Making Enhanced CDs
Making Enhanced CDs


1  Making Enhanced CDs
2 What's an E-CD?
3 The Content
4 Encoding the CD
5 Autorun
6 Burn It, Test It, Press It

Page 6 — Burn It, Test It, Press It


After all your files are in order, you will burn the audio first, then the video. Burn the audio in a regular audio format but make sure you do NOT close the disk. You need to leave it "open" so you can burn a second session. After you're done burning the audio session, burn your second session as either an ISO9660 (will play in either Mac or PC) or Mac/PC Hybrid (if you're doing an auto-run on the Macintosh you need to make it Mac/PC Hybrid).


Listen closely here: Do NOT assume that your CD works just because it plays the first, second, or even third time you test it. Unless you have access to a large-array cross-platform testing suite, you need to get creative to find out how well your CD actually works out there in the real world on the wide variety of machines all your fans are using. You need access to a bunch of different types of computers to see if the CD will play in all or most of them. For this part of the process, I like to employ some sneaky guerilla tactics.

Go to a local used computer store, or somewhere like Best Buy and Circuit City, and try the CD in as many computers as you can. More than likely, one or two computers won't play the CD. But don't despair — if you see an 80 to 90 percent success rate, consider that a victory. (And if the store employees ask what you are doing, just tell them you are testing out their CD-ROM drives.)


When it comes time to press your CD, look around the Web and you will find plenty of CD-pressing plants. Americ Disc, Failsafe Media Company, and Disc Makers are some solid options, but the one we like the best is CDman because you can go through the entire ordering process online, and they email you a couple of times a day to let you know the status of your order.

Whichever you choose, try to find a pressing plant that is double-session or Enhanced-CD friendly. Also, make sure you include a letter with your CD-R informing the pressing plant that it is a double-session CD, with audio as session one, and data as session two.

Once you've made an E-CD, you might want to dive into some deeper, cooler waters ... namely, DVD.

A lot of the same concepts are involved in making a DVD, but you get to play with much, much more space. Which means much, much more fun.

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