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10 July 2006 @ 01:14 am
Like Using A Grenade to Hit A Fly  
Tonight I've been working on converting an analogue audio cassette tape I've got of a Supernatural podcast into an MP3 file. I know there has got to be a quick and easy way to plug the walkman into my computer and just capture it, but somehow the process has eluded me.

-I've looked over Sound Recorder , which comes free with most PC computers, and that only records 60 seconds worth of sound ...(which is next to useless in my exasperated opinion).

--I've poked at Windows Movie Maker, which will allow me to connect from the walkman into the microphone port on the computer and record the audio off. However...everything comes out as a WMA format and I want an MP3 format. (Growl).

---Now I do have a Pinnacle capture card that does talk very nicely to my Adobe Premier, but I can't seem to get it to record audio from my walkman and it only saves WAV
file types.


The only way I can figure out to do capture my audiocassette sound into an MP3 format is...

1. To capture the audio into Windows Movie Maker, save it as a WMA.

2. Then open the WMA sound file in Adobe Premier. Put it in the timeline and export it as a WAV file.

3. Then open the new WAV file in Music Match Jukebox and convert it from a WAV to an MP3.


Now as far as I can tell, there's no real degradation of sound happening. However...

(poke poke at new little MP3 file)

...I greatly suspect that there's a much easier way to do this entire process. I wonder if I should just download some sort of free WMA to MP3 converter?

If anyone has any suggestions of a good one go ahead and speak up.

Then again maybe I should just be recording the podcast straight into the computer in the first place, huh? But into which program?

(frowning in consternation)
Current Music: wav.livejournal.com
redpimpernelredpimpernel on August 31st, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
If this is still an issue
You really need a podcast catcher. (Not sure if that's the technical name, but it's close.) The easiest one to use is iTunes, you can subscribe to 1000's of podcasts right from the iTunes Music Store. Very simple and easy to use. You can choose which file format iTunes saves files as including WAV, MP3, AIFF & AAC. You can also convert between formats.
myfieldnotes: Sam & Dean up to no goodmyfieldnotes on August 31st, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: If this is still an issue
So I could load a podcast that way? I know I can download from itunes (ah, the beauty that is downloading--happy sigh). But it will let me convert and load as well? Didn't know that. Will have to investigate further. Thanks!