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{{foobar Component Infobox
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| name                = Converter
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| module_name          = foo_converter
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| developer            = Peter Pawlowski
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| repository          =
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| released            =
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| released_ref        =
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| stable_release      = 1.5.4
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| stable_release_date  = 2019-09-04
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| preview_release      =
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| preview_release_date =
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| foobar2000_minimum  = 1.1
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| foobar2000_ui_module =
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| use                  = Audio file conversion
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| license              =
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}}
 
{{panel|This page contains information specific to the new Converter included with foobar2000 versions 1.1 and newer. For older versions of foobar2000, see [[foobar2000:Preferences:Converter|Preferences:Converter]].|color=yellow}}
 
{{panel|This page contains information specific to the new Converter included with foobar2000 versions 1.1 and newer. For older versions of foobar2000, see [[foobar2000:Preferences:Converter|Preferences:Converter]].|color=yellow}}
[[Image:foobar2000_11_Converter_Setup.png|thumb|Overview page.]]
 
 
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, and allows you to convert your audio files to other file formats.
  
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==Usage==
 
==Usage==
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[[Image:foobar2000_11_Converter_Setup.png|thumb|Overview page.]]
 
* Right-click the relevant file(s) in a playlist to bring up the context menu.
 
* 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.
 
* Select "Convert" and then "..." to load the Converter Setup window.
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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.
 
'''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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===Usage tips===
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You can navigate between the overview page and the most recently viewed subpage using browse forward/back buttons on your mouse.
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You can also navigate through all the subpages with Ctrl+Tab / Shift+Ctrl+Tab.
  
 
==Supported file formats==
 
==Supported file formats==
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[[File:foobar2000 converter setup - choose output file format.png|thumb|Choose output file format window.]]
 
===Input file formats===
 
===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.
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====Native====
 
====Native====
 
The following output formats are available "out of the box":
 
The following output formats are available "out of the box":
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* [[AIFF]]
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* [[AU|AU/SND]]
 
* [[WAV]]
 
* [[WAV]]
 
* [[Wave64]]
 
* [[Wave64]]
* [[AIFF]]
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* [[AU|AU/SND]]
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====Additional====
 
====Additional====
* [[AAC|AAC/MP4]] - using [[Nero AAC]] encoder - command-line encoder executable (neroAacEnc.exe) required
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* [[AAC]]
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** [[Apple AAC]] - command-line encoder executable (qaac.exe) and [[iTunes]] required
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** [[Nero AAC]] - command-line encoder executable (neroAacEnc.exe) required
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** [[Fraunhofer FDK AAC]] - compiled FDK AAC library required
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** Winamp [[FhG AAC]] - command-line encoder executable (fhgaacenc.exe) and [[Winamp]] required
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* [[Apple Lossless]] - command-line encoder executable ([[refalac|refalac.exe]]) required
 
* [[FLAC]] - command-line encoder executable (flac.exe) required
 
* [[FLAC]] - command-line encoder executable (flac.exe) required
 
* [[MP3]] - using [[LAME]] - command-line encoder executable (lame.exe) required
 
* [[MP3]] - using [[LAME]] - command-line encoder executable (lame.exe) required
 
* [[Musepack]] - command-line encoder executable (mpcenc.exe) required
 
* [[Musepack]] - command-line encoder executable (mpcenc.exe) required
* [[Ogg Vorbis]] - command-line encoder executable (OggEnc.exe) required
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* [[Ogg Vorbis]] - command-line encoder executable ([[oggenc|oggenc.exe]]) required
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* [[Opus]] - command-line encoder executable (opusenc.exe) required
 
* [[WavPack]] - command-line encoder executable (wavpack.exe) required
 
* [[WavPack]] - command-line encoder executable (wavpack.exe) required
  
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====Audio CDs====
 
====Audio CDs====
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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If the [[foobar2000:Components/Audio CD Writer (foo_burninate)|Audio CD Writer (foo_burninate)]] component is installed, a "Write Audio CD..." option is available.
  
 
==Converter Setup dialog==
 
==Converter Setup dialog==
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===Destination===
 
===Destination===
 
[[File:foobar2000 converter setup destination.png|thumb|Destination subpage.]]
 
[[File:foobar2000 converter setup destination.png|thumb|Destination subpage.]]
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[[File:Foobar2000 converter setup file name pattern selector.png|thumb|File Name Pattern Selector]]
  
 
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.
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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.
 
: 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
 
; 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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: 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 {{code|/}} (forward slash) or {{code|\}} (backward slash) to generate subfolders inside the chosen root folder.
 
:; Convert each track to an individual file
 
:; 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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:: Like the name of the option suggests the converter will generate one output file for each selected tracks. Selecting {{button|...}} on the right side of the window will open the File Name Pattern Selector.
 
:; Generate multi-track 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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:: 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
 
:; 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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:: 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===
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; DSP
 
; DSP
 
: Apply the effects of any available [[DSP]]s to the converted content. Again, this will permanently apply the change to the output file.
 
: 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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: Use the {{button|+}} buttons under "Available DSPs" to add them under "Active DSPs". Once added, configurable DSPs will show a {{button|…}} button.
 
; DSP chain presets
 
; DSP chain presets
 
: Load any saved DSP presets.
 
: Load any saved DSP presets.
  
===Usage tips===
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===Other===
You can navigate between the overview page and the most recently viewed subpage using browse forward/back buttons on your mouse.
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[[File:foobar2000 converter setup other.png|thumb|Other subpage.]]
 
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; ReplayGain-scan output files as albums
You can also navigate through all the subpages with Ctrl+Tab / Shift+Ctrl+Tab.
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: Scans all converted files and updates ReplayGain data. If permanent changes have been made to the output files' volume from using the ReplayGain settings under the [[#Processing|Processing]] options, new RG values will be generated.
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; Transfer metadata (tags)
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: Copies all [[tag]]s to the converted files. Where a "multi-track file" is generated, the resulting cue sheet will contain all cue sheet-compatible metadata.
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; Transfer ReplayGain info
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: Copies the existing RG tags to the converted files.
  
 
==Advanced preferences==
 
==Advanced preferences==
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; Additional command-line encoder paths
 
; 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.
 
: 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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; Transcoding warnings
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: Alert the user before [[transcoding]] files.
 
; Write UTF-8 cue sheets
 
; Write UTF-8 cue sheets
 
: Create cue sheets with UTF-8 text encoding, rather than ANSI.
 
: Create cue sheets with UTF-8 text encoding, rather than ANSI.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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* [[Foobar2000:Free Encoder Pack|Free Encoder Pack]]
 
* [[Foobar2000:Ripping CDs|Ripping CDs with foobar2000]]
 
* [[Foobar2000:Ripping CDs|Ripping CDs with foobar2000]]
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Hope this helps newer users:
 
 
In order for a user to get to the Converter Setup dialog:
 
 
Put a song or songs in your Foobar2000 Playlist pane. Drag and drop from a folder you have of songs.
 
Highlight a song or songs in the Playlist and right click with
 
your mouse pointer over them.
 
Select: Convert.
 
Now either choose Quick Convert (This assumes that you have already
 
setup the conversion options to your liking)
 
or select: ...
 
This opens the Converter Setup dialog.
 
Here you may choose the Output format of the conversion.
 
For instance; FLAC or MP3.
 
If you see no conversion options; go to the foobar2000 site and
 
download the Free Encoder Pack. Close foobar2000 if it is already open and install this program and you will then have conversion options.
 
 
Also choose your destination folder for the converted output files.
 
Example: User-- My Music-- Foobar2000 Conversions
 
Create the Foobar2000 Conversions folder yourself.
 
This will make it easy to find your converted music files.
 
 
Once all of your conversions are completed and renamed and regrouped
 
if required, if making a music mix, move them to your music library folder or perhaps to My Music-- Artist-- Album.
 
If you just wanted songs converted to .mp3's for your portable music
 
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.
 
 
The Converter Setup dialog cannot be found in File-- Preferences menu.-->
 
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Latest revision as of 14:27, 1 December 2019

Converter

foo_converter
Developer(s) Peter Pawlowski
Repository
Release information
Initial release
Stable release 1.5.4 (September 4, 2019)
Preview release
foobar2000 compatibility
Minimum version 1.1
Maximum version {{{foobar2000_maximum}}}
UI module(s) N/A
Additional information
Use Audio file conversion
License
Discussion thread N/A

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[edit]

Overview page.
  • 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.

Usage tips[edit]

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.

Supported file formats[edit]

Choose output file format window.

Input file formats[edit]

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

Output file formats[edit]

Native[edit]

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

Additional[edit]

  • AAC
    • Apple AAC - command-line encoder executable (qaac.exe) and iTunes required
    • Nero AAC - command-line encoder executable (neroAacEnc.exe) required
    • Fraunhofer FDK AAC - compiled FDK AAC library required
    • Winamp FhG AAC - command-line encoder executable (fhgaacenc.exe) and Winamp required
  • Apple Lossless - command-line encoder executable (refalac.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
  • Opus - command-line encoder executable (opusenc.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[edit]

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

Converter Setup dialog[edit]

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[edit]

Destination subpage.
File Name Pattern Selector

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. Selecting ... on the right side of the window will open the File Name Pattern Selector.
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[edit]

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.
Use the + buttons under "Available DSPs" to add them under "Active DSPs". Once added, configurable DSPs will show a button.
DSP chain presets
Load any saved DSP presets.

Other[edit]

Other subpage.
ReplayGain-scan output files as albums
Scans all converted files and updates ReplayGain data. If permanent changes have been made to the output files' volume from using the ReplayGain settings under the Processing options, new RG values will be generated.
Transfer metadata (tags)
Copies all tags to the converted files. Where a "multi-track file" is generated, the resulting cue sheet will contain all cue sheet-compatible metadata.
Transfer ReplayGain info
Copies the existing RG tags to the converted files.

Advanced preferences[edit]

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.
Transcoding warnings
Alert the user before transcoding files.
Write UTF-8 cue sheets
Create cue sheets with UTF-8 text encoding, rather than ANSI.

See also[edit]