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Using Roxio Creator Basic v9 to Burn CDs/DVDs

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq Desktop Computers with Roxio Creator Basic v9.
Roxio Creator 9 allows you to create audio and data discs from files or copies of other discs.
Figure 1: Roxio Creator 9
NOTE:This document provides basic instructions for using Roxio Creator. For more detailed information, use the Roxio Creator application help. To access Roxio Creator help, click Help and then click Help again, or press the F1 key while in the Roxio Creator window.
NOTE:HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.

Erasing rewritable discs before recording

Previously recorded files on CD-RW, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW discs must be erased before recording new files. CD-R, DVD-R, and DVD+R discs cannot be erased.
Use these steps to erase a rewritable disc:
  1. Insert the rewritable disc you want to erase.
  2. Select Roxio Creator from the autoplay window that opens, or open Roxio Creator by clicking Start , All Programs , Roxio , and then Creator Basic v9 .
  3. Click Tools and then Erase Disc .
  4. Click the Quick Erase or Full Erase option, and then click the Erase Disc button.

Creating music or audio CDs

Roxio Creator can create music CDs that can be played in most home and car stereos. Use this section to create a CD in the typical format like you would purchase on a commercial CD. This type of CD holds 10 to 20 songs, depending on the length of the songs and capacity of the CD. Uncompressed files can be burned on CD-Rs (which play in most home and car stereos, DVD players, and computers) or CD-RWs (which play only in some stereos, DVD players, and computers).
Follow these steps to create uncompressed audio CDs:
  1. Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc.
    If you want to play the music CD in a home or car stereo, use a CD-R disc. CD-RW discs may not play in some CD music players.
  2. Select Roxio Creator from the autoplay window that opens, or open Roxio Creator by clicking Start , All Programs , Roxio , and then Creator Basic v9 .
  3. Click the Audio tab and then Audio CD .
  4. Add music to the CD by doing one or more of the following:
    • Click Add Music and navigate to music stored on the computer. Select the songs you want to record, and then click Add .
    • Use Windows Explorer to drag music from a location on the computer hard disk drive.
    • Insert a CD and add songs from it. Select the songs to record, and then click Add .
  5. To name the disc, highlight Volume Label , and then type a name.
    Roxio Creator assigns a name based on the recording date if you do not type a name.
  6. Click the Burn button when all the audio files have been added to the music CD project.
  7. Click Done when the recording is complete.

Creating jukebox discs

Roxio Creator can create jukebox discs with compressed files (.mp3, .wma, or .m4a). The smaller file format enables you to fit approximately ten times as many songs onto the disc (depending on length and format). Compressed files can be burned to CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW disc formats (select models only).
NOTE:Compressed files can only be played on computers, CD players, or DVD players that support the file format you use to create the disc (.mp3 is most commonly supported). For file format compatibility, check the documentation for the device where you intend to play the disc.
NOTE:You may hear a slight loss of sound quality using compressed audio files.
Use these steps to create compressed (jukebox) music CDs or DVDs using Roxio Creator:
  1. Insert a blank or writeable disc that is compatible with the CD or DVD writable drive.
  2. Select Roxio Creator from the autoplay window that opens, or open Roxio Creator by clicking Start , All Programs , Roxio , and then Creator Basic v9 .
  3. Click the Audio tab, and then Jukebox Disc .
  4. Add music to the disc by doing one or more of the following:
    • Click Add Music and navigate to music files stored on your computer. Select the songs you want to record, and then click Add .
    • Use Windows Explorer to drag music files from a location on the computer hard disk drive.
    • Insert a CD and add songs from it. Select the songs you want to record, and then click Add .
  5. To name the disc, highlight Volume Label , and then type a name over it.
    Roxio Creator assigns a name based on the recording date if a name is not typed.
  6. Click the Burn button when you have added all the audio files to your music CD project.
  7. Click Done when recording is complete.

Creating data discs

NOTE:If you experience problems when copying files on dual-layer discs, update the Roxio Creator software from HP Customer Care. For more information, refer to the HP support document Obtaining Software and Drivers .
To create data CDs or DVDs using Roxio Creator:
  1. Insert a blank or writeable disc that is compatible with the CD or DVD writable drive.
  2. Select Roxio Creator from the autoplay window that opens, or open Roxio Creator by clicking Start , All Programs , Roxio , and then Creator .
  3. Click the Data tab, and then click Data Disc .
  4. Add data to the disc by doing one or more of the following:
    • Click Add Data and navigate to files stored on your computer.
    • In the Quick Scan panel, select a type of file to search for, and then click Scan to automatically search your computer for the selected file type.
    • Insert a CD or DVD that contains the file(s) you want to add.
    NOTE:Roxio Creator scans for all audio files, even the sounds from your operating system. If you don’t want to display some of these sounds, you can select the Options icon. In the Options window, select Audio , and then Quick Find . Select Hide Audio Files Shorter Than (in seconds) , type the number of seconds, and then click OK .
    Select the files you want to record, and then click Add .
    NOTE: You can rename your files in the file selection window by selecting and typing over the current name. This does not affect the original files on your hard disk drive.
  5. To name your disc, highlight Volume Label , and then type a name over it.
    Roxio Creator assigns a name based on the recording date if you do not type a name.
  6. Click the Burn button when all the files have been added to the data project.
  7. Click Done when the recording is complete.
NOTE: You can rename your files in the file selection window by selecting and typing over the current name. This does not affect the original files on your hard disk drive.

Copying a CD or DVD

Roxio Creator enables you to make copies of an existing music or data disc. The steps differ depending on the number of disc drives on your computer. Use these sections to make a copy of an existing music or data disc:

Computers with one disc drive

  1. Open Roxio Creator by clicking Start , All Programs , Roxio , and then Creator .
  2. Click the Copy tab, and then click Disc Copy .
  3. Insert the CD or DVD you want to copy into the disc drive.
  4. Click the Disc Copy button.
    Roxio Creator creates a temporary copy of the disc on the hard disk drive.
  5. When prompted, insert a blank or rewritable CD or DVD into the drive and click OK .
  6. Click Done when the recording is complete.

Computers with two disc drives

  1. Open Roxio Creator by clicking Start , All Programs , Roxio , and then Creator .
  2. Click the Copy tab, and then click Disc Copy .
  3. Insert the blank CD or DVD into the disc burning drive.
  4. Insert the CD or DVD you want to copy into the other disc drive.
  5. In the Disc Copy window, select the disc drive with the CD or DVD you wish to copy in the drop down list under Insert the disc you wish to copy in the drive below . Select the disc burning drive in the drop down list under Insert a blank or rewritable disc in the drive below .
  6. Click the Disc Copy button.
  7. Click Done when the recording is complete.

Creating a video CD (VCD) or video DVD

You have several options for creating video CDs and DVDs, depending on your computer's configuration. Click the Video tab to see if your computer includes Roxio MyDVD:

Creating a video DVD with Plug & Burn

Use these steps to create a video DVD with the Plug & Burn program:
  1. Open Roxio Creator 9.
  2. Click the Video tab, and then click Plug & Burn . The Plug & Burn program opens.
    NOTE:Only one instance of Plug & Burn or Roxio Media Import may be open at one time.
    Figure 4: Plug & Burn
  3. Connect a DV camera to your computer. Close any window that automatically opens.
  4. Insert a blank recordable DVD disc. Close any window that opens automatically.
  5. Use these steps to add a menu to your disc. If you do not want to add a menu, select No Menu and proceed to Step 6.
    1. Select Add a Menu .
    2. Click Style . The Select Menu Style window opens.
    3. Select a style from the list and click OK .
    4. In the Disc Title text box, enter a title for your disc.
  6. In the Drive menu, make sure the correct disc drive is selected.
  7. Click Next .
  8. From the Capture Device list, select the DV camera.
  9. Under Quality , select the output quality. The better the output quality, the greater the resulting file size.
  10. Under Create chapters , choose whether to create chapters in your movie.
    You can choose not to create chapters, or you can choose to create chapters based on scene changes or elapsed time.
  11. In the Movie Name box, enter the name of the new movie.
  12. Under Start capturing , select one of the following options:
    • To capture an entire tape, click Capture entire tape .
    • To capture live video, click Capture now .
  13. When you are finished capturing, click Stop Capture .
  14. To add additional video, repeat Step 12 and Step 13.
  15. Click Finish to start burning the video to a disc.

Importing video with Windows Media Center (select models only)

If your computer has Windows Media Center and a TV tuner, you can import video from a DVD player, VCR, or digital camera using this program. Then you can use muvee autoProducer or Roxio MyDVD to create a VCD or DVD. Use these steps to import video with Windows Media Center:
  1. Connect the DVD player, VCR, or digital camera to the S-Video connector on the TV tuner.
  2. Click Start , and then click Media Center .
  3. Scroll to TV + Movies .
  4. Select live tv .
  5. Change the channel to display the S-Video input.
  6. Click the Record button to begin recording the video.
  7. Click the Stop button to stop recording the video.
    The video has now been saved as a file to the hard disk drive. You can use muvee autoProducer or Roxio MyDVD to create a VCD or DVD from this file. You can also create a video DVD with Windows Media Center. For more information, go to the HP support document Recording TV Programs in Windows Media Center (Vista) .

Write Verification

Write verification notifies you that the burning process completed successfully or not. When enabled, write verification reads all of the data that was written immediately after the disc is created. This verification step can add time to the total time it takes to burn a disc, but is important to make sure the disc has been created successfully. To enable or disable write verification in Creator Basic v9, do the following:
  1. Open Roxio Creator Basic.
  2. Click Tools , and then Options .
  3. Select Data from the menu tree.
  4. Select Verify data written to the disc after burning and then click OK .

Upgrading to Easy Media Creator 9

If your computer did not come with Roxio MyDVD, you can purchase an upgrade to Easy Media Creator 9 to install MyDVD. Use these steps to purchase an upgrade to Easy Media Creator 9:
  1. Open Roxio Creator 9.
  2. Click the Video tab, then click Upgrade .
  3. Click the Learn More button.
    The Internet browser opens to the Easy Media Creator 9 site.
  4. Click BUY CD-ROM, and then follow the instructions to upgrade to Easy Media Creator 9.