Creating an Audio only DVD from several CD's

Michael Miles mmamiga6 at
Wed Aug 11 23:33:55 UTC 2010

JD wrote:
>    On 08/11/2010 12:50 PM, linux at wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 10:36:30AM -0700, JD wrote:
>>>     On 08/11/2010 05:34 AM, linux at wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 05:28:51PM -0700, JD wrote:
>>>>>      On 08/10/2010 05:15 PM, Michael Miles wrote:
>>>>>> linux at wrote:
>>>>>>> Maybe a solution to this would be to put the wav files on a Video-DVD
>>>>>>>>      and leave the video directory empty. This would however only give you
>>>>>>>>      a sample rate of 48000 Hz instead of up to 192000 Hz as specified for
>>>>>>>>      a DVD-A. But then at least you could play the DVD on most any
>>>>>>>>      DVD-player. I am going to try that tomorrow.
>>>>>> This is about the only way I could get this to work.
>>>>>> It's a shame but the big problem is the Media companies. Mp3, aac, ogg,
>>>>>> any of the lossy formats are ok with them but lossless, mo way they make
>>>>>> it hard. No real support for probably one of the better music
>>>>>> formats.... DVD-A.
>>>>>> The work around is DVD-Video with out the video. Use in a 4 hour long
>>>>>> play and it gets a few cd there (5-6)
>>>>>> Kdenlive works
>>>>> So, how do I create a DVD-Video without the Video, but with only Audio?
>>>>> KdEnlive can do that?
>>>>> Guess I need to read up and the how to!
>>>> Hello,
>>>> Well, my steps to make a Video-DVD containing mainly audio are as
>>>> follows:
>>>> $>    ffmpeg -loop_input -t 2000 -i display.jpg -i 1.wav -r 44100 -target pal-dvd -aspect 4:3 1.mpg
>>>> $>    ffmpeg -loop_input -t 2000 -i display.jpg -i 2.wav -r 44100 -target pal-dvd -aspect 4:3 2.mpg
>>>> $>    dvdauthor -o testdvd -x dvd.xml
>>>> $>    cat dvd.xml
>>>> <dvdauthor>
>>>> <vmgm />
>>>> <titleset>
>>>> <titles>
>>>> <pgc>
>>>> <vob file="1.mpg" />
>>>> <vob file="2.mpg" />
>>>> </pgc>
>>>> </titles>
>>>> </titleset>
>>>> </dvdauthor>
>>>> EOF
>>>> $>    growisofs -Z /dev/sr0 -dvd-video testdvd/
>>>> The resulting DVD+RW (as I said before, I am having strange problems
>>>> creating DVD+R but no problems with DVD+RW) plays on vlc as well as on
>>>> my Denon DVD-player.
>>>> Leaving out the video encoding doesn't seem to work, so I gave a photo
>>>> as a loop input into ffmpeg.
>>>> However, it seems as if by the point all the audio has been encoded,
>>>> in ffmpeg's display the frame number keeps rising, but the size of the
>>>> resulting mpg file does not increase anymore. I need to press q to
>>>> stop ffmpeg encoding, and then I need to give it a shell interrupt
>>>> because it does not react anymore.
>>>> Surely there must be an option which I have missed on the command line
>>>> of ffmpeg to tell it to stop loop_encoding the photo when the end of
>>>> the audio is reached. I might have to ask this on the ffmpeg mailing
>>>> list.
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Gabriel
>>> Thank you Gabriel.
>>> I have seen similar behavior to ffmpeg in ffplay - it just will not stop
>>> after the audio has been played.
>>> Guess the program writer(s) were not looking for EOF? :) :)
>> Well, you have to put the -shortest option to ffmpeg, then it works
>> fine. I asked on the ffmpeg list.  Although I still have the
>> impression that the video is slightly longer than the original
>> soundtrack, there is something added to the end of the file where
>> there is no sound anymore, but still video.
> Does that not have to do with what wodim or cdrecord or dvdrecord
> do in order to pad the audio track to be a multiple of 2352 bytes?
> The silence could be that padding.
>> Somebody else on that list suggested:
>> "what if you knew the trt of your wav - which you must know , ie: it
>> is 5 min long , -t 5
>> ffmpeg -loop_input -i display.jpg -t 00:05:00:00 -i 1.wav -r 44100
>> -target pal-dvd -aspect 4:3 1.mpg"
>> I haven't tried that yet.
>> If you just want to have audio on the dvd, I think you cannot leave
>> out video, but maybe you can just add a blank screen as video.
>> Tell me about your results.
> I am waiting for your reply to my question re: the xml file content.
> How many image file entries do I have to have when I have 36 total tracks
> distributed unevenly in 4 dirs under the dir dvd.out?
>> Gabriel
I have some success with burning a data dvd with wav files.

Most players will see the wav files and play them. That way you are not 
limited to time ( length of time on dvd ) and only limited to size.

You can get quite a bit on a dvd.

Try it with your deck.

I have no problem with mine but it will play mp3 audio so it is able to 
pick up files.
So give that a try and make a Data DVD with wav files.


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