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All that's left to do now, is choose what is to be burned. The top half of the screen functions like a file manager. Simply drag and drop the files and directories you wish to burn onto the large pane at bottom right. On the left you will see a tree view forming of your chosen files. Should there be some files or directories which you do not want to burn, these can be easily removed from the project by simply removing them from the panel at the bottom. Select the file to be removed (you can control-click to select multiple ones), then right-click, and select '''Remove'''. After this, the bottom left-hand panel should show an updated tree representation of the directories and files.
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The top half of the screen is the ''source pane''; it functions like a file manager.&emsp; You can choose ordinary files from mounted data volumes or audio tracks from inserted audio discs.&emsp; Names of audio tracks are automatically generated using [http://libcddb.sourceforge.net/ CDDB]; the exact format is controlled by a button in the bottom pane.&emsp; If the names are incorrect or simply do not match the description of the disc, you can edit them using the toolbar button.&emsp; Your changes will be cached locally and submitted to the master registry at [http://www.freedb.org/ FreeDB].&emsp;  <small>Internet connection fees apply.</small>
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Now that you have your sources at hand, simply drag and drop the files and directories you wish to burn onto the large pane to the right at the bottom; this is the ''model pane''.&emsp; Behold a tree of your chosen files forming to the left.&emsp; Should there be some files or directories which you do not want to burn, these can be easily removed from the project by simply removing them from the panel at the bottom.&emsp; Select the file to be removed (you can control-click to select multiple ones), then choose <menuchoice>Remove</menuchoice> from the context menu.&emsp;
  
 
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The top line will be the title of the disk. In many cases this will be fine, but if you would like to change this to something else, simply right-click on the title and rename it.
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K3b is a simple, yet powerful and highly-configurable graphical optical disk burning application for audio, video, data projects and more!
K3b's default opening screen

Introduction

If you have used a burning program such as Nero under Windows, K3b will feel quite familiar.

Featuring a simple, yet powerful graphical interface, K3b provides various options for burning a CD, DVD, or BD (Blu-ray disc). Various types of optical projects are supported including (but not limited to) audio and data, video projects for DVD and VCD, as well as multi-session and mixed-mode discs. K3b also has the ability to erase re-writable media and can perform more complicated tasks such as audiovisual encoding and decoding.

Pre-setup

When you run K3b for the first time, you may find K3b informing you that no optical writer drivers have been found, meaning you will not be able to write to any optical discs. There is no need to panic as K3b will open a configuration window which will help you get various tools used by K3b up and running. This includes viewing the user group that owns those applications. You shouldn't need to change this as K3b will apply the correct permissions on external programs itself. These programs are generally cdrecord, growisofs and cdrdao. If preferred, one can tell K3b to use the burning user group and point it to the optical drive. Below is an image of the configuration window where these settings are possible.

K3bsetup.png

Configuring the User Interface

Upon starting K3b you are offered quick starts to the three most popular processes

  • New Data Project
  • New Audio CD Project
  • Copy Medium

K3b can perform much more than these tasks though, and so you may find that some of the other possibilities are just as useful to you. Take a look at this list for a taste of other available functions (click on the image to enlarge it):

K3bMoreActions.png


Perhaps a quick start for one or more of these other tasks would be useful to you and so K3b can give you that, too. Simply right click on the application desktop, and here you will see a menu for adding buttons:

K3bAddButton.png

Configuring the internals

Most of the default settings can simply be left alone. It is however, recommended that you do take a look at the Advanced Settings page. Here you can set various important settings, if required.

K3bAdvancedSettings.png
  • Use Burnfree should be set — it controls the burn, ensuring that the buffer never gets dangerously low (which reduces the quantity of bad burns).
  • You may wish to automatically erase re-writable disks.
  • The option Do not eject medium after write process is invaluable if your drive is one that cannot be closed quickly enough for Verify to happen.

Preparing to burn a disk

When starting a new project, you should ensure that K3b has detected the correct optical media, such as CD or DVD. On the status line at the bottom of the screen you should see the size of disk which is currently set. If this is not correct, or you require a different size, simply right-click on it and set the preferred size from the provided list:

K3bDiskChoice.png


Now choose what is to be burnt. 

The top half of the screen is the source pane; it functions like a file manager.  You can choose ordinary files from mounted data volumes or audio tracks from inserted audio discs.  Names of audio tracks are automatically generated using CDDB; the exact format is controlled by a button in the bottom pane.  If the names are incorrect or simply do not match the description of the disc, you can edit them using the toolbar button.  Your changes will be cached locally and submitted to the master registry at FreeDB.  Internet connection fees apply.

Now that you have your sources at hand, simply drag and drop the files and directories you wish to burn onto the large pane to the right at the bottom; this is the model pane.  Behold a tree of your chosen files forming to the left.  Should there be some files or directories which you do not want to burn, these can be easily removed from the project by simply removing them from the panel at the bottom.  Select the file to be removed (you can control-click to select multiple ones), then choose Remove from the context menu. 

The top line will be the title of the disk. In many cases this will be fine, but if you would like to change this to something else, simply rename it using the context menu.

Final Steps

You are now ready to hit the Burn button.

K3bSetVerify.png

You will see on my screenshot that no disk was present. When you have inserted the appropriate disk you will see a description of it on that line.

There are still one or two choices to be made. I would recommend that you set Verify written data, then hit the Save icon at the bottom of the screen, ensuring that it becomes your personal default. For most modern drives it's safe to leave mode and speed to Auto. If you may wish to burn another copy of the disk at a later date, select Create image, which will save having to set up the burn again. Set the number of copies you want to burn, then, when you are satisfied, hit Burn.

Burning an Audio CD

This page tells you how to burn an audio CD from your stored files.


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