Monday 26 October 2009

Converting Media Formats

There are so many media format in common use these days that it's difficult to keep up with them, not just with when and why to use each format, but also being able to read them or convert between them.

Lately I found the need to convert a couple of different file formats that Windows isn't natively strong with. If you've ever tried to track down a codec for a slightly different format, then you'll know how annoying and confusing it can be, especially when you want to export to another format.

There is one tool I have found to be very useful in this area, and it's a great piece of freeware. The name of the application is "SUPER © Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer".

Here's a warning though - the website is not very aesthetic or user firendly, but it's worth the effort to get the free fully functioned application with codecs included. Just scroll to the bottom of the first two pages looking for the download link, and then the actual download link should be on the third page. If I post the download page link here it'll just redirect you to the first page anyway...

Just to prove that it's useful, here a vdeo I made with a an old .m4a file that I could finally convert to a more useful wav/mp3 and threw together twith some screen captures from Winamp's Milkdrop plugin. I wrote this track years ago (when I was in my "synth" phase), the original files are long gone...

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