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  • Converting between mp3, flac, m4a, aac, ogg, wav & wma with Winamp 5.x

    How to convert (transcode) to and from mp3, flac, m4a, aac, ogg, wav & wma file formats with Winamp 5.x


    1. Select the files you want to convert in either the Playlist or Media Library

    2. Right-click one of the selected files, and select/click: Send To -> Format Converter

    3. Set up the Format Converter settings to taste

    4. Click OK

    e.g. If you want to convert some .flac files to .mp3,
    you'd load the source .flac files into the Winamp playlist,
    or find them in the Media Library -> Local Media section,
    then select them (e.g. by using either the Ctrl+click or Shift+click method),
    then right-click one of the selected files and choose:
    Send To -> Format Converter
    Choose 'MP3 Encoder' in the Encoder drop-down menu
    Set the bitrate and other options to taste
    Click OK



    -The MP3 Encoder is only available in Winamp Pro
    -(i.e. it is locked in the free version)

    -You cannot use Winamp to convert DRM-protected WMA or M4P formats

    -Conversion of video formats is not supported
    -(i.e. it only works for the audio formats specified in the list in the topic title above)

    -The Format Converter settings are also accessible via:
    -Winamp -> Prefs (Ctrl+P) -> Plugins -> Media Library -> ml_transcode.dll -> config

    -The Ogg Vorbis Encoder was too big (1.1mb) to include with the default Winamp package, but is available separately as part of the Essentials Pack. Look towards the bottom of the first post in the "Winamp 5.x Released" sticky thread at the top of the "Winamp Discussion" forum for further info & the download link (you can uncheck all other features in the EP installer if you so wish, and only install the Vorbis Encoder).
    i.e. You will need to install the separate Vorbis Encoder if you want to convert any of .mp3, .flac, .wma, .m4a, .aac or .wav to .ogg

    -This will only all work properly as long as the following conditions exist:

    1. You are using the latest version of Winamp 5

    2. The "Format Converter" was checkmarked under the "Winamp Library" section of the
    Installer Options

    3. All of the Encoders were checkmarked under the "Multimedia Engine" section of the
    Installer Options

    4. The FLAC, MP4, OGG, WMA & WAV Decoder/Playback support items were checkmarked under the "Multimedia Engine" section of the Installer Options

    5. You haven't installed any extra 3rd-party replacement Input Plugins (decoders) such as: FLAC Reference Decoder, AudioCoding MP4 Decoder, Thomson MP3Pro Decoder, in_mad, in_mpg123, etc (ie. all of the default Nullsoft decoders need to be present).

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    Transcoding instructions for Portable Players/Devices/Drives

    To do the same when transferring/syncing with portable players...

    Go to: Winamp -> Prefs -> Portables -> (Your Device) -> Transcoding tab

    Checkmark "Enable Transcoding of incompatible tracks"

    In the "Format" drop-down, select the Encoder of your choice,
    then set it to "Highly Preferred" (via the drop-down menu to the right).

    You can set all other Encoders to "Do not use", to disable them.

    To re-encode compatible formats (e.g. if the files you are transferring are large, but you're limited for free space on the device), then click the "Advanced Settings" button, and checkmark "Force transcoding of compatible tracks if the bitrate is over x kbps".

    If you set the value to e.g. 180, then all compatible files with a (average or constant) bitrate of more than 180 will also be transcoded.

    Again, note that the MP3 Encoder is only available in Winamp Pro.

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