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GEAR Software, Inc. the last 10 years is developing CD/DVD recording software
products and software development tools. Their products support all the usual
platforms such as UNIX and Windows/NT/2000/XP and the most of CD/DVD recorders.
The last version of Gear software, the v6.05 Mastering edition, is a complete
software for anything has to do with CD/DVD recording. All kind of users, professionals
and amateurs, will find a powerful program for creating almost everything they
want to do.
Gear PRO 6.0.5 Mastering Edition features :
- Write CD-R(W)
- Erase CD-RW
- CD-ROM support, ISO/Joliet
- CD-Audio support
- Convert MP3, WMA, OGG to CD Audio
- CD-ROM XA support
- Video CD creation
- Copy CDs
- Disc-at-once, track-at-once Writing
- Format CD-RW, DVD-RW and DVD+RW
- Burn-Proof, Just Link, Safe Burn, Write Proof, Seamless Link, Overburning
- Copy DVD's
- ISO/UDF support
- Write DVD-R(W)
- Write DVD+RW
- Write DVD+R
- Write DVD-RAM
- DVD-ROM support
- DVD-Video support
- Generate, Save Log files, run Batch files
- Run GEAR Commands from GEAR CLI
- Detect / show CD-A uncorrectable errors
- Import / Write DVD-Audio titles
- Write Master Tape (CD mastering)
- Jukebox control
- Disc Description Protocol (DDP) Output
- Rock Ridge support
- Incremental Packet Writing (VPW, FPW)
- Write Master Tape (DVD mastering)
- Convert CD/DVD to Master Tape or DDP
- Write DDP image to hard drive
- Transfer CDs and DVD's via FTP
- Generate and Verify CRC Integrity-Checksums for all files in a DDP Image
Supported standards & formats:
UDF (Universal Disc Format)
CD-ROM, ISO 9660
CD-ROM Mixed Mode
CD Digital Audio
ISO 9660 with Rockridge extension (Unix version)
GEAR also supports recording of the following authored file formats:
CD-Extra (Enhanced Music CD)
CD-I (Compact Disc Interactive)
EB (Electronic Book)
Proprietary video game authoring formats
Compressed and encrypted file formats
In the following pages we try to make several things with Gear v6.05 which
approved to be a very helpful software.
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DVD - Video
As soon as we run Gear we see a message which inform as that
the software is detecting our system's devices.
Below is the main screen of the program.
First thing we have to do is to choose from the drop down menu
the project type. We will try first to make a DVD-Video disc. After choosing
the appropriate project we press the button"Create...".
This is the next thing that we will see. We check again the DVD-VIDEO
(ISO/UDF), we select the destination folder and after giving
a name to our project and selecting the size of our DVD disc ( default to 4.7Gb)
This is the window that we will see.
Inside this we will see another one which is asking us to define
the folder that contains the VIDEO_TS files that we want to write.
As soon as we define the source folder, the Video_TS files are
automatically imported into our project's VIDEO_TS folder. What is really convenient
is that Gear will prompt user in case the selected Video files are not valid
for the DVD-Video compilation.
The DVD-Video compilation is ready, as you can see below:
We can write are project by pressing the "Write" button
(or testing it by pressing the "Test" button). We will be asked to
confirm our decision. We press "Yes"
The software indicates the wriitng progress as well as the current writing
speed. Here, we would prefer a more detailed interface showing information
about the elapsed time as well as a real-time indication of the burning speed.
In the current version, the DVD recording speed is preselected and set to 2x
for DVD rewritable and 4x for DVD recordable. User is not able to adjust the
speed to any other, and the recording speed displayed is not the actual. No
matter the drive's capabilities or the DVD media inserted, Gear illustrates
the preselected 2 or 4x speeds.
As soon as the writing process is finished we will receive the
or, if we have chosen Test:
3. Erase RW
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From the main bar of the program we select the icon.
Immediately the following message will appear:
We press "Total erase" for erase completely the disc contents
or "Quick erase" for erasing only the table of contents. We prefer the quick
way and we press the "OK" button.
Once again we will be asked to confirm our selection. We select
"Yes" and the erasing process is begin. Below is a screen shot with
the process as an example.
When the procedure completes we will receive the following message:
4. Audio CD
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If we want to playback our favorite MP3 songs into our hi-fi
system, which is not compatible with MP3 format, Gear can convert this format
into another ( WAV) which is supported from most of the CD players. The basic
difference between the converted song and the MP3 one is that the WAV is
bigger than the MP3. So we can write approximately 12~18 ( depending of course
on the songs size) Wav songs into a usual 700MB media.
First we have to choose the CD-Audio option from the drop-down
menu in the main bar of GEAR,
as in the screen shot below.
As soon as we press the "Create..." button we will see the
following photo, where we must select again the CD-Audio option. Here we
can also give a name to our CD project and define the disc size.
After we have adjusted those settings we press "Create".
The next picture will be appear. Right after we should open the folder
that contains the MP3 files we want to write. That is very easy, just use
the explorer in the left
As soon as we find the MP3 files that we were looking for,
with the drag'n'drop method we put them in the space as the arrow in the
Gear automatically converts the .wav files to MP3. During
this procedure we see the screen shot below.
The last thing we should do is to press the "Write" button
for burning our disc. Otherwise we can make a virtual write by pressing the
"Test" button. The next steps are the same as in Page 02.
5. Video CD
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With this option we can make a disc with our MPEG-1 video files
which would be playable in our "stand alone" DVD player. As in the
previous projects again
we define that it is about a VCD project, by selecting the "New VideoCD" in
the drop down menu and we press "Create..."
Once again we have to adjust the disc size (default 703MB), give
a name and of course select the VideoCD image. After we press the "Create"
With the same way we described in the previous project we put
the MPEG files in the space as the arrow in the next photo. Here we have the
opportunity to watch a preview of the video files. Just select one and press
the Play button on the left.
We press the "Write" or "Test" button and
the rest of the procedure is the same as in the previous pages.
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If we had to describe all the sessions of Gear software we would
need pages and pages. The method is almost the same for other project such
as CD-ROM(ISO), DVD_ROM(ISO), add new sessions to CD etc. If you have difficulties
or questions, Gear provides you with very helpful and analytical guide of 215
pages(!), where everything is describing in simple words. Don't hesitate to
However we detect some things that we would like to be fixed.
While the writing procedure with several DVD media, there is a current writing
speed which always is 4x for DVD+R and DVD-R and 2x with their RW respectively,
no matter what speed is supported by the disc*. Of course the disc is burning
speed. Although you can adjust the CDR speed you cannot do the same with the
Another important issue is that you should increase the buffer
size for writing in case you want to run in the same time other applications,
otherwise you 'll have problem. By increasing the buffer size things will became
As we can see from the manufacturers specifications about the
program, we must say again that it is an complete program which does almost everything.
We personally recommend it. The program is available in Gear's online store
at the price of $749.00.
*Last Update 19/03/2004
According to Gear the issue about the speed while recording has
fixed. Now the speed indicator is working properly.