Re: Trying To Convert File To MP3


JM Casey
 

Hey Tom.
Well, it's a playlist. So if it can find the files the text points to -- it will play them. If not..then not.

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Kaufman
Sent: June 5, 2020 12:44 AM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

But it can (if I understand right) play music; is this not correct? I did get it solved! Thanks!
Tom Kaufman

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From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2020 7:22 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Sounds like you got it solved. Just a bit of clarification of my own though; an m3u file is nothing more than a text file that contains a playlist.



-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Kaufman
Sent: June 4, 2020 1:56 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Hello list: Just to try and clarify things a little, one of the files is an Mp4 (not M4P) this Zoom client (when you use it to record meetings and such) apparently gives you three copies of a given recording: an MP4, an M4A and an M3U file. So I am trying to create a situation (and I'm going to try Barry's suggestion in a little while to see if what he recommends will work for me) just wanted to jump in and clarify what I am working with. Just to reiterate: the files do seem to convert; problem is that the converted files won't ply; not in Winamp or any other player I have tried, including Windows Media or VLC!
Tom Kaufman

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From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of DAVID
Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2020 2:13 AM
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Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Hey barry I tried that but it did not work for me.
Maybe it doh work with m4p files.


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of Barry Chapman
Sent: Thursday, 4 June 2020 1:26 AM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Hi Tom,

To get to the Winamp disk writer plugin:

1. Launch Winamp and open the file you wish to convert.
2. Press v to stop it playing.
3. Press ctrl+p for Winamp preferences.
4. Up or down arrow to plugins. If it is closed, press right arrow to open it.
5. Down arrow to output.
6. Press tab twice. You will probably be on Nullsoft DirectSound Output.
7. Down arrow to Nullsoft Disk Writer and press enter.
8. Press x and the file will be converted to wav rather than playing. By default, the converted file will be in your music folder under users and your name with a number such as 01 at the start. This can be changed in the plugin configuration.
9. Follow the steps above again to set the output plugin back to Nullsoft DirectSound Output. Otherwise, files will continue to be copied rather than played.

If you need any more detail, please let me know.

Regards,
Barry Chapman

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of Tom Kaufman
Sent: Thursday, 4 June 2020 1:24 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Barry: I did try converting the original M4A (which does play in Winamp) to WAV just now; no soap! It won't play! But tell me about this Winamp Disk Writer output and how I either "get to it" or install it or whatever I need to do? As I said in an earlier reply, I don't claim to know a whole lot about this kind of stuff; am trying to do a favor for a friend and am having no luck! If it's as simple as using this Winamp Disk Writer to convert it to WAV; then converting that Wav file to an MP3, then I should be able to do what I want to do, which is to take the part of the file that my friend doesn't need away. First, I need to know more about this Winamp Disk Writer Output plugin!

Thanks,
Tom Kaufman

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of Barry Chapman
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 10:30 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Hi Tom,

If the original plays in Winamp, have you tried converting it to Wav using the Winamp Disk Writer output plugin. That works for me. You can then convert the wav to mp3 with Switch.

Regards,
Barry Chapman

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of Tom Kaufman
Sent: Thursday, 4 June 2020 11:19 AM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Georgina: I wasn't trying to criticize you (or anyone) am just simply stating what I have done so far! As for Error messages from Winamp, none; only thing is, Winamp isn't playing the converted version of the file. Admittedly, I am not as well-versed about these things as many who are on this list. However, to me, it seemed like converting the file in qu4estion to MP3; then using MP3 Direct Cut (a program that I have had good luck with for a long time now) seemed to be the way to go. But that's why I put this query here in hopes someone could point me in the right direction! I will check the bit rate of the convert file; for now, I have seen that the original file (non-converted) is 53KPBS. So next, I will look at the converted file and see what that says! Again...I'm not being critical of your assessments and apologize if I came off that way! Am sure that you (along with others on this list) have a much better understanding of these things than I do!
Tom Kaufman

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 6:43 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Hello Tom,

I was only trying to bring your attention to what it is you are doing and attempting to do. I don’t know these utilities that are obviously been created to simplify the process. You appear to be looking for a quick no fuss utility.

I cannot guess why your workflow didn’t work on this occasion. The only way you would establish why the file became corrupted. Or maybe it didn’t maybe there is something that has been done to the file that Winamp doesn’t like. Have you tried another player? Have you looked at the file-size to see how it differs from the original. There are so many things with what you are doing to the files that could cause Winamp to refuse to play it. What do Winamp error messages say.

Have you considered getting a copy of something like audacity and learning that? It will be a lot easier with such a program than taking the easy way of using these little utilities that mangle your files. But if they work for you sometimes and you are happy with that then fine. But you will have to investigate why it didn’t work this time. I don’t think anyone here could guess what has happened. Unless they understand how these utilities work and have been using these utilities for some time to know their little quirks. Have you wrote to the program suppliers for support?
Good luck,

On 3 Jun 2020, at 23:09, Tom Kaufman <tomcat53@...> wrote:

To Tony and Georgina: I forgot to mention that Zoom does create more than one file; one of the files is named Audio_Only; if I'm not mistaken, this particular file is the M4A and will play in Winamp! But if again, if I convert to MP3, then Winamp absolutely will not play it in its converted form!
Tom Kaufman

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of
Tony
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 5:53 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

I have used Audio Converter Plus for M4a files. It will alsw convert M4B files if you rename them to M4A.

I also use Free M4A to MP3 Converter. It can split M4B books into chapter files.

Both can reduce the bit rate if the files are too large as long as you don't go too far and lose sound quality.

Tony

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of
Tom Kaufman
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 3:50 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Okay...I tried converting to WAV; same result: file won't play! One of the files in this group is "audio_only; this file in its original form is an M4A file. I need to make an MP3 file so I can then run it through MP3 Direct cut and take the unwanted stuff out! Can this not be done? I know that MP3 files definitely can be cut as I've done it often enough! So what is it I'm doing wrong here?
Thanks,
Tom Kaufman

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of
Georgina Joyce
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 4:28 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Trying To Convert File To MP3

Hello,

You are working with 2 lossy formats. You should convert to wav or another lossless format make your cuts etc then convert to mp3. Because you might not know it but this is what switch would have been doing in the background. I am guessing that something wasn’t carried across to the mp3 file. This will cut down on the number of downward conversions. Which is important because each conversion further detail is lost, hence their name lossy formats.

HTH

Gena
On 3 Jun 2020, at 21:14, Tom Kaufman <tomcat53@...> wrote:

Hello list: Am attempting to convert an MP4 file to MP3; here's what
is
happening: I am using the program Switch to convert this MP4 file to
an MP3 file, so I then can running it through MP3 Direct Cut to trim
some parts off! However, while I have managed to convert to MP3,
then I find I have no file.at least, the file isn't playing in
Winamp; nor will it play in MP3 Direct Cut! What is it I am missing?
An doing this for a friend who needs this, so am hoping I can get a solution to this one!

Thanks,

Tom Kaufman



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