I am on Windows 10 1809, Audacity version 2.2.2

I need to convert a wav file to a wma format. The first time I tried I received the message that I needed to install the Lame/FFmpeg library. I followed the instructions for doing so precisely, but every time I try to export to wma, I get the “Locate FFmpeg” dialog box with the message “Audacity needs the file avformat-55.dll to import and export via FFmpeg.”

I have tried running “Lame_v3.99.3_for_Windows.exe” as administrator. Lame is listed in Control Panel/Programs and Features.

I searched this forum and Google, but none of the solutions work.

Am I doing something wrong?

Lame is for exporting MP3.

FFMpeg is a different program.

File > Export > Export Audio > Custom FFMpeg exports. Is your format in those lists?


I have FFmpeg installed and after clicking Export Audio there is a dialog box where you can enter the file name and select Save As Type. Near the bottom of the list I see WMA (Version 2) Files (FFmpeg). After selecting that, another drop-down box pops-up that allows me to select the bitrate.

If you haven’t already installed FFmpeg the instructions are [u]here[/u]. You run ffmpeg-win-2.2.2.exe once to install it. Then Audacity should find it automatically, giving you the ability to import & export many-many audio formats.

Similarly, you run Lame_v3.99.3_for_Windows.exe once to install it and then Audacity can make MP3s.