You might know nothing about CDA files, but you are surely familiar with Audio CDs, right? So, a CDA file is, basically, a shortcut to one of the tracks on an audio CD and which is created during the CD burning process. This type of file can not be played on a computer, unless the audio CD is inserted into the CD/DVD-Rom device.
MP4 is a famous multimedia format that can store video and audio data, as well as subtitles, images and any other piece of information about the video data. Even though converting MP4 files to CDA might sound a bit strange, in fact, it is the process of burning a CD that turns any other audio format to CDA. So, all you need to do is just burn the audio stream of your MP4 file to an audio CD. This way, you will be able to enjoy your favorite movie soundtracks or listen to your MP4 video clips using your car's CD player or any other device that can play an audio CD.
To show you how you can do that, I will be using CDBurnerXP 4.5 (Freeware), because it is one of the most popular and free to use audio CD burners available on the Internet and it provides users with a simple and efficient way to burn MP4 files to an audio CD (among many other features).
You will need to download the following software to follow along with this tutorial.
These simple conversion steps will guide you through the entire process
Select "Audio Disc" from the first window that appears after launching the application
Navigate to your video folder and add the MP4 files to the burning list. You can do that either by clicking on the "Add" button or with a simple drag-and-drop process.
Click on "Burn" and wait for the settings window to appear
Once the burn window appears, select the desired parameters (burning speed and method as well as several other options like shutting down the PC after the task ends) and click on "Burn disc" to start the process.
a. You can erase a re-writable CD and use it to create your audio CD (click on the "Erase" button from the main interface)
b. Create multiple copies by selecting the desired number of copies (up to 99) from the main interface.
c. Randomize the tracks on the audio CD and identify songs using an online database by accessing the "Edit" menu and selecting the appropriate actions.
After the burning process is completed, your CD/DVD-Rom's tray will instantly open and your audio CD will be ready for use on whatever device you desire. As mentioned in the beginning of this guide, turning your MP4 videos into CDA tracks with CDBurnerXP 4.5 (Freeware) is a simple process and it can be completed without any problems (at least we didn't). Don't let the name of the program fool you, because this piece of software runs on all operating system (it was tested on a Windows 7 machine). If you are looking for other applications that will help you burn your MP4 files to audio CDs, then you might want to check the related programs list below.
- Easy to use
- Can create up to 99 copies
- Support for multiple formats
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