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westgroveg
post Dec 7 2003, 07:01
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I decided to write this thread after not being able to find any standard way of creating an Image compressed with FLAC. This guide is the best way I have found so far, hope it's useful.

1. Open EAC


a. Drive Setup (done once):


. Insert an audio CD into your drive and open EAC

. Click EAC\Drive Options (F10) on the menu bar, select the Extraction Method tab & then press the Detect Read Features.... button

. Wait for EAC to finish analyzing your drive then take a note of your drive's features & press the OK button

. Select: Secure mode with the following drive features (recommended);


Feature: Caching/Drive caches audio

If EAC reports "Caching: Yes" your drive caches audio data, every sector read will be read from cache and is identical, this will increase the probability of errors & cause a speed decrease. EAC needs to clear the cache by overreading it, enable this by ticking the "drive caches audio" box.


Tip: EAC may misinform about audio caching, as an alternative you can use Feurio's audio caching test found in Feurio.exe\Ctrl+Alt+P\Test device\Cache test.

Tip: Some drives disable audio caching at low speeds; if your drive is set to DMA transfer mode, try changing it to PIO only transfer mode, then re-test for caching and set back to DMA mode.


Feature: Accurate Stream/Drive has ‘Accurate Stream’ feature

If EAC reports "Accurate Stream: Yes", you have a decreased probability of errors.


Feature: "C2 Error Info/Drive is capable of retrieving C2 error information"

With C2 enabled, EAC's error detection becomes dependent on the drives C2 accuracy which varies from drive to drive and increases the probability of errors. This feature also results in a speed increase, because EAC doesn't read the data twice anymore. If your drive supports this feature and you decide to use it, enable this by ticking the C2 Error Info box.

Tip: To determine your drives C2 accuracy you could attempt to create a DAE Quality test CD.


Tip: The Coaster Factory, Eac-Audio.de have databases with user reported drive settings, you can use them to determine the appropriate features for your drive.


b. Extraction (done every time you create an image):


. Retrieve CD information or enter it manually, e.g. artist, album, track names (will be present in the CUE Sheet). Check for spelling errors using the original CD booklet/inlay.

. Click Action\Copy Image & create CUE Sheet\Uncompressed (Alt+F7)

. A Save Waveform dialog box will open, input your desired name & press the Save button.


2. Open FLAC Frontend

Tick only:
  • Verify (verifies there were no errors during encoding)
  • Add tags (Set-up tag conf. fields & set Filename scheme to Custom: X)
  • Replaygain (stores replaygain values, doesn't modify the original audio data)
  • Cuesheet (Created by EAC, Set full path)
  • Delete input files (removes input wave file)
Then press encode.

NEW!
Tip: You can now store CD TEXT within your FLAC image using Foobar; just open your CUE sheet with notepad then copy contents & paste it into the cuesheet tag of the FLAC image file within foobar

Tip: Keep the external CUE Sheet to display your image's tracks in Winamp using this plugin & for later restoring your image to a compliant audio CD

3. Open Burnatonce

Mastering\Data DVD(or CD)\ISO Settings

Tick only:
  • Compliant PVD
  • ISO9660:1999
  • Joliet Names
  • Long Joliet Names
  • UDF v1.02
  • Rock Ridge
This will allow maximum character & folder limits

Press OK, drag & drop your files, compile then press write.

Tip: Burn with UDF directory records, Par(2) recovery volumes &/or SFV/MD5 checksums to be sure you have the best error detection & recovery.

And that's all you need to do to create a lossless back-up.


Image Restoration

In this section of the guide we will restore our back-up to a compliant audio CD, this will be useful if your original CD becomes damaged or lost.

Copy your backed-up image & EAC generated CUE sheet to where EAC originally extracted them on your hard drive so that the paths in the CUE sheet are correct


a. Decoding

Open: FLAC Frontend then input your FLAC image file (.FLAC file) you just copied to your hard disk

Press: decode, this will restore your FLAC image back to WAV making it compatible with your EAC generated CUE sheet.


b. Burning

Open: EAC then go to Tools\Write CD-R (Alt-W), the EAC Writer window will open

Go to: File\Load CUE Sheet, open your working folder & select the EAC generated CUE then press Open

Go to: CD-R\write CD, then select Close CD & press Make It So to begin writing.

Tip: Write at low speeds for best results.

And that's all you need to do to restore your back-up.



Links

Lossless Audio comparisonsOther lossless guidesOther tools
  • .mp3size - calculates & compares space used by lossy, lossless & uncompressed
  • FLACATTACK - Automates ripping to a image, encoding to FLAC & creating mp3's (file per track) for playback
  • Burrrn - Automates image restoration, decoding & burning
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The reason I prefer UDF is for compatibility (as with FLAC) also it's support for long file names & becasue it's a newer standard it should have superior error correcting compared to ISO 9660.

I'm not going to try to sell using images instead of tracks just wanted to try to help those who prefer it for what ever reason. The reason I create an image rather than multiple files for back-ups (to DVD-R) is just that I find it a neater way of storing the data, tracks, pauses/hidden tracks, all the CD data is together, 1 CD = 1 file. I also use EAC to split the image at the CUE points & create APS mp3's for playback but I like to have a lossless image backed-up & stored in a safe place.


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Calufraxis
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wetgroveg,

Why do you suggest UDF formatted rom vs iso formatted?
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- westgroveg   westgroveg's EAC+FLAC image guide   Dec 7 2003, 07:01
- - Calufraxis   wetgroveg, Why do you suggest UDF formatted rom v...   Feb 4 2004, 17:27
- - eagleray   Why do you prefer to burn an image rather than rip...   Feb 4 2004, 18:08
|- - zilexa   QUOTE (eagleray @ Feb 4 2004, 06:08 PM)Why do...   Feb 11 2005, 11:59
||- - esa372   QUOTE (zilexa @ Feb 11 2005, 02:59 AM)I want ...   Feb 11 2005, 15:04
||- - zilexa   QUOTE (esa372 @ Feb 11 2005, 03:04 PM)QUOTE (...   Feb 15 2005, 15:03
||- - esa372   QUOTE (zilexa @ Feb 15 2005, 06:03 AM)after c...   Feb 15 2005, 16:05
|- - Erich w/ an h   QUOTE (eagleray @ Feb 4 2004, 01:08 PM)Why do...   Jun 14 2005, 10:24
||- - Bri   Thanks a lot for a great guide.   Aug 3 2005, 17:05
||- - FrzzMan   QUOTE (Erich w/ an h @ Jun 14 2005, 04:24 PM)...   Aug 31 2005, 22:21
|- - lossyliving   QUOTE (eagleray @ Feb 4 2004, 11:08 AM)Why do...   Feb 4 2006, 00:51
- - sinan   IIRC this is useful with CDs that have "hidde...   Feb 5 2004, 13:41
- - Ryushi   QUOTE (Calufraxis @ Feb 4 2004, 08:27 AM)Why ...   Feb 5 2004, 14:16
- - Calufraxis   Thanks Ryushi, I never really had a problem with ...   Feb 5 2004, 14:36
- - mmortal03   QUOTE (sinan @ Feb 5 2004, 06:41 AM)IIRC this...   Feb 5 2004, 17:58
- - Patsoe   UDF also offers better immunity to read errors, wh...   Feb 5 2004, 23:51
- - Moguta   QUOTE (Patsoe @ Feb 5 2004, 10:51 PM)UDF also...   Mar 20 2004, 06:03
- - Single   QUOTE (Patsoe @ Feb 6 2004, 01:51 AM)UDF also...   Mar 21 2004, 19:46
- - wipeout   QUOTE (eagleray @ Feb 4 2004, 09:08 AM)Why do...   Mar 28 2004, 00:40
- - IrYoKu   QUOTE (Patsoe @ Feb 6 2004, 12:51 AM)UDF also...   Mar 28 2004, 14:43
- - Patsoe   QUOTE (Moguta @ Mar 20 2004, 06:03 AM)QUOTE (...   Mar 29 2004, 00:03
- - buzzy   I'm sure this was well-intentioned but it...   May 2 2004, 14:05
- - forrestlaw03   Is there any way to do this and keep the track nam...   May 9 2004, 06:18
- - WarBird   ISO vs UDF: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/allcam/c...   May 19 2004, 15:43
|- - cbope   QUOTE (WarBird @ May 19 2004, 06:43 AM)ISO vs...   Sep 10 2004, 22:15
- - westgroveg   Buzzy's suggestions added, -Changed Coaster F...   Jun 27 2004, 05:43
- - Polar   QUOTE (westgroveg @ Jun 27 2004, 16:43 UTC)I ...   Jul 1 2004, 09:30
- - Abomination   I just tried using this method, everything seems o...   Jul 5 2004, 10:32
|- - Jud   QUOTE (Abomination @ Jul 5 2004, 01:32 AM)I j...   Sep 4 2004, 11:09
|- - westgroveg   QUOTE (Jud @ Sep 4 2004, 10:09 PM)QUOTE (Abom...   Sep 4 2004, 11:44
|- - Jud   QUOTE (westgroveg @ Sep 4 2004, 02:44 AM)Can ...   Sep 4 2004, 13:19
- - keiths   Just for completeness, unless I'm misunderstan...   Jul 5 2004, 16:57
- - westgroveg   Yes keiths that's a good idea I also would lik...   Jul 11 2004, 02:21
- - westgroveg   keiths suggestions added, -Image Restoration sect...   Jul 12 2004, 09:26
- - Sgt_Strider   Hey guys, should I press "f4" to test ou...   Jul 18 2004, 10:23
- - Dirge   westgroveg thanks for your very informative guide....   Jul 27 2004, 08:23
|- - westgroveg   QUOTE (Dirge @ Jul 27 2004, 07:23 PM)westgrov...   Aug 3 2004, 06:19
||- - kunwar   I have a quick question. I have tried putting the ...   Feb 15 2005, 15:49
|- - ted_b   QUOTE (Dirge @ Jul 26 2004, 11:23 PM)westgrov...   Sep 4 2004, 15:56
- - Sam_P   For those having trouble with filenames after enco...   Aug 8 2004, 01:05
|- - westgroveg   QUOTE (Sam_P @ Aug 8 2004, 12:05 PM)For those...   Aug 10 2004, 00:21
- - mmortal03   You don't have to change WAV to FLAC, just .wa...   Aug 10 2004, 00:37
|- - westgroveg   QUOTE (mmortal03 @ Aug 10 2004, 11:37 AM)You ...   Aug 10 2004, 00:53
|- - svkelley   I am just wondering for someone with hundreds of C...   Aug 22 2004, 15:19
|- - westgroveg   QUOTE (svkelley @ Aug 23 2004, 02:19 AM)I am ...   Aug 27 2004, 05:44
- - kheops   hi is there an easy way in the flac frontend to l...   Aug 27 2004, 11:08
|- - westgroveg   QUOTE (kheops @ Aug 27 2004, 10:08 PM)hi is ...   Aug 27 2004, 14:08
- - Twinky   I think for someone who has hundreds of CD's t...   Sep 20 2004, 05:08
- - westgroveg   There are many ways to skin a cat. Although this g...   Sep 20 2004, 13:54
|- - ponchorage   QUOTE (westgroveg @ Sep 20 2004, 04:54 AM)The...   Oct 18 2004, 17:28
|- - westgroveg   QUOTE (ponchorage @ Oct 19 2004, 04:28 AM)QUO...   Oct 28 2004, 02:52
- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (Twinky @ Sep 20 2004, 05:08 AM)I think...   Sep 20 2004, 21:03
|- - Polar   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Sep 20 2004, 20:03 UT...   Sep 20 2004, 22:45
|- - Twinky   QUOTE (Polar @ Sep 21 2004, 07:45 AM)QUOTE (S...   Sep 21 2004, 02:38
- - westgroveg   Added - Comparisons links - Other guides links   Sep 21 2004, 02:17
- - Synthetic Soul   I have sent a PM with the same message, but I neve...   Jan 13 2005, 11:06
- - atici   I followed this guide and like the idea quite a lo...   Mar 2 2005, 23:29
- - foshelan   Well, guys, I have a question: When I open my EAC,...   May 10 2005, 19:05
|- - ponchorage   QUOTE (foshelan @ May 10 2005, 10:05 AM)Well,...   May 10 2005, 19:12
|- - Ryushi   QUOTE (foshelan @ May 10 2005, 10:05 AM)Well,...   May 12 2005, 09:18
- - Jeffe   Thank you for the guide! If you just simply e...   Aug 6 2005, 16:17
- - Martin H   If you have embedded the Cue Sheet into the 'C...   Aug 7 2005, 00:27
- - Defsac   As far as I know UDF error correction is no differ...   Aug 7 2005, 05:13
- - mordeth   does anyone know of any players for linux that sup...   Aug 31 2005, 06:22
|- - VCSkier   QUOTE (mordeth @ Aug 31 2005, 01:22 AM) d...   Apr 13 2006, 04:46
- - matteo1983   bit of a noob here, but cant u just create the ima...   Oct 14 2005, 09:43
- - Martin H   In FLAC Frontend there are selectable options for ...   Oct 15 2005, 05:31
- - varaonaid   Well, I though I knew a little about audio encodin...   Nov 4 2005, 20:30
- - Phaedras   I was wondering if there is anything wrong with ju...   Nov 29 2005, 07:49
|- - AutumnRain   QUOTE I was wondering if there is anything wrong w...   Dec 2 2005, 14:00
- - Badass01   Is there a way to extract the FLAC image into sepr...   Jan 15 2006, 21:28
|- - clintb   QUOTE (Badass01 @ Jan 15 2006, 02:28 PM)Is th...   Jan 15 2006, 21:59
|- - indybrett   QUOTE (Badass01 @ Jan 15 2006, 03:28 PM)Is th...   Mar 14 2006, 22:29
|- - Badass01   QUOTE (indybrett @ Mar 14 2006, 10:29 PM)QUOT...   Mar 18 2006, 19:32
- - satorippoi   What is your command line for EMBEDDED Cue-sheet i...   Mar 14 2006, 20:30
- - ponchorage   Sure will. You can pass the command line arguments...   Mar 20 2006, 16:12
- - artyomk3d   On flac mailing list there was a guy who wrote a c...   May 29 2006, 12:57
- - dbAmp   I'm new to encoding with FLAC, so please excus...   Jul 5 2006, 21:58
- - ESP85   When burning a FLAC image to CD and reripping, sho...   Dec 24 2006, 01:19
|- - mmortal03   QUOTE (ESP85 @ Dec 23 2006, 19:19) When b...   Dec 24 2006, 01:30
- - greynol   If gaps are appended to the previous track, cue sh...   Dec 24 2006, 06:41
|- - mmortal03   QUOTE (greynol @ Dec 24 2006, 00:41) If g...   Dec 24 2006, 09:51
- - ESP85   Yeah. I don't think my drive does overreading...   Dec 24 2006, 13:04
- - ESP85   Oh yeah, is there anyway to setup EAC so it can de...   Dec 24 2006, 17:26
- - greynol   QUOTE (mmortal03 @ Dec 24 2006, 00:51) QU...   Dec 24 2006, 19:12
- - dewey1973   I like the convenience of this method and have bee...   Dec 24 2006, 20:55
- - greynol   Would it be possible to improve the accuracy of so...   Jan 7 2008, 06:46


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