Converting Audio File-Types Using Sony
[While there are many programs than can convert audio file types, such
as those that are
specifically intended for audio use (Cool Edit, Audacity, Tunebite, etc.), and also
that are primarily intended for video editing, Sony Vegas offers more options than
other programs do for audio file conversions.]
To convert audio file types using Sony Vegas --
A) Open Sony Vegas.
B) Go to "File" (the far left selection in the top bar of Vegas - the one that also has
"View", "Insert", "Tools", etc. [some Vegas versions may call this
C) Click on "File", and from the drop-down menu, select "Import", then "Media".
D) Navigate in the window that opens to where the files you want
E) Click on one of the files in the selection window (with "All
Media Files" selected
for the "Files Of Type" line if you can't find it otherwise in the correct location on the
computer). Click on "Open" while the file selection is highlighted. It will then appear in
the Vegas "Project Media" window. If that is not open above the Vegas window selection
tabs ("Transitions", "Project Media", "Video FX", "Media Generators"), click on
"Project Media" tab.
F) In the "Project Media" window, click on the file with the left mouse button, and (with
the button held down), drag the file onto an empty timeline audio track and
then let go of
the mouse button. The file will open in that track. It is best not to place the new audio
over or under any other audio in the timeline (although those other tracks can be
instead, if desired). It does not matter if other audio in the project has different
characteristics from the new one (such as MP3 vs. WAV).
G) Note that a blue line appears above the file, giving its time length. In the area just above
the timeline footage scale (hours: minutes: seconds; frames) and below the blue line, click
near the left end above the audio file when a "<-->" icon appears instead of the mouse
pointer, and, while holding the mouse button down, slide the mouse to the other end of the
audio file to make a "grey bar" over it to mark the "Loop Region" for the file rendering.
H) Go again to "File" (or "Project" in some program
versions) and select "Render As".
In the box that opens, under "Save In" at the top, name the file location where you want it;
under "File Name", choose a name (it can be the same as the original, since the file type
will be different); and under "Save as Type", select the type of file you want. Click on
"Custom" to make sure it properly describes what you want, such as "PCM, 44,100, 16,
and stereo" for WAV for CD, and hit "Cancel" or "OK" if it is correct, or select other
values if not (the WAV audio sample rate should be 48,000 for video, for instance).
"Custom" MP3 box permits a wide selection of choices, and I recommend "128Kbps,
44,100Hz" as a good general compromise between quality and file
size. Also choose for
MP3s "Quality", and "Stereo" (which deselects other options
automatically). If you want
to save a custom settings combination, you can do that by naming it under "Template"
and clicking on the "Floppy Disk" icon in the "Custom" window to save it.
I) Make sure to put a check mark in the "Render Loop Region
Only" box, then click on
"Save" and the file will be rendered and it will appear where you specified.
J) Repeat with the other files you want to convert, and you then have files you are
to write to a CD (if 44,100 KHz 16-bit stereo) using a program that can write audio
(not just data CDs...) such as Windows Media Player or iTunes, send in emails (if compact
highly-compressed MP3s), etc.
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