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Red Book CD Burning in Vegas

And you thought this was a video app By Frank Moldstad

Sony's Vegas 5  has got to be one of the best bargains in video editing software. Twice in recent weeks it's proved its worth to me because of several features that would otherwise require two or three applications, such as Dolby AC-3 encoding(Vegas+DVD version) and surround sound mixing.

Red Book layout in Vegas
Recently I discovered that Vegas also can burn Red Book audio CDs with ISRC (digital ID), UPC (barcode), and PQ coding (song location and timing). I thought this was a video editing app! But Vegas 5 is kind of a Swiss Army knife. In addition to its comprehensive video editing tools, it includes a first rate audio editing and mixing environment.

The Red Book specs were developed by Sony and Philips in 1980. Mastering and duplication houses generally require Red Book compatible CDs to reduce the possibility of errors in playback or functionality. The process converts wave files to the 16-bit/44.1 MHz PCM .cda format that all CD players are designed to recognize.


Unfortunately, you can't just burn wave files to a data CD and expect consistent playback on a variety of CD drives. Some CD players, for instance, are unable to read multi-session discs, or audio tracks saved as digital data. And consumer tape deck-style CD recorders that require song ID points to be set manually will cause problems with some players. Red Book burning ensures compatibility across the board.

Many audio applications include a Red Book CD component -- Apple's Logic Pro 7 includes Apple/Emagic's Waveburner Pro, and Adobe Audition gained Red Book CD burning capability with version 1.5. Sony recently reintroduced the Red Book authoring CD Architect, and is bundling it with Sound Forge 8. And Steinberg's Wavelab audio editing package can author Red Book CDs. But it's a unique feature for a video editing application.

Recording Red Book CDs in Vegas is straightforward, with layout options and other extras along the way.

Markers and two second gaps are added automatically.
To create a CD layout, you open a new project, and import the song files into the Media Pool. Tracks can added to the project by right clicking them in the Media Pool and choosing Add as CD Track. They can be put in order in the Comment field by clicking the column header and typing in a number.

The tracks automatically start at the cursor position, with a standard two

second gap between songs. For a continuous recording, the gaps can be omitted. Track names are assigned based on the media file name. Tracks and index markers can be edited by dragging them to the desired position. To arrange the project, right click the ruler and choose Audio CD from the menu. The ruler shows hh:mm:ss:ff (hours:minutes:seconds:frames), and the Time Display shows tt+mm:ss:ff (track number +/- minutes:seconds:frames). For an Audio CD, the frame rate is 75 fps.

In the Edit Details window are provisions for naming tracks, setting copy protection, adding CD Emphasis, and entering an ISRC number. On the Audio tab, you can set the UPC/Media Catalog number.

When the project is ready to burn, select Disc-at-Once Audio CD from the Burn CD menu. This is a requirement for discs that will be mass replicated, meaning multiple tracks are written to the CD in one session. A variety of standard options for burning speed and buffer underrun protection are available. And then you burn, baby!


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