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Converting formats and supporting FLAC etc.

From Version 3 TxtDeClip and SeeDeClip support numerous(all) other audio file formats!

To support a format SeeDeClip needs the following:

  1. The appropriate converter (see the web links in the table below) to actually do the work
  2. A small 'guide' file called xxx2wav or wav2xxx, in the SeeDeClip directory to access the converter.

With this addition TxtDeClip and SeeDeClip can read, write and convert freely with these formats:

Formatprimary extensionrecognised extensionsDownload converter from
FLAC.flac.flahttp://flac.sourceforge.net/download.html
OGG.ogghttp://flac.sourceforge.net/download.html
AIFF.aiff.aifhttp://flac.sourceforge.net/download.html
MP3.mp3
VOB.vob
APE.ape
WMA.wma.wv
MPC.mpc
AU.au
AAC.aac

To support a format SeeDeClip needs to know what extension is an audio file, if we have missed any, please let us know.
If the guide file is present, the audio file will show up on the save/open menus, but for a format to be successfully imported and exported the converter itself must be present and the guide file must be able to use it.

Troubleshooting

  1. Have you installed the converter? (see table above)
  2. Are the guide files present? (flac/ogg/aiff supplied by default)
  3. Do the guide files point to the correct program? (flac/ogg/aiff → C:\Program Files\FLAC\flac.exe)
  4. Are the guide file options correct? (flac/ogg/aiff supplied by default)
  5. Is the guide file executable? Check the execute permissions (Linux/Apple only)

See below on details for testing the guide files for your OS.


Detail: Adding a format in Windows

The flac converter is called 'flac.exe' and once installed is referenced from the guide files.
When installed, copy the 'guide' files into the same directory as the seedeclip and txtdeclip files.
Note: These guide files assume you have installed FLAC in the default location of C:\Program Files\FLAC, if not;- you will need to edit the files.

Contents of wav2flac:
"c:\Program Files\FLAC\flac" -f %1 -o %2

Contents of flac2wav:
"c:\Program Files\FLAC\flac" -df %1 -o %2

Test your guide file by getting some test files, opening a command window (Start Menu→Run→cmd) and typing:
wav2flac input.wav output.flac
flac2wav input.flac output.wav

and check the conversion was successful.

Guide files for Windows

These guide files are included by default (3.0-1 on) and are just here for reference.



Detail: Adding a format in Linux and Apple

The flac converter is called 'flac' and once installed is referenced from the guide files. In Linux and on the Apple it is installed in a directory that will be in your path already, so you should not need the absolute path, just calling 'flac' will find it.
When installed, copy the 'guide' files into the same directory as the seedeclip and txtdeclip files.

Contents of wav2flac:
#!/bin/sh
flac -f "$1" -o "$2"

Contents of flac2wav:
#!/bin/sh
flac -df "$1" -o "$2"

Test your guide file by getting some test files, opening Terminal and typing:
./wav2flac input.wav output.flac
./flac2wav input.flac output.wav

and check the conversion was successful.

  • Note the use of quotes - without these paths with spaces etc. will fail.
  • Do not use the " character in any audio file names or it will fail.


Guide files for Apple and Linux

These guide files are included by default (3.0-1 on) and are just here for reference.


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