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Red Book CD Burning in VegasAnd you thought this was a video app
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|
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.|
The tracks automatically start at the cursor position, with a standard two
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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