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    Batch convert media file fomats.

    I'm looking for a utility that can convert WAV files for Ogg Vorbis format from a command-line or batch process ?

    In the process of ripping all of my CDs onto my mediaPC hard drive, I accidentally ripped a bunch of them to WAV files instead of my format of choice, .OGG.

    I'm finding it tedious to go find and convert all of these, and the software that I'm using (CDex, dbpoweramp) doesn't seem to have what I need. I really need something that I can point at a directory structure and let it run all night.

    I've been doign some looking around the http://www.vorbis.com/ website, but I don't seem to be finding joy.

    Any ideas apreciated. Doesn't really have to be freeware.

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    Re: Batch convert media file fomats.

    I can't vouch for these, and it's not apparent which facilitate batch conversions. Might be worth a look though:

    dBpowerAMP Music Converter
    CDex

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    Re: Batch convert media file fomats.

    Actually, I can vouch for coth of these programs, as I'm using them both currently. I used CDex to rip my CDs to the hard drive, and it's great for that. It will automatically sense CDs in the drive, look them up in the CDDB database for song titles, rip them to the format of your choice and the directory structure of your choice, in as little as the press of one button.

    I'm using dbPowerAmp to do my conversions of mis-ripped CDs to Ogg now. They thoughtfully installed a "convert" choice in the context menu, so all I have to do is select the files in explorer and accept my default choices, and let it go.

    I think that both programs require you to find and install plug ins for the more exotic media formats, but they are free like the porgrams themselves. I can recomend both.

    Unfortunately, neither are really set up for bulk conversions of lots of files already separated into different folders.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Batch convert media file fomats.

    What about dbPowerAmp 's feature - File Selector
    "Aptly named program to simplify selection of whole folders (and sub folders) of audio files, one click selects all " ?

    Does either program support a commandline mode with argument(s)? If so, a batch file or Windows Scripting solution might present itself.

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    Re: Batch convert media file fomats.

    Hmm. I might have missed that feature. Thanks, I'll take a look at it tonight.

    I also found a command-line utility here

    http://www.rarewares.org/ogg.html


    But, I would have to script the whole "search through the directory tree" process. Which of course, probably wouldn't be a waste of my time anyway.

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    Re: Batch convert media file fomats.

    I must have totally missed your references to CDex, dbpoweramp in your OP (unless you since edited it <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>).

    If you're wanting to get a (text file) list of all .wav files in certain folders, then a little utility like Agent Ransack will do the job easily. You can then script something to loop through each filename (line) in the text file, passing it to your commandline conversion program... if you find it that is. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Batch convert media file fomats.

    No, I guess I did mention that I was using them in the original post, but I didn't remember that I did.

    Thanks for showing me the Ransack program. This is great, and very fast. As a design firm, we have lots and lots of files, some of them very large. I've been looking for a good, fast searching tool for a while.

    Got to go dust off my copy of "Mastering Regular Expressions"

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    Re: Batch convert media file fomats.

    Actually, you were right about dBpoweramp. I did find their mulit-folder music selector. They call it something completetly different from the Start menu than from the docs.

    There is some confusion in me over what of 3 or 4 options in 2 separate dialogs that you need to have checked and unchecked to get it to convert all the files, while leaving them in their orignal directories. But I think it will work out in the end.

    Thanks

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