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[[Image:foobar2000_11_Converter_Setup.png|thumb|Overview page.]]
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The '''Converter''' component is included with foobar2000 installers, and allows you to convert your audio files to other file formats.
  
The Converter component is included with foobar2000 installers. It allows you to convert your audio files to other file formats.
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Note that this component is required for [[foobar2000:Ripping CDs|ripping CDs with foobar2000]].
  
Note that the Converter component is required for [[foobar2000:Ripping CDs|ripping CDs with foobar2000]].
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==Usage==
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* Right-click the relevant file(s) in a playlist to bring up the context menu.
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* Select "Convert" and then "..." to load the Converter Setup window.
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* Make the relevant changes on each subpage, selecting "Back" on each page once done to return to the overview page.
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* If required, click the {{button|Save <<}} button to save the current settings as a preset.
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* Click {{button|Convert}}.
  
= Supported file formats=
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Once a preset has been created, it can be accessed directly from the "Convert" menu.
==Source file formats==
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'''Note:''' The Converter can only be accessed via context menu (right-clicking a file in a playlist), and not via the main File menu.
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==Supported file formats==
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===Input file formats===
 
The converter supports any formats playable by your foobar2000 configuration, natively or through optional input components.
 
The converter supports any formats playable by your foobar2000 configuration, natively or through optional input components.
  
==Output file formats==
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===Output file formats===
* [[WAV]] - natively
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====Native====
* [[Wave64]] - natively
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The following output formats are available "out of the box":
* [[AIFF]] - natively
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* [[WAV]]
* [[AU|AU/SND]] - natively
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* [[Wave64]]
* [[FLAC]] - command-line encoder executable (FLAC.exe) required
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* [[AIFF]]
* [[MP3]] - using [[LAME]] - command-line encoder executable (LAME.exe) required
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* [[AU|AU/SND]]
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====Additional====
 
* [[AAC|AAC/MP4]] - using [[Nero AAC]] encoder - command-line encoder executable (neroAacEnc.exe) required
 
* [[AAC|AAC/MP4]] - using [[Nero AAC]] encoder - command-line encoder executable (neroAacEnc.exe) required
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* [[FLAC]] - command-line encoder executable (flac.exe) required
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* [[MP3]] - using [[LAME]] - command-line encoder executable (lame.exe) required
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* [[Musepack]] - command-line encoder executable (mpcenc.exe) required
 
* [[Ogg Vorbis]] - command-line encoder executable (OggEnc.exe) required
 
* [[Ogg Vorbis]] - command-line encoder executable (OggEnc.exe) required
 
* [[WavPack]] - command-line encoder executable (wavpack.exe) required
 
* [[WavPack]] - command-line encoder executable (wavpack.exe) required
* [[Musepack]] - command-line encoder executable (mpcenc.exe) required
 
  
[[Image:Foobar2000-Preferences-Advanced-Tools-Converter.png|thumb|Advanced preferences.]]
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More output file formats can be added using [[Foobar2000:Preferences:converter:custom presets|"custom" encoder mode]] with other command-line encoders. Archives containing converter executables can be found at http://rarewares.org (Rarewares).
More output file formats can be added using [[Foobar2000:Preferences:converter:custom presets|"custom" encoder mode]] with other command-line encoders. Archives containing converter executables can be found at http://rarewares.org (Rarewares). Paths to converter executables can be added using <code>Preferences|Advanced|Tools|Converter|Additional command-line encoder paths</code>, pictured.
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= Converter Setup dialog =
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Paths to converter executables can be added using the [[#Advanced preferences|Advanced preferences]].
  
[[Image:Foobar2000_11_Converter_Setup.png|thumb]]
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====Audio CDs====
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If the [[foobar2000:Components/Audio CD Writer (foo_burninate)|Audio CD Writer (foo_burninate)]] component is installed, a "Write Audio CD..." option will be available.
  
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==Converter Setup dialog==
 
The Converter Setup dialog consists of:
 
The Converter Setup dialog consists of:
 
* An overview page summarizing current settings and allowing you to easily manage presets.
 
* An overview page summarizing current settings and allowing you to easily manage presets.
 
* Subpages that deal with specific aspects of conversion:
 
* Subpages that deal with specific aspects of conversion:
** Output file format selection
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** Output format selection
 
** Conversion destination - target folder, file splitting and file name formatting
 
** Conversion destination - target folder, file splitting and file name formatting
 
** Processing - ReplayGain, DSP, and processing offered by optional components for things like DTS, [[HDCD]], and [[pre-emphasis]]
 
** Processing - ReplayGain, DSP, and processing offered by optional components for things like DTS, [[HDCD]], and [[pre-emphasis]]
 
** Other - optional preview generation, actions to perform after the conversion.
 
** Other - optional preview generation, actions to perform after the conversion.
  
== Destination subpage ==
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===Destination===
 
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[[File:foobar2000 converter setup destination.png|thumb|Destination subpage.]]
[[Image:Foobar2000_128_Converter_Setup_Destination.png|thumb]]
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The Destination subpage defines how and where the converter generates the output files.
 
The Destination subpage defines how and where the converter generates the output files.
  
* Output path: This section defines the root folder where output files are generated.
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; Output path
* If the file already exists: This section defines how the converter handles file name conflicts with existing files. It can either overwrite the existing file or skip the file. If "Ask" is selected the converter will display a dialog window each time a file name conflict occurs during conversion. If "Skip" or "Overwrite" is selected it will always skip or overwrite files.
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: This section defines the root folder where output files are generated.
* Output style and file name formatting: This section defines whether each track is converted to a separate file or multiple tracks are put into one file. The name format for both the single-track and the multi-track options allows the use of / (forward slash) or \ (backward slash) to generate subfolders inside the chosen root folder.
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; If the file already exists
** Convert each track to an individual file: Like the name of the option suggests the converter will generate one output file for each selected tracks.
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: This section defines how the converter handles file name conflicts with existing files. It can either overwrite the existing file or skip the file. If "Ask" is selected the converter will display a dialog window each time a file name conflict occurs during conversion. If "Skip" or "Overwrite" is selected it will always skip or overwrite files.
** Generate multi-track files: All tracks with the same formatted name will be put into the same file. If the output format has native support for multiple tracks in one file (e.g. Ogg and MP4 containers), the converter will use this. Otherwise the converter will generate an accompanying cue sheet file (.cue) for each multi-track file.
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; Output style and file name formatting
** Merge all tracks into one output file: A single file is generated for all selected tracks. The converter will display a dialog window to choose the destination file name when conversion is started. The generated file contains a single track. No cue sheet file is generated.
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: This section defines whether each track is converted to a separate file or multiple tracks are put into one file. The name format for both the single-track and the multi-track options allows the use of / (forward slash) or \ (backward slash) to generate subfolders inside the chosen root folder.
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:; Convert each track to an individual file
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:: Like the name of the option suggests the converter will generate one output file for each selected tracks.
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:; Generate multi-track files
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:: All tracks with the same formatted name will be put into the same file. If the output format has native support for multiple tracks in one file (e.g. Ogg and MP4 containers), the converter will use this. Otherwise the converter will generate an accompanying cue sheet file (.cue) for each multi-track file.
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:; Merge all tracks into one output file
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:: A single file is generated for all selected tracks. The converter will display a dialog window to choose the destination file name when conversion is started. The generated file contains a single track. No [[cue sheet]] file is generated.
  
== Usage tips ==
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===Processing===
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[[File:foobar2000 converter setup processing.png|thumb|Processing subpage.]]
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; ReplayGain
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: Select the relevant [[ReplayGain]] settings to apply to the converted content. This will permanently apply the change to the output file.
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; DSP
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: Apply the effects of any available [[DSP]]s to the converted content. Again, this will permanently apply the change to the output file.
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; DSP chain presets
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: Load any saved DSP presets.
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===Usage tips===
 
You can navigate between the overview page and the most recently viewed subpage using browse forward/back buttons on your mouse.
 
You can navigate between the overview page and the most recently viewed subpage using browse forward/back buttons on your mouse.
  
 
You can also navigate through all the subpages with Ctrl+Tab / Shift+Ctrl+Tab.
 
You can also navigate through all the subpages with Ctrl+Tab / Shift+Ctrl+Tab.
  
= See also =
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==Advanced preferences==
[[Foobar2000:Ripping CDs|Ripping CDs with foobar2000]]
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[[Image:Foobar2000-Preferences-Advanced-Tools-Converter.png|thumb|Advanced preferences.]]
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; Additional command-line encoder paths
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: Enter the folder/file paths to any separate encoders you wish to use. In the example image on the right, a folder called "encoders" in foobar2000's installation directory is being used.
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; Write UTF-8 cue sheets
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: Create cue sheets with UTF-8 text encoding, rather than ANSI.
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==See also==
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* [[Foobar2000:Ripping CDs|Ripping CDs with foobar2000]]
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player or USB flash drive, plug in the usb cable for it to your computer and open the music player folder. Drag and drop the .mp3's into it. Either keep the original converted .mp3's or delete them.
 
player or USB flash drive, plug in the usb cable for it to your computer and open the music player folder. Drag and drop the .mp3's into it. Either keep the original converted .mp3's or delete them.
  
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Revision as of 19:05, 8 November 2019

Overview page.

The Converter component is included with foobar2000 installers, and allows you to convert your audio files to other file formats.

Note that this component is required for ripping CDs with foobar2000.

Usage

  • Right-click the relevant file(s) in a playlist to bring up the context menu.
  • Select "Convert" and then "..." to load the Converter Setup window.
  • Make the relevant changes on each subpage, selecting "Back" on each page once done to return to the overview page.
  • If required, click the Save << button to save the current settings as a preset.
  • Click Convert.

Once a preset has been created, it can be accessed directly from the "Convert" menu.

Note: The Converter can only be accessed via context menu (right-clicking a file in a playlist), and not via the main File menu.

Supported file formats

Input file formats

The converter supports any formats playable by your foobar2000 configuration, natively or through optional input components.

Output file formats

Native

The following output formats are available "out of the box":

Additional

  • AAC/MP4 - using Nero AAC encoder - command-line encoder executable (neroAacEnc.exe) required
  • FLAC - command-line encoder executable (flac.exe) required
  • MP3 - using LAME - command-line encoder executable (lame.exe) required
  • Musepack - command-line encoder executable (mpcenc.exe) required
  • Ogg Vorbis - command-line encoder executable (OggEnc.exe) required
  • WavPack - command-line encoder executable (wavpack.exe) required

More output file formats can be added using "custom" encoder mode with other command-line encoders. Archives containing converter executables can be found at http://rarewares.org (Rarewares).

Paths to converter executables can be added using the Advanced preferences.

Audio CDs

If the Audio CD Writer (foo_burninate) component is installed, a "Write Audio CD..." option will be available.

Converter Setup dialog

The Converter Setup dialog consists of:

  • An overview page summarizing current settings and allowing you to easily manage presets.
  • Subpages that deal with specific aspects of conversion:
    • Output format selection
    • Conversion destination - target folder, file splitting and file name formatting
    • Processing - ReplayGain, DSP, and processing offered by optional components for things like DTS, HDCD, and pre-emphasis
    • Other - optional preview generation, actions to perform after the conversion.

Destination

Destination subpage.

The Destination subpage defines how and where the converter generates the output files.

Output path
This section defines the root folder where output files are generated.
If the file already exists
This section defines how the converter handles file name conflicts with existing files. It can either overwrite the existing file or skip the file. If "Ask" is selected the converter will display a dialog window each time a file name conflict occurs during conversion. If "Skip" or "Overwrite" is selected it will always skip or overwrite files.
Output style and file name formatting
This section defines whether each track is converted to a separate file or multiple tracks are put into one file. The name format for both the single-track and the multi-track options allows the use of / (forward slash) or \ (backward slash) to generate subfolders inside the chosen root folder.
Convert each track to an individual file
Like the name of the option suggests the converter will generate one output file for each selected tracks.
Generate multi-track files
All tracks with the same formatted name will be put into the same file. If the output format has native support for multiple tracks in one file (e.g. Ogg and MP4 containers), the converter will use this. Otherwise the converter will generate an accompanying cue sheet file (.cue) for each multi-track file.
Merge all tracks into one output file
A single file is generated for all selected tracks. The converter will display a dialog window to choose the destination file name when conversion is started. The generated file contains a single track. No cue sheet file is generated.

Processing

Processing subpage.
ReplayGain
Select the relevant ReplayGain settings to apply to the converted content. This will permanently apply the change to the output file.
DSP
Apply the effects of any available DSPs to the converted content. Again, this will permanently apply the change to the output file.
DSP chain presets
Load any saved DSP presets.

Usage tips

You can navigate between the overview page and the most recently viewed subpage using browse forward/back buttons on your mouse.

You can also navigate through all the subpages with Ctrl+Tab / Shift+Ctrl+Tab.

Advanced preferences

Advanced preferences.
Additional command-line encoder paths
Enter the folder/file paths to any separate encoders you wish to use. In the example image on the right, a folder called "encoders" in foobar2000's installation directory is being used.
Write UTF-8 cue sheets
Create cue sheets with UTF-8 text encoding, rather than ANSI.

See also