stored with this CD format.
CD-ROM - Mode 1 and 2
A supplement to the CD-ROM format which provides an additional error
recognition and correction function. Mode 1 is especially used for computer data
and employs a code for error correction. Mode 2 is used with CD-ROM/ XA and
CD-I with audio data and contains an error recognition code only.
CD-WO
CD - Write Once. A CD which, as the name implies, may only be written on one
time. Refer also to CD-R.
CD-XA
This format means Compact Disc Extended Architecture. It was based on the
Yellow Book standard but adds audio and video to the CD in addition to the data.
CD-ROM/ Extended Architecture. This CD format makes it possible to store
computer data and audio or video data on one track. The different types of data
are linked to each other (Interleaving) so that synchronization problems can be
reduced.
Chapter Marks
These are marks set in the video which identify a scene change or place.
CIRC
Cross-Interleaved Reed-Solomon Code. An error-recognition and correction
process which is integrated permanently in the hardware of a CD player or the
CD-recorder.
CLV
Constant Linear Velocity. CLV describes a method by which the data of a CD
may be read with a constant scanning rate.
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Digitalization
Conversion of analog signals to digital signals.
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
In this mode, all of the tracks are written in a single process onto the disc without
the laser being switched off. This format is best for audio CD’s that will be played
in home and car stereo equipment.
Disc Image
This process can be used when having system performance problems or do not
have a recorder available. When choosing the disc image option, it takes the file
you want to copy and places it temporarily on your hard drive. From that image it
builds the file.
When creating a disc image, you will need a certain amount of drive space to
perform this function.
Drivers
A software file that will allow your hardware to be seen by the operating system
or software program and/or enhance its performance.
DVD
An acronym for Digital Versatile or Video Disc.
DVD-R
DVD was originally only known for being specific to the movie and the games
market; you can now burn data and your own home videos to a DVD disc that
can be played by all DVD-ROMs. You have the advantage of storing much more
data on this disc than on a regular CD-R/RW. The DVD-R is a non rewritable
format that is compatible with most DVD-ROM drives and DVD players.
DVD-RAM
Is another form of rewritable media however, it is not compatible with most DVDROM drives and DVD players.
It was originally designed to be used like a floppy disc so that users could copy
and delete files from it just like a floppy.
DVD-RW
An acronym for DVD ReWriteable. The DVD-RW disc is rewritable and performs
the same function as that of a DVD-R. However, the compatibility with DVDROMs and DVD players are less. Please check with the manufacturer for
compatibility issues.
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DVD+R/RW
A rewritable and non-rewritable format developed in cooperation by HewlettPackard, Mitsubishi Chemical, Philips, Ricoh, Sony and Yamaha. It is a rewritable
format that provides full, non-cartridge, compatibility with existing DVD-Video
players and DVD-ROM drives for both real-time video recording and random data
recording for many PC and entertainment software applications.
EDC/ ECC
Error Detection Code/ Error Correction Code. This process serves for the
recognition and correction of scan errors which might be caused on the CD
surface by scratches or dirt.
Enhanced MusicCD/CD-Extra
CD Extra is the latest standard for audio CD’s and with a multi-media component.
A disc in this format always has two sessions. The first session only contains
pure audio data which can be played on an audio CD player while the second
session contains computer data in any format. This format puts audio AND data
on the same CD. The audio is recorded first with the data recorded in a second
session.
Fast Copy
With the fast copy method, Nero reads the data directly from your CD-ROM/DVD
drive and writes it directly onto the target disc in your CD recorder. This method is
faster than copying an image file and it does not require an approx. 100MB of
space on your hard disk. The disadvantage of this method is that a “buffer
underrun” can occur. A buffer underrun always occurs if the CD recorder writes
faster than the data can be sent. The reasons for this can be a source which is
too slow (either hard disk or CD-ROM/DVD drive) or the hard disk is too
fragmented and the data flow is slowed down due to the excessive number of
accessed operations. This means that the data on your hard drive is scattered
into many parts of the drive and the CD-ROM/DVD drive needs time to look for all
the pieces and put them together.
Finalization
Finalization is the permanent closing of the writing procedure on a CD. After that,
it cannot be written to, regardless of whether it was produced as a single-session
or a multi-session CD.
Frame
A sector is made up of 98 frames. A frame contains 24 data bytes and 9 control
bytes. With an Audio-CD, 75 sectors provide one second of played music.
Green Book
This is the standard for CD's that are created in the CD-I format.
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HFS CD
HFS is a file system used by Apple© Macintosh systems. This format is only
suitable for Macintosh discs.
High Sierra
The forerunner of today's ISO Standard 9660. It was published in 1986. During
the course of time it has lost its significance.
Host Adapter
An adapter which connects a CD-recorder with the SCSI bus of the computer.
Hybrid-CD
A hybrid CD contains data in the HFS (Mac) section and in the ISO 9660 (PC)
section. If the disc is inserted in a Macintosh, only the data relevant for the
Macintosh is displayed and on a PC, only the ISO data can be seen.
Image
The term "image" describes all edited data which will later be located on a CD.
The creation of an image file is known as premastering.
Image Copy
One of two different copying methods can be selected: Image Copy or Copy OnThe-Fly.
Nero reads-in the files to be written on the disc and saves these as an image file
on the hard disk. The image file means that copying errors can be eliminated.
These errors could occur if you use a slow hard disk or a slow CD-ROM/DVD
drive as the CD recorder would not be supplied with a continuous data flow.
However, please note that up to 800MB will be required on the hard disk and the
copying times are somewhat longer.
Interlaced Video
This format displays video in two parts: Each part displays and contains a line in
every other row and the second part fills in the alternating rows until the screen is
complete. This method is faster than the Progressive Scan in which all rows are
displayed one at a time until the screen is complete.
Interleaving
This is the designation for the storage of computer data on the CD-ROM/ XA in
linked form. Another term here is nesting. This makes possible the
synchronization of audio and computer data during playback.
ISO 9660
A universal standard for CD’s as defined by the High Sierra standard that defines
a disc’s capabilities. Data can be written onto a disc with this format. This format
can easily be used in many computer environments. If a disc must be able to be
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read on various computer systems, then the file name length must be strictly
limited – for instance, names which are used in DOS environments use a
maximum of 8 characters – a period – then a 3 character extension such as
12345678.ext as an example.
Jitter Control
Many CD-ROM devices are not able to read a single sector of an audio disc. The
results are little gaps due to the difference in the data stream. Jitter correction
synchronizes the data stream by overlapping the sectors and therefore no gaps
are created.
Joliet
Microsoft created standard for filenames that was made for Windows 95 and NT.
It supports up to 64 characters in the filename, unicode character set, and DOS
8.3 (eight characters in the main filename with a 3 character extension) names.
Label
Most CDs are provided with an imprint. This is known as the label. It is possible
to place it on the CD with different technologies, for example, with screen
printing.
Lead-In Area
The initial area of every session is known as the Lead-In Area at the beginning of
the disc. This is where the “table of contents” for your disc and additional
information concerning the CD is stored.
Lead-Out Area
This defines the closing stages of a session and is place at the end of the disc. If
the CD has not yet been finalized, the reference to the next session is stored
here.
Mixed Mode
This format combines both data and audio onto the CD. With this format, the data
is recorded first and the audio tracks second. However, both are recorded in one
session.
Mode 1/ Mode :
Nero normally writes ISO data in the CD sector format Mode 1. However Nero
also supports the so-called XA-Format for ISO data. The XA format is an
extension of ISO structures and can only be burned onto the CD in Mode 2
(another CD sector format).
Multisession
When data is written to the CD more than once. After you have written your first
session to the CD, you can then add/write additional information with a different
data set.
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MP3 Files (with the extension of .MP3)
The MP3 audio format has established itself as the most frequently used format
to transfer audio data via the internet. MP3 stands for MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3.
Using MP3, audio files can be reduced (or compressed) to a fraction of their
orginal size (factor 1:10), without diminishing the quality.
MPEG
An Acronym for Motion Picture Experts Group, it is a standard that was created
for highly compressed video such as SVCD and Video CD.
MPEG-1
Which is a part of the MPEG compression family has the highest compression
rate.
MPEG-2
There are very little differences between MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 with the
exception that MPEG-2 works better with televisions that are interlaced and is the
broadcast standard.
MPEG-3
This standard was created to define High Definition T.V.
MPEG-4
This standard is the next generation of MPEG-2 and is currently still in
development.
Master
After the creation of an image file, the actual process of CD production occurs. If
the CD is to be used for reproduction purposes, it is known as a master.
Mixed Mode-CD
Music and computer data are stored on one CD with this type of CD. The
computer data is generally located on track 1 and audio data is located in the
ensuing tracks.
Multi-Session-CD
A CD which is written in several sequential sessions is known as a multi-session
CD.
NTSC
NTSC is the standard for video and television in the United States and Japan.
Other parts of the world have another standard. NTSC has more frames per
second than PAL however. NTSC has less horizontal lines than PAL.
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OEM
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. A product that states it is OEM
means that it was made by one company, for another company, to sell as its
own.
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On-The-Fly
A process for burning data onto a CD-R. There are two different methods of
doing this. With the classical and older method, all of the data which is to be
recorded onto the CD is first stored in a buffer in a large file known as an image
file. From there, it is copied or burned onto the CD-R. In contrast to this, the
method known as On-The-Fly transfers the data directly from their original
memory locations on a hard drive onto the CD-R. With Nero, a so-called
compilation is used for this purpose. This is a small file which only crossreferences the data to be transferred.
Orange Book
The standard in which the CD-MO (Magneto-Optical) and CD-WO (Write Once)
technologies are defined. It provides the basis for CD-R.
PAL
PAL is the standard video and television in Europe. PAL has more horizontal
lines than NTSC however, PAL has less frames per second than NTSC.
Photo-CD
A CD which is used for storing images, photos, slides and other visual data. The
Photo-CD is generally capable of multi-sessions. The standard originates from
Kodak and Philips.
Plugin
A plugin is a software file that allows one to have or use extra features with their
software or to help fix an issue.
Premastering
The preparation of data which is to be written onto a CD at some later time. An
image, which represents an exact replica of the data and the directory structure,
is usually created first.
Red Book
This standard describes the CD-DA.
Romeo
An old outdated data structure standard which was created by Adaptec to
support filenames up to 128 characters long including spaces. Files used with the
Romeo standard can only be read under Windows ’95 and NT operating
systems. Unicode characters are not supported, however, they can be read on
the Macintosh systems provided that the characters do not exceed 31 characters.
Scan Rate
This is the indication of the frequency with which analog signals are converted
into digital characters.
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SCSI
Small Computer System Interface. SCSI is a modern bus system to which
different terminal devices such as an SCSI hard drive, streamers or a CDrecorder may be connected. At this time, SCSI is the only possibility of operating
a CD-recorder on a typically-used computer system.
Sector
A sector is the smallest addressable information unit of a CD. It is composed of
2352 bytes of which - depending on the type of CD used - differing amounts are
available as user data. A sector generally consists of a header, synchronization
bits and user data. It may also have error recognition and correction data. To
read a sector, a drive with simple reading speed requires 1/75th of a second.
Session
When data is written onto a disc, this is called a session. A session is marked at
the start and at the end. You can write onto a disc and complete it in a single
session. If more than one session is recorded on a disc, then this is known as a
multi-session disc.
Session-At-Once
The session-at-once method is mainly used for CD-Extra. With the session-atonce recording type, a first session with several audio tracks is recorded in one
operation. The latter is then switched off but the CD is not closed (meaning you
are still able to write additional data to it). A second (data) session is then written
and then the disc is closed.
Simulated Recording
Simulation of the burn process in order to test whether there is a constant writing
flow. The procedure is the same as the writing of the disc, with the only difference
being that the laser writer is switched off.
Single Session
When the data/audio is written or recorded to the blank disc one time only.
Super Video CD (SVCD)
Super Video CD or (SVCD) is very similar to a video CD however this format
uses a compression standard called MPEG to store the audio and data. When
creating Super Video CD’s, the source data must be MPEG-2 coded and the
parameters must be suitable for Super Video CD’s. An encoder must be used to
create Super Video CD’s, which must have the required options. As the encoder
supplier whether it supports coding for Super Video CD’s or visit the Nero AG
website at www.nero.com for additional information on purchasing the encoder.
SVCD discs can be played on DVD players, PC’s with DVD-ROM’s or a CD-ROM
drive with software which allows this type of video format to be seen.
Table of Contents (T.O.C.)
This designates the contents of every session and is stored in the Lead-In.
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Thermal Recalibration
As your hard drive platters rotate, they expand due to the heat that is generated.
The hard drive will stop for a split second to readjust the heads (which does the
reading of data) to the newly expanded platter(s).
Track
A disc is sub-divided into individual tracks - for example, separate songs or
pieces of music on an audio disc are each a track.
Track-At-Once (TAO)
With this method, each track is individually written onto the disc. The write
operation is briefly interrupted after each track. This means that a CD-R or CDRW can be written onto just like any standard disk.
UDF/ISO CD
The UDF file system has been especially optimized to handle large data
quantities and to also be able easily modify an existing file system just like you
would on a floppy however with a CD. This file format uses separate software
and also formats your disc differently.
Video CD
An acronym for “Video Compact Disc”, it holds movies and audio/video in stereo
with a compression standard called MPEG. One can also say that it is also
based on an ISO file system and contain digital video films. A video disc can be
played on most CD-ROM’s, DVD players, and DVD-ROM drives with the help of
software.
Volume Descriptor
The Volume Descriptor is the area at the beginning of a CD in which the structure
of the file system is contained. It may also contain additional and optional
information about the CD, such as the name of the CD, the publisher, a copyright
notice, etc.
WAV/Wave File (with the extension .wav on your computer)
Audio files are saved on the hard disk in the wave format. The wave format is
part of the general RIFF Standard (Resource Interchange File Format). This
format supports various scanning rates and depths. This is the PC format for
saving audio files on the hard drive (Mac's use AIFF files). Audio files that are on
a commercial CD (store bought CD), are in digital form. When saving your
sound/audio that originates from a CD-ROM onto your hard drive, it must be
saved in analog form. Audio files cannot be saved in digital form on the hard
drive.
White Book
The format created by Sony, Philips, and JVC in 1993 that extended the Red
Book CD format to include digital video in MPEG-1 format which is referred to as
Video CD.
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WO
Write Once. A medium which may be written to once. This includes the CDRecordable.
WMA File
Windows media audio
Yellow Book
This standard defines the CD-ROM.
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LightScribe system requirements 107
M
14 Index
MP3 disc 51
N
Nero Digital Audio disc 61
Nero Toolkit 22
Normalize Audio files 67
P
A
Audio and data disc 46
Audio disc 40
B
Bootable disc 35
C
CD-DVD Speed 23
Configuration 16
Cover Designer 21
Creating a compilation, and burning and
printing LightScribe labels 108
D
Data disc 27
Disc copy 94
Disc deletion 20
Disc image 99
Disc info 21
DriveSpeed 24
DVD disc 87
H
Hide files 39
I
Installation 8
Installing 9
Printing LightScribe labels 108
Printing LightScribe labels (without burning a
compilation) 123
S
Save audio tracks 17
Saved project 103
Serial number 11
Super Video disc 79
Super Video Properties 85
System Requirements 8
Hardware 8
Operating System 8
T
Tab
Cache 139
CD EXTRA 68
Database 144
Expert Features 142
Filters 71
General 137
Indexes, Limits, Split 69
Language 140
Misc 146
Sounds 141
Track Properties 67
Ultrabuffer 145
Technical support 147
U
Uninstalling 9
L
V
LightScribe 107
LightScribe FAQs 135
Version
OEM 7
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Retail 7
Video Disc 73
Video Properties 85
W
Wave Editor 26
WMA disc 57
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