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Re: Plug-in to speed workflow?

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:38 pm

Sumtingwong wrote: I was thinking that the files were going to be much bigger, around 40-100k, so expectations exceeded! Honestly, with the files the size they are now, they are quite reasonable given bandwidth and ubiquitous storage available. Not trying to sound lazy, but want the best audio possible and will give up some file size for the quality.

In that case, keep the sample rate at 44.1 kHz, convert the tracks to mono and keep the MP3 settings at 128 kbps - that should give you excellent sound quality with a mono file (roughly equivalent to 250 kbps for a stereo file).
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Re: Plug-in to speed workflow?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Sumtingwong » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:50 pm

Steve, when I convert the track to mono using "Tracks -> Stereo Track to Mono", it gives me no file size savings and no choice under the .mp3 export options to save as a mono file. I also tried splitting the track from stereo to mono from the "Audio Track" dropdown and exporting as well as splitting the track into left and right tracks deleting one of them and then exporting, again with very little difference in the file size. I am assuming that the files will be half the size with one one channel, is that correct? Am I doing something wrong here or am I making a bad assumption?
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Re: Plug-in to speed workflow?

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:22 pm

Sumtingwong wrote:when I convert the track to mono using "Tracks -> Stereo Track to Mono", it gives me no file size savings and no choice under the .mp3 export options to save as a mono file.

Correct.
When you export a project that is all mono, the exported file is automatically mono.
When exporting as 128 kbps MP3, the resulting file size will be the same, whether you export as mono or stereo, because there will be 128 kb of data for every 1 second of audio. The difference is that if you export a stereo track as 128 kbps MP3, those 128 k bits of data are shared between the left and right audio channels. If you export a mono track as 128 kbps MP3, all 128 k bits of data are used for that one (mono) channel, producing higher sound quality.

128 kbps mono will produce excellent results with very little loss of sound quality.

To make the file smaller, use a lower MP3 setting. 64 kbps will produce sound quality on a mono file that is almost as good as 128 kbps for a stereo file, but only half the size (because there are now only 64 kb of data for each second of audio rather than 128).

For speech, 64 kbps mono is likely to be more than adequate, 128 kbps mono will be near perfect.
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Re: Plug-in to speed workflow?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Sumtingwong » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:22 am

Ok, got it. I assumed that when I converted the track to mono or got rid of either the left or right channel that I was getting rid of half of the data. Good to know!

Don't know if you could answer a question about the Sound Finder plug-in, but when tabbing through the labeled items/sounds/(don't know the correct term here) on the track, focus is on the label with the cursor at the end of the label. Is there a way to modify the script so that the label is highlighted so that I could just sart typing rather than have to delete the old label?
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Re: Plug-in to speed workflow?

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:59 pm

Sumtingwong wrote:Is there a way to modify the script so that the label is highlighted so that I could just sart typing rather than have to delete the old label?

Currently Sound Finder just adds a number to the label text - to delete that number when the cursor is at the end, use the backspace key, then start typing.
I'm currently working on a new version of Sound Finder that adds a bit more flexibility to the label text. If you keep an eye on this topic viewtopic.php?f=39&t=62867 I'll be posting my proposed updated version soon.
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Re: Plug-in to speed workflow?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Sumtingwong » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:53 pm

Awesome and thanks! Will keep an eye out.
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