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kbshearer

Burning Ac3 Files To Cd

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Hey there,

 

Is there a way to burn a Dolby Digital AC3 file onto an audio Cd and not a Dvd? I need to be able to have the encoded Ac3 files on Cd so that they can be decoded by the A/V receiver and played back. I can do this on a PC by using Cd Architect or Nero, but Toast seems to want to mess with the encoding. Is there a way to make this work?

 

Thanks!

 

Kirt

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I don't think there is any way of making this work aside from burning the AC-3 files as a data disc. Are you saying you have a disc player that plays AC-3 audio-only CDs? If so, those probably are formatted as ISO 9660 data discs.

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Actually, any CD player with a digital output connected to a A/V receiver that can decode DTS or AC3 can easily use a normal Cd player and a normal Cd to play a 5.1 format. The Cd has to formatted via redbook standard so that the player knows what to do with it. The digital file is just a bitstream to the burning program.....As I said it works great on the PC side of things with Nero or Cd Architect, but I need something to work with a Mac. Toast version 8? I Think? used to do this just fine. You had to option drag in order to keep it from trying to re-encode. The Toast 10 manual (Pg73) indicates that this should be possible, but in practice, I have not yet gotten it to work.

 

Thanks,

 

Kirt

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Actually, any CD player with a digital output connected to a A/V receiver that can decode DTS or AC3 can easily use a normal Cd player and a normal Cd to play a 5.1 format. The Cd has to formatted via redbook standard so that the player knows what to do with it. The digital file is just a bitstream to the burning program.....As I said it works great on the PC side of things with Nero or Cd Architect, but I need something to work with a Mac. Toast version 8? I Think? used to do this just fine. You had to option drag in order to keep it from trying to re-encode. The Toast 10 manual (Pg73) indicates that this should be possible, but in practice, I have not yet gotten it to work.

 

Thanks,

 

Kirt

Interesting. This is news to me. I wasn't aware there was an option to use the audio CD format that way. I thought that format only allowed 44.1/16 uncompressed 2-channel audio. I vaguely recall being able to option drag .ac3 audio files into Toast but I'm pretty sure they would get encoded to basically the aiff format when making an audio CD. If you can't find a way around this then I'm pretty sure Toast doesn't do it.

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