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How to convert teleconference recordings into downloadable mp3 and ipod files

Discussion in 'Talking technology' started by Ric Willmot, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Ric Willmot

    Ric Willmot Member

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    Each month I do a teleconference which lasts 60 minutes.
    The teleconference is recorded and we create CDs which people can buy from our on-line website.
    How can we convert these files into the right format with all the smoke and mirrors wizardry to allow people to buy the downloads instead of waiting for the CD in the post?
    Very low-tech explanatory advice would be great, please.
    I am a 44 year-old luddite; and even though I am now a Mac user and an iPhone owner, retain my Filofax as the #1 tool for managing my life!

    I also would like to do a monthly 5-minute video on my blog and website as well; any help there would be appreciated.

    Rgds,
    Ric
  2. Adam Randall

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    Hi Ric

    First have you seen the new mac ibook coming out, amazing features!

    secondly, if you are using a Mac to do this, my knowledge is a bit weak but if you do a search on google for an "mac mp3 converter" you will likely find a program that will do what you want.

    I am guessing you are trying to convert a wav file to an mp3, is this correct?

    Try this program, its Mac and Windows compatible. I would get the paid version ($35 US) but thats just me.

    http://www.nch.com.au/switch/
  3. Ric Willmot

    Ric Willmot Member

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    You're a funny guy, Adam.
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    Hi Ric,

    Adam has most certainly pointed you in the right direction re where to find audio file converter software.

    I use the free version of Switch Audio File Converter(http://www.nch.com.au/switch/) when I need to convert an audio file to a different format so that I can transcribe it. It is fairly easy to navigate. To date I haven't had a problem with converting an audio to the format that I require.
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    He he, it cuts down on entertainment expenses thats for sure...

    I made my wife sit through the video (who is an avid Mac fan)
    At the end she said "I dont get it, thats going to take heaps longer to do things on" I shook my head and walked off in defeat.
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    Have to say the 'Macbook Wheel Laptop' would absolutely drive me nuts, simplifies things but takes 10 times longer to do anything (or more?). Go the computer nerd...
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    Rick

    Firstly let me apologise if I get too technical, it is unfortunately unavoidable, but I assure you that I am not one of those geeks that so delight in the detailed explanation that leaves you more confused. I am more a technically born again mature gentleman.

    How are you recording the teleconferences and how do they get to a CD? Are they recorded on a tape or direct to a computer?? Somewhere in that conversion it would be possible to make another conversion to MP3 that can be used for downloading from your website. The way the sale mechanism is done I will leave to the web site designers. Now, a word about MP3, there are different quality levels depending on the compression settings used in the conversion. It also affects the size of the file. To get the best balance you really need someone who knows what they are doing.

    Video on internet, once you have a video it needs to be converted to a format suitable for internet delivery, rather like the MP3 discussion above it needs to be a small file but not too small to be poor quality. Again you really need someone who knows how it works. There are 4 basic options for file types and within those is a myriad of options for compression and quality settings. A web site designer will probably not be able to help you here, you need a specialist in internet video etc..

    To get the video in the first place is not that difficult, if you follow some basic guidelines. Ideally though you will need someone to shoot the video who has some sort of understanding of fundamental videoing techniques. Such as, don't try to video a speaker with a window behind on a bright day.

    This is one of my areas of expertise and if you have a look at my website (my apologys to all the website designers here, it IS being vastly improved but it has been taking a long time to get there) you will see that as well as copy and restoration of media I also do "production" which covers a vast area of this sort of work. If you would like to contact me direct I am happy to talk though the options. Likewise, if any of you web designers are struggling with media delivery like this I am happy to talk about the options.

    I am sorry if this seems like a dig at you Rick, it isn't meant to be, but this is one of those areas when it pays to use a knowledgeable person to get a decent result as effectively and efficiently as possible.
  8. Ric Willmot

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    Thank you, Paul.
    I'll be in touch next week.
    I appreciate your input.

    Adam, you are at the top of my list!
    The mental imagery of you and your wife is so vivid, as to be surreal.
    Thanks for the laughs.
    :)

    Rgds,
    Ric
  9. Clint.Davis

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    The other good thing about nch software is they have their WavePad Sound Editor, that's what I recommend to my customers.

    Our teleconference service @ http://teleconference.greymouse.com.au delivers our recorded teleconference's in MP3 format (to reduce download time and data cost)

    Our customers have asked us what's the best way to edit their audio, so we have researched tools that are provided to edit audio and have found that nch software to be the easiest to install and use. (not very technical up front)

    There is a free version, and after it expires you cant use the advanced features, but it still allows you to use the free components. (witch are the main ones)

    Its easy to edit audio and save again in MP3 format, wav or allowing you to burn directly to CD
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  10. Ric Willmot

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    Okay ... so can we come back to my original question?
    I obviously confused the issue by adding my comment about the video.

    Simply it's this:

    I already have the recordings; some are ".wav", some are ".wma", and some are ".mp3".

    I am now 100% Mac, and so I'm not able to take advantage of PC solutions.

    How do I take these recordings and convert them to a format for easy download from our website?

    Thank you.
    Rgds,
    Ric

    PS I do appreciate the other feedback regarding new video and new audio recordings. It's been very helpful.

    By the way, I use (much to my chagrin because I hate them with a passion) Telstra for the teleconference facility. For $90 we get the facility and the recording. People pay their own call costs. This doesn't seem to be a problem as I have regular callers tune in each month from New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Dubai and USA.
  11. Ric Willmot

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    Clint,
    I might also add, and don't get upset, this is for you to accept or not, either way I don't care ... but your comparison chart is either inaccurate or out of date.

    Just as an example, we put in the figures to your excel spreadsheet of how we run our teleconferences. And, no matter how much I hate Telstra, your comparison that they would charge more than $1,300 is just rubbish. They charge us $90. And your fee of $231 is out of the ball park.

    For the $90 we have anywhere between 50 and 100 people tuned in, get the recording and it can be downloaded as well.

    Sorry old chap.
    Rgds,
    Ric
  12. Clint.Davis

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    Thanks for the info, I have double checked through telstra's on-line website (They also have a downloadable document.) and it is correct.

    The prices they advertise are:
    Digital Record - $50
    Domestic Toll-Free - $0.605
    International Tollfree - $2.530
    Metered Access - $0.385

    Total cost for 100 particpants: $1,155 + $50 for the recording.
    What normally happens is services get discounted the higher the frequency of conferences and number participants etc.

    So your on a good plan.

    Now... to answer your actual question:
    both .wav and .mp3 are standard formats, and will play on most devices.

    .wav might be a large file size, and that would need to be converted

    http://philippe.laval.free.fr/DropMP3/US/documentation.php
    Drop MP3 - Based on LAME encoder supporting batch MP3 encoding. (open source)
    (I don't have a mac so i cant test how this product works)

    .wma is also a standard format for windows media player.
    any windows os will be able to play this format, and any mac with windows media player installed will also be able to play this format.
    - to get this on an ipod you might be able to import it through itunes and convert it.

    the software above 'might' be able to convert wma files... give it a try. (dose not say on their website.)


    Clint.
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  13. Ric Willmot

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    Thanks for that Clint.
    We've worked out (thanks to Ola) how to do it VERY simply on my MacBook Pro.
    But I appreciate your response.

    Just to clarify (I didn't explain myself very well at all), the people who call in to the teleconference do so at their own cost, not ours, as I don't charge for the teleconference. It's a free service.

    $90 with Telstra includes 100 callers, recording and download.

    Thanks,
    Ric
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    In case any other Mac user wants to do the same, here's what I sent Ric in a PM:
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    As a note for many of us as professional and personal service providers; this PM I received from Ola reduced my stress in an instant!

    His simple Luddite-friendly language allowed me to slightly understand what was required and put me at ease that maybe I can do it, if I read properly his direction.

    For any 13 year old, they would be shaking their head saying Ric is a "Loser". (I think that is the vernacular by tech-savvy teens and pre-teens for old dorks like me who still reminisce about the wonders of the HP programmable calculator.)

    But there are many of "me" around who become disinterested in customer service people who expect the client to know as much as they do. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. And, I have no understanding of how the manifold system in my 1965 Mustang works, much less the electronics-system of my 2001 Aston Martin DB7.

    But I do have other talents and knowledge.

    I am frequently quoted by clients, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication".

    When your client's eyes glaze over; pause and consider if maybe you need to adapt the language you are speaking. People like me hold in the highest regard smart people who can speak to their audience.

    A lesson for us all. Thanks Ola. Tavaton has a new advocate.

    Rgds,
    Ric
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2009
  16. Adam Randall

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    I wonder if its similar to my 2004 Barina:)

    Was driving down the road yesterday and past a black Lamborghini Galardo, I knew it was a Galardo because thats what the number plate said. Off topic I know but what a car....
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    What's the old saying '.... of all, master of none'. You are right to ask for some guidance Ric in simple terms and I think that Ola has provided this to you.

    I have the same problem with technical speak about computer hardware, html, electronics, or other gadgets at times. My husband is absolute tops. I'll get really frustrated about one of these items and he'll stop me in my tracks and explain it to me in layman's terms, or if he knows its really beyond me fix it for me. All the anxiety and stress goes out of my finger tips in an instant. I suspect this is what Ola has done for you Ric.

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