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Morny

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I have burnt to DVD, on the hard drive DVD recorder, some of my music and was hoping to put them on my computer to play at my leisure. However, they turned out to be VOB and BUP. There were several files to one piece of music. Please could you tell me the best way to convert these files to MP3? I searched on Google and downloaded several pieces of software to no avail. One advised to download WiDVD, wich I did but not sure if I need this? However, it still didn't convert any of the files.
I look forward to hearing from you because I would so much love to hear this music on my PC.
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Get Audacity set it to record then start your DVD. You can then use Audacity to trim and convert to Mp3, you'll have to get the LAME encoder and install it per their instructions.
 

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Hi MysticEyes, I have Audacity already but only gave it a quick try yesterday. Many thanks for your help. I am going to try this again now.
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Didn't work, I'm afraid and I think this is what I had yesterday. I don't believe it supports the file type and can only export as raw material. I did convert one file to MP3 (0 KB) but WMA said it didn't recognise the file type. Perhaps I shall have to get some other software. I believe the file type is an MPEG3 so someone should have something? Maybe someone from TechGuy knows of something? The actual file extension is VOB
 
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The way Mystic was telling you to do it was to start playing the VOB file in a media player, whichever one you use to watch DVD's. Then as it's playing use Audacity to record the audio from your soundcard, real-time recording. It will record as a wav file, but you can use Audacity to export it as Mp3.
 

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Please could you explain (to a novice) how to get Audacity to record? I have Media Player open and it plays the music but where do I go from here on Audacity, please?
 
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Well I don't have Audacity and have a different wave editor, but basically you hit the record button.

Go into Control Panel > Sound and Audio devices, on the volume tab hit 'Advanced' > Options > Properties, click on recording > OK you should a screen like the one pictured below. On mine I have 'Wave out mix' checked which will record from the soundcard. Yours might be different depending on your soundcard, but you should check something similar.
 

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I'd just that minute come away from the sound settings and hit OK and have the settings as you suggested. But the thing is ..... how does this then record the song from WMA, please?
 
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It should now record anything that's coming out of your speakers. If it's setup right when you open Audacity you should see the volume level indicators going up and down. You might have to play with the volume so that the levels are in the middle (not too high, not too low).
 
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It's been a couple years since I've used Audacity, so I might be thinking of another app. If you play the recording back and the volume is close to the original, you should be OK.
 

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As I posted the last reply, I had to admit the sound was OK but it's just that I was expecting to see the audio waves like I do when I convert other files/extensions. I did play about with the output sound as well. Thank you very much in deed for your help and above all .... patience!!
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Morny said:
As I posted the last reply, I had to admit the sound was OK but it's just that I was expecting to see the audio waves like I do when I convert other files/extensions. I did play about with the output sound as well. Thank you very much in deed for your help and above all .... patience!!
With kindest regards
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What do you mean by 'audio waves'. You should see the VU meters on the right dancing while you record and the ones on the left when playing. You'll need to play around with your settings to get it right, but it only has to be close as you can adjust things later. You can use one of the Effects to up/down the volume if needed (a couple ways to do this). Read the guide/help file it's a very versatile app.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/documentation

Here's a screenshot of audacity playing back a DVD I just recorded. It may be slightly 'hot' but I can use Audacity to set it to 'Normalize to -3 db', or if it was low, 'Amplify' (Normalize would also work) and set a level there (-3 db works well all around).
 

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Thank you MysticEyes - I understand. I do have one more question either for you or Stantley?
What I have done is record from LP to DVD hard drive recorder and then burnt it to disc, making sure I only put a small selection on each time to retain the highest quality. Then transfer it to my computer. The LP plays really well BUT when I play it on my PC, it sort of judders here and there for a fleeting second through most of the songs. I can't make it out because there isn't anything wrong when I play it on the DVD recorder. It's only once I play it on the PC.
Do you have any ideas how to overcome this problem, please?
 
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Hi Morny,
Morny said:
What I have done is record from LP to DVD hard drive recorder...Then transfer it to my computer.
Why don't you record it directly to the computer, via line-in?
 
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