Copyrighted Material. Please note that data, audio, video CD or DVD copying is often forbidden by copyright law. We assume that if you want to duplicate copyrighted material, it's because you have the right to do so.
Choose + from the main menu to start K3b. Figure 4.7, “K3b's Interface” shows K3b's interface with a new data project open.
Toolbar. Where buttons to perform common actions lie. See Table 4.1, “K3b's Toolbar Buttons”.
File Manager. To choose which files to include in the burned CD. Use the left-hand tree to navigate the file system, then drag-and-drop the files you want to include into the Project Manager.
Project Manager. Where all files which will be on the burned CD are shown and handled. Files can be removed and their location (directory) on the CD can be changed here.
Table 4.1. K3b's Toolbar Buttons
creates a data CD; (see Section 4.3.2, “Burning Data CDs”); creates a data DVD; creates an audio CD; (see Section 4.3.3, “Burning Audio CDs (CDDA)”); creates a mixed mode (data+audio) CD; creates a digital compressed video CD; creates a video DVD; that is a video DVD that can be played on any DVD player; creates an eMovix CD; creates an eMovix DVD.
Copy a CD. To make an exact copy of a CD. It opens a window which asks for the copy settings. Refer to Section 4.3.5, “Duplicating a CD”, for more information.
Copy a DVD. To make an exact copy of a CD. It opens a window which asks for the copy settings. Refer to Section 4.3.5, “Duplicating a CD”, for more information. Please note that you cannot duplicate copyrighted DVD movies with this function, as they are encrypted.
Erase a CD-RW. To erase re-writable CD medium. It opens a window which asks for the erase operation settings. Please refer to Section 4.3.6, “Erasing CD-RW media”, for more information.
Choose + → from K3b's menu (or use the New Project button shown in Table 4.1, “K3b's Toolbar Buttons”). Then drop the files and directories you want to include on the CD into the Project Manager (see Figure 4.8, “Selecting Files and Directories to Include on a CD”).
The space occupied by the selected files and directories is shown by a color-coded bar at the bottom of the Project Manager, together with the volume expressed in MB and the available MB of the medium's total capacity. The bar's color codes are as follows:
The size of the set is nearly equal the selected medium's capacity. If it's a few MB below the medium's capacity, there won't be any capacity-related problems; if it's a few MB above, the CD might be written without problems, but there's little guarantee of success.
Right clicking on any file or directory in the Project Manager pops up a contextual menu with options to remove and rename files, create new (empty) directories, etc. Files and directories can be relocated (change the directory under which you want them to appear) on the CD using drag-and-drop.
Insert a recordable medium in the CD burner and click on the button or choose the → menu entry. Then select writing parameters (see Figure 4.9, “Setting Writing Parameters”) and click the button to start writing the CD.
Let's assume you have downloaded a CD-ROM image from the Internet and you want to burn it on a CD. Choose → from K3b's menu. Click the “open file” button to browse for the CD image file and select the file in the standard open file dialog. The CD image is then verified and information about it is displayed (see Figure 4.10, “Burn CD Image Options”).
recording audio CDs from tracks digitized in Wave
*.wav), Ogg Vorbis
*.ogg), and MP3
*.mp3) formats. You can mix digital audio formats
since K3b decompresses the compressed ones
on-the-fly. K3b can also create digital audio
tracks from audio CD s, also known as
“ripping” (see Section 4.3.4, “Audio CD Extraction or
Choose + → from K3b's menu. Select K3b's File Manager's filter to Sound Files, navigate to where the digitized audio files are and then drag and drop the audio tracks them in the Project Manager (see Figure 4.11, “Selecting Audio Tracks to Include on the CD”).
Insert the audio CD to rip tracks from and click on the drive in the left side of the File Manager. The CD is read and, by default, all tracks are marked to be ripped. Just click on the check mark of those you don't want to rip.
Make sure that enough temporary space is available. You can check the available space in K3b's status bar. Bear in mind that each minute of CD-quality digitized uncompressed audio takes a little more than 10 MB of disk space.
Click the button to review the different ripping options (see Figure 4.12, “CD Ripping Options”), especially the file naming ones. Once you're satisfied with your settings, click .
Choose → from the menu. Select the number of copies
1 in the example), whether to remove the temporary
image or not (
yes), the reader and burning devices
(automatically set), and click . The
“source” CD is then read, an image of it
is made, and the “target” CD is
You might want to format your CD-RW media in order to write it with different data. To do so, insert the medium in the CD burner and choose → from the menu (see Figure 4.14, “Setting CD-RW Blanking Options”). The Erase Type can be set to Fast (the CD-RW is quickly erased in up to 3 minutes); Complete (the CD-RW is completely erased taking up to 90 minutes); and a few options related to multi-session recording are also available. Click to erase the CD-RW.