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Turn MPEG File Into Audio File

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by tmaas, Feb 13, 2003.

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  1. tmaas

    tmaas Thread Starter

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    How do you turn an MPEG file into a sound file that is capable of being played on a CD Player? I tired burning these files onto a CD with a CDR drive and it didn't work. It will play them on the computer, probably because it has the right application for them. But when you play them in a different CD Player, it all acts as one song and has no audio. Is their anything that I can do to fix this?
    Thanks,
    Trever
     
  2. Super-D-38

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    Well I'm still new to converting, but I do know that CD players need .cda audio.

    So try a google search for a converter that makes .mpeg to > .mp3, .wav

    Most burning software can convert .mp3 and .wav to the required .cda when you chose to make an audio CD.

    caution: .wav is about 10x the size of a 128 bit .mp3
    4MB can become 40MB or more.

    If I'm way off please forgive me, but I hope this starts you in the right direction.;)
     
  3. tmaas

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    Thanks. That kind of straightens me out. I kind of thought their would be a way to format them by saving them as a different file type, but it won't let me. I'll do some more searching. My burning software is Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 and Real Player.
    Thanks,
    Trever
     
  4. tmaas

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    I figured how to change the filename. Go to start>settings>folder options>click on the view tab> and de-select "hide file extensions for known file types". Then rename the file to use a certain application. Then I tried copying the cd's onto my playlist but it said there was an error of some sort.
     
  5. Super-D-38

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    you can't just rename them you need to convert the files.
     
  6. tmaas

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    Oh. I downloaded a program for that. Ever heard of Audio Converter? I can't figure out how to run it though.
     
  7. Super-D-38

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    Havn't heard of it.
    I just download mp3's and let the burning software do the rest.
     
  8. The_Egg

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    Use CDex (freeware ripper)
    MPEG -> MPEG option

    Make sure LameEnc is set as Encoder in Options
    (which it is by default)
    but you can also adjust output bitrate & quality here first.

    You can use MPEG -> MPEG option to re-encode mp3 to another bitrate, which isn't recommended due to quality loss (lossy format to lossy format = even lossier format, even when upping the bitrate);
    or you can also use it to load an .MPEG / .MPG movie to extract the audio to .mp3

    CDex also does WAV -> MP3 / MP3 > WAV conversions
    and above all it's a top quality CD Ripper :)
     
  9. tmaas

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    Thanks. Does it automatically fomat the files? Also, is it used as a burning program or just a format program?
    Thanks,
    Trever
     
  10. tmaas

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    Ok, I just downloaded it. It doesn't recognize any of the files for some reason. I go to the folder that has the files and none of the files show up on the program.
     
  11. mad-martin

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    Programs like the latest windows media player and nero burner do it for you :)
     
  12. tmaas

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    Hi,
    I'm not familiar with that Nero Burner. I am familiar with Windows Media Player though. Are you sure that has the capability to do that?
    Thanks,
    Trever
     
  13. Super-D-38

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    Hello again, you may have solved this by now but.

    If you would like to try Nero go here: http://www.nero.com/en/index.html
    "Nero Burning Rom v 5.5.10.7b + patch"
    It's a free download and just a trial.

    I may be wrong but I think "windows media" and "real one" player use an "easy cd" engine to burn.
    I've never tried to burn with either one, so I'm not sure if they convert for you, but I would think they should.

    If you have found a solution please post it so others can read it.
     
  14. The_Egg

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    Yeah, sorry about the confusion with CDex
    The newer 1.50 beta versions no longer include the MPEG -> MPEG option
    This was a feature in the older versions, and I'm pretty certain it's still in the v1.40 official release, which is still available.
    Basically, you could open any .mp* file and convert it to mp3 audio.

    The only problem you might come across is if the format/properties of the audio section of the mpeg is not in CD Quality Format.

    CD Quality Format is:
    44.1 KHz sample rate | 16 bits per sample | stereo

    Most, if not all, burning software will reject the file unless it's in this format, which was probably the error message you were getting.

    The Lame Encoder in CDex is defaulted to output in 44.1KHz, stereo.



    You can also use Winamp 2.81 to achieve this goal.
    Just add MPEG and/or MPG to the extension list in the MPEG Audio Decoder (in_mp3.dll) config c/o Prefs -> Plugins -> Input . . .
    This will make Winamp recognize the format and treat it as audio.

    Then select DiskWriter as Output plugin.
    Checkmark "convert to" in DiskWriter config
    (default settings are CD Quality, as above)
    and Winamp will record a CD Quality WAV file when you play the MPEG.
    You can also configure DiskWriter Output to create CD Quality MP3's, as long as you've got an MP3 codec installed.
    Or you can download an MP3 Output plugin, such as Peter Pawlowski's out_enc.dll (which comes complete with the Lame Encoder).

    I'm pretty certain there'll be plenty of other software out there.
    But the key is to make sure the outputted audio is in CD Quality format.



    EDIT

    Re: below

    No, the original mpeg file is left untouched.
    CDex 1.40 or Winamp 2.81 will output a new MP3 (or WAV) file
    and the original MPEG video will still be in the exact same place as it was before.

    Or hey, you can choose to ignore me instead :p ;)
     
  15. tmaas

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    I'm downloading Nero right now. On 11%. I'll see what happens then we'll go from there.
    Thanks for all the help,
    Trever
     
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