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Glossary

Simulation

Performs all steps in a burn process without using the laser beam. We recommend running a simulation if you are decompressing data before burning, e.g. when burning an audio CD from MP3 files. You can assume that if simulation is successful, the burn process will also be successful.

Track

Data unit that joins successive sectors on a disc. On an audio CD a track corresponds to a piece of music. Several tracks together with the lead-in and lead-out constitute a session.

Track-at-once (TAO)

Writing method in which each track is written individually to the CD. The writing process is interrupted briefly after each track, i.e. the laser switches off. With this writing method, writing to a CD can be paused and continued later.

Transcoding

Transcoding refers to the conversion from one audio format to another, e.g. WAV files to MP3 files.

VCD

Video Compact Disc, Video CD. Movies, audio, and video data is stored using the MPEG compression standard. VCDs can be played by the majority of CD-ROMs, DVD players, and DVD-ROM drives with the appropriate software for processing this video format.

Volume descriptor

Area at the beginning of a CD containing the structure of the file system. It may also contain additional and optional information about the CD (e.g. the name of the CD, the publisher, the copyright notice).

WAV

Audio format developed by Microsoft for Windows. There is no data compression when converting. WAV is the equivalent to Apple's AIF format.

Yellow Book The Yellow Book is the standard for the format of CDs used for data storage.

Nero Burning ROM

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