Working on a theatrical sound editing project and have ripped some audio from video files on YouTube. I have done this without problems for years and now am unable to import MP4a without first converting the file to .WAV or MP3 (otherwise MP4a file plays back as just a 3-second screech). Do I really need to convert every file to MP3 or .WAV??? I’ve already scrubbed my original audacity program and re-downloaded it. The libraries are all connected and everything should be working…but it’s not.
FFMpeg software is required to open up advanced filetypes. If you upgraded to the latest Audacity—2.3.2—it takes a different FFMpeg.
Scroll down for FFMpeg and other plugins.
Thank you so much for your response! I have downloaded the 64 bit FFmpeg and still cannot import the files. I’ve tried restarting the program.
So it looks like FFmpeg is correctly installed.
Upload one of the problem files to this page: https://mediaarea.net/MediaInfoOnline
What does that page say about the file?
These are ripped using https://ytcutter.com from YouTube.
Try changing the name of the file to “test.m4a” (without quotes) and see if that makes any difference.
Still garbled. I’m wondering why it’s a .mp3? It has mp4a in the file name but not after the .
So you’re saying that Audacity does import the file, but it sounds like garbage?
Do any other applications play the file correctly?
How big is the file?