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  • How to burn with a Virtual CD drive

     v1.1.6
     Guide by delphi stuff
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    This guide explains how to use a Virtual CD drive in order to burn BIN/CUE files with more or less every burning applications. Note that the Virtual CD drive (coupled with a software VideoCD player) will also allow you to test a VideoCD before real burn!

     
    How to burn with a Virtual CD drive
    How to burn with a Virtual CD drive As "Vitual CD drive" application, I use the free Daemon Tools (v3.11). There are other "Virtual CD drive" application, like Fantom CD (not free this one), but I have never tested them.

    Principle:

    The virtual CD drive application allows you to 'mount' a CUE file, just like you've put the burnt disc in a drive. You can then watch it as a disc in a VideoCD PC player (like PowerDVD, WinDVD, ...), open files and folders just like the disc was actually in the drive. ... And, you can use your regular burning app to burn your virtual CD to blank CD (copy CD to CD)!

    Detailed instructions

    1) Virtual CD drive Installation

    Download and install Daemon Tools. See the online manual for Daemon Tools installation

    After a reboot, you should have the Daemon manager tray icon in the Taskbar

    Daemon manager tray icon in the Taskbar

    and "V386 STEALTH DVD" in the System/DeviceManager:

    Daemon manager tray icon in the Taskbar


    2) Mount Image

    Right click daemon tools in system tray | Virtual CD/DVD-ROM | Device 0: | Mount Image

    Mount Image

    and locate the CUE file on your harddrive to mount

    Mount Image


    NB: You can also use DaeMount (v1.44), when Daemon Tools is installed, to add Mount/Unmount/Edit in the .cue contextual menu:

    DaeMount (v1.44) installation

    You now should have:

    CUE contextual menu

    very handy! Quick way to mount/unmount a CD image file.


    3)

    Browse the mounted VideoCD

    You should now be able to see, in windows explorer, your VideoCD, as if you burnt it and put the VideoCD in your CD reader:

    Mount Image


    4) Test the VideoCD (without having burnt it!)

    With a software VideoCD player (for example PowerDVD or WinDVD), you can play directly your VideoCD:

    Mount Image

    NB: This does not gaurantee you that your VideoCD will play well on your home DVD player even if it plays well on your software player. But the opposite is also true... You will have to test...


    5) Burn the VideoCD

    Now use a burning app to burn your virtual CD to blank CD (copy CD to CD). Choose the 'V386 STEALTH DVD' as your source cdrom:

    Source CD

    Copy CD to CD summary. See at the end of this guide to have detailed information

    CloneCD 4.0.1.3 Copy Ok. It preserves SubIndexes!
    Recommemded solution


    Nero v5.5.8.2 Copy Ok, but does not preserve SubIndexes in Detailed CUE files (this may not be important to you, you have to test with your home DVD player)


    CdrWin 3.8G
    CdrWin 4.0A
    Copy Ok, but does not preserve SubIndexes in Detailed CUE files (this may not be important to you, you have to test with your home DVD player)


    Easy CD Creator v5.1 Copy Ok, but does not preserve SubIndexes in Detailed CUE files (this may not be important to you, you have to test with your home DVD player)


    Fireburner 2.1.7 Copy CD to CD not supported!


    6) Unmount Image

    Before deleting CD image file (BIN/CUE), or before mounting another CD image file, you need to unmount the previously mount CD image:

    Mount Image

    or, right click daemon tools and Umount all drives:

    Mount Image

    or, if you have DaeMount, simply locate your previously mounted .cue file, right click it and choose 'Unmount':

    Mount Image


    BIN/CUE CD image files
    BIN/CUE CD image files

    A CUE file is a text file. It gives instructions to the burning application on how to burn the BIN CD image file.

    Difference between "CUE" and "detailed CUE"

    In VCDEasy, when you choose "BIN/detailed CUE", as opposed to "BIN/CUE", chapter information will be also writen as subindex entries (in addition to the "normal" chapter information in the VideoCD). These subindex entries are physically writen to the CD. Some player require these subindex entries to have working chapters... You have to test with your home DVD player... (Note that CDRDAO preserves subindexes, this is not the case for all burning applications...)

    Example of a "detailed" CUE file

    FILE "C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\Desktop\videocd.bin" BINARY
    TRACK 01 MODE2/2352
    FLAGS DCP
    INDEX 01 00:00:00
    TRACK 02 MODE2/2352
    FLAGS DCP
    INDEX 00 00:04:15
    INDEX 01 00:06:15
    INDEX 02 00:14:36
    INDEX 03 00:18:60
    INDEX 04 00:24:59
    INDEX 05 00:29:61
    TRACK 03 MODE2/2352
    FLAGS DCP
    INDEX 00 00:37:67
    INDEX 01 00:39:67
    INDEX 02 00:46:07
    INDEX 03 00:52:06
    INDEX 04 00:57:63
    INDEX 05 01:03:66

    Example of a "non detailed" CUE file

    FILE "C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\Desktop\VIDEOC~1.BIN" BINARY
    TRACK 01 MODE2/2352
    INDEX 01 00:00:00
    TRACK 02 MODE2/2352
    INDEX 00 00:04:00
    INDEX 01 00:06:00
    TRACK 03 MODE2/2352
    INDEX 00 00:37:52
    INDEX 01 00:39:52

    .bin location error

    If you have problem burning CUE file, the first thing to do is to open the CUE file in a text editor and check the line starting with "FILE". It give the location of the corresponding BIN file. This location (path and filename) should most of the time be in 8.3 short filename to avoid problem with some burning application. Moreover, some burning application requires to have the CUE and the BIN file in the same folder, with the same name (for example "videocd.bin" and "videocd.cue"). In this case 'FILE "videocd.bin" BINARY' should be ok.



    Here is explained how I test if a burning application uses the subindex entries or not:

    1) I burn the BIN/"detailed" CUE files to a CD-RW using the burning application to test

    2) Then I use CloneCD to make back a CD image file from the CD-RW I have just burnt, and finally check in the CloneCD's CUE file if the subindex entries are there or not:

    "Copy from CD-Reader to Image File":

    CD Image Options

    It is important to choose "Game CD" there:

    CD Image Options

    You need to select "Create Cue-Sheet":

    CD Image Options

    Now, take a look a the CUE file just generated by CloneCD:

    CD Image Options

    Copy CD To CD tests with Daemon Tools as source
    Copy CD To CD tests with Daemon Tools as source For the "Copy CD to CD" tests, I used a detailed CUE file and check after the copy if SubIndex information have been preserved during the copy. I also used a NON "2336 bytes sectors" CD image file type.

    Do not forget to mount your CD image file before.

    Please, note that I may have missed some burning application options which improves the copy... As opposed to some users seems to think, I do not have an anwser to all problems, for all burning applications... Contact your burning application for more information... 

    Also, when possible, I try to use "Disc At Once" (DAO) burning method as opposed to "Track At Once" (TAO), as DAO writes the data more as expected; i.e. the sectors are written exactly where expected, while with TAO it depends on the hardware, whether it allows the sectors to be where we want them... (TAO means, that the cd burner cares about the pause between tracks, and also introduces 2 additional link-sectors before and after the pause; also this pause is not really written, because the laser is switched of while going over the track-pauses...)

    Here are some burning applications I tried:

    CloneCD v4.0.1.3
    Open CloneCD v4

    CloneCD Copy CD to CD

    Choose "V386 STEALTH DVD" as source

    CloneCD Copy CD to CD

    IMPORTANT: Choose Copy as "Game CD", otherwise you won't have a working CD copy.

    CloneCD Copy CD to CD

    Then finish the copy as usual, except that it is a good idea to burn at low speed (1x or 2x) for some home DVD players


    CloneCD v4 preserves SubIndexes!
    Recommemded solution


    Nero v5.5.8.2
    CdrWin Copy CD to CD


    Copy Ok, but does not preserve SubIndexes in Detailed CUE files (this may not be important to you, you have to test with your home DVD player)


    CdrWin v3.8G
    CdrWin v4.0A

    CdrWin Copy CD to CD


    Copy Ok, but does not preserve SubIndexes in Detailed CUE files (this may not be important to you, you have to test with your home DVD player)

    Note that if you did not pay for CdrWin but use a serial number or a key generator found on the web... there is a great chance that you will create coasters!... Most of the serial numbers for CdrWin available on web seem to be valid but are not at final... and instead of saying "Bad Serial Number", CdrWin will sometimes create coasters... [not very kind...]


    Easy CD Creator v5.1

    EasyCD Creator Copy CD to CD


    Copy Ok, but does not preserve SubIndexes in Detailed CUE files (this may not be important to you, you have to test with your home DVD player)


    Fireburner v2.1.7 Copy CD to CD not supported!



    NB: For your information, CDRDAO preserves SubIndexes...