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Options for burn and erase cd/dvd discs.



Write method:

  • Track-at-Once (TAO) - Tracks are recorded individually. Unless the disc is full, additional data can be added to the disc after it has been recorded.

  • Disc-at-Once (DAO) - The entire disc is recorded withinin a single session. No additional data can be added to the disc after it has been recorded.

  • Session-at-Once (SAO) - It is similar to Disc-at-Once (DAO). Some drives don’t support DAO mode, in thi case SAO is the alternative variant.


Import last session before burn - If you want to add previous sessions to your disc automatically, activate this option.


Finalize dics - Activate this to make further writing on disc impossible. You should not do this, if you want to continue the disc record later.


ISO Level 2 names - Use this option to choose the ISO 9660 level for a disc.

  • ISO Level 1 allows only 8+3 uppercase characters for a file name. The only special character allowed is underscore ( _ ). Directory names may not include extensions.

  • ISO Level 2 allows the maximum of 31 characters.


Do not add the ';1' file version extension -  If selected this option will force the pre-mastering engine to remove the ;1 separator from the filenames of the ISO-9660 file-system. This option might be required when making bootable discs.


Joliet filesystem - If the Microsoft defined Joliet format is selected, the second complete directory structure is created using the Unicode character set. In Joliet format, file and directory names can be the maximum of 108 characters long. There are no restrictions in directory depth and the typeface is extended. Check this if you want to use long file names on cd/dvd disc.


CDROM XA marker - Choose the ISO mode between Mode 1 and Mode2/XA. The following hints may help you to choose the right mode:

  • Modern CD/DVD-ROM drives will read Mode 1 and Mode2/XA tracks, but there are some older CD-ROM drives which only read Mode2/XA multisession CDs. If you have got such drive, then you should use Mode2/XA for multisession CDs. There are even older CD-ROM drives which can't read Mode2/XA track at all; if you have got a very old CD-ROM drive, then you should write some test CDs to find out what is the best alternative for your CD-ROM drive.

  • If you want to continue a multisession CD written in Mode2/XA format then you have to write all the following sessions using Mode2/XA format. If you mixed Mode 1 and Mode 2 tracks, the CD would be unreadable on most CD-ROM drives, because such CD format isn't specified by the "Rainbow Books".

  • The Video-CD standard requires that Mode 2/XA is used.


Buffer underrun protection - Activating this setting protects you against buffer underrun errors.


Optimum Power calibration - Optimum Power Calibration, or OPC, is a drive's ability to adjust its writing laser's power to fit the needs of each individual disc. All media have an estimated value encoded in the lead-in area on the disc in a section called the ATIP (Absolute Time In Pregroove). Reading this value allows drives to roughly tune laser power. From there, the drive can test higher and lower settings in the Power Calibration Area (PCA) to further tune laser strength. The end result is a more accurate burn.


Verify data after burn is complete - A checkmark in this box causes Complex Evolution to verify that no errors occurred during your disc recording.


Test write - If this has been activated, there will only be a test write, nothing will be burned on CD.


Erase method - You have the choice between "Quick Erase" and "Full Erase". According to its name Quick erase is very fast (about 1 minute) in contrast to full erase that can take more than half an hour. The difference is that you only delete the table of contents (TOC) if you choose quick erase. The data remain on the disc, but the PC can't do anything with it. This is the recommended option. However, if you have some sensitive data on your medium, you should choose full erase, because then the disc will be completely emptied.


DVD Video:

Correct .ifo and .bup files - If the recorded disc is not played with some hardware players try to switch this option on. If this option is selected, the pre-mastering engine will automatically repair VIDEO_TS structures that do not meet DVD specifications. Some authoring engines intentionally break VIDEO_TS structures prior to being written to disc.


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