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Old 07-19-2006, 12:39 PM   #1
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program for transcoding from flac

I'm trying to find a program to transcode all of my flac files into something like ogg or mp3 (I prefer ogg but mp3 is fine too). I tried searching but couldn't find anything...

thanks in advance

I know about oggenc, but I'd prefer something with a gui...

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Old 07-19-2006, 01:06 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by jnev
I'm trying to find a program to transcode all of my flac files into something like ogg or mp3 (I prefer ogg but mp3 is fine too). I tried searching but couldn't find anything...

thanks in advance

I know about oggenc, but I'd prefer something with a gui...
Use xmms making sure that you have the xmms-flac and xmms-oggre plugins installed then you use the oggre for the output plugin, xmms plays the song outputting to a .ogg. You will want to use something like easytag to get the tags right in the ogg files I usually renamed the files with the information I want in the file name before conversion then use the scan/fill tags feature to put the tags back into the .ogg.
Old 07-19-2006, 07:28 PM   #3
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You might try XMFFMPEG
Old 07-19-2006, 07:59 PM   #4
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If you can convert to waveform, Audacity ( is an excellent choice. You just need something that converts from FLAC to WAV, like XMMS as mentioned above. Make sure to have libflac, libogg, and libvorbis
Old 08-04-2006, 09:06 PM   #5
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I use Audacity to directly convert batches of flac files to mp3s, and it will do the same for ogg files as well. All you have to do is
1) Set the mp3 bit rate or ogg quality you want under Edit/Preferences/File formats.
2) Import the FLAC files using Project/Import Audio (you can use control or shift to click on multiple files within one directory).
3) Export the files using File/Export Multiple and set the export format to MP3 or ogg (your choice) from the default WAV and tell it where you want to put the new files.

This is the best way I know to do this. Funny enough, I found this thread because I was searching to see if there isn't a still better way.

Note: I had a beta version (1.3) of Audacity that had a batch conversion capability which did the same thing but you could set everything up and then it batched the encoding and decoding. This is nice because you don't have to be there to do the next step. As it stands you have to wait for all FLAC files to import before you can fire off the export. If you have version 1.3 the feature is called "Batch / CleanSpeech", but it works great for conversion to MP3 if you change the settings slightly.

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Old 08-05-2006, 03:21 AM   #6
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Jnev: I, like yourself am a gui lover. I know that you specifically asked for a gui way to do this, but I just can't believe that there would be a more efficient or easier way to convert flac to ogg than simply typing "oggenc -q6 *.flac" in the directory of the flac files. If you do that, it quickly converts ALL of the flac files in that directory to ogg, copies all of the metadata and keeps the file names. Of course you can change the q6 to q3 or whatever (q6 is roughly equivalent to 192kbps.) I use a semi-gui approach myself. I go to the directory in krusader (or any file manager that allows you to execute shell commands), and simply type the above command in the command line.

If you MUST have a gui, amarok has several scripts that can do this quickly and easily, transcode for example. (I still contend that there is no EASIER or faster way than the simple one liner above.)


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