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Old April 28th, 2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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will ClipBrowser allow me to export audio-only file?

Hi there,
I'm on a shoot, not in my office, so I can't export to MXF and import into Avid as I'll do when I get home.
But I'd like to be able to export an interview, through ClipBrowser, to send to someone who can transcribe it.
I only need audio.
I'm not surprised that ClipBrowser doesn't have an audio-only option in Export, but when I export the interview as a small H.264 file (which, if I could do this, I could then extract the audio from with Episode or something), it doesn't seem to include any audio.
When I go into 'Details', it seems the audio codec is greyed out. Does this mean I can't export to my desktop as a smallish video file, that I can then extract the audio from? (I'm on a MacBook Pro, by the way).
It's not the end of the world, because I'll be back in my office tomorrow night, but it annoys me that I can't do this.
thanks for any advice,
Malcolm
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Old April 28th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #2
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Re: will ClipBrowser allow me to export audio-only file?

Did you buy the Main Concept Conversion Pack license for the H.264 output transcoding, or are you running the transcoder in demo mode?
I had thought that in demo mode you get audio for the first 30 seconds of a take, then silence. (Picture has a watermark)
The audio codec in 'details' would probably be grayed out but visible - meaning 'this is the audio codec and you can't change it within H264.'
I normally make an MXF of the takes I want to transcribe, open them in SoundForge, and do a 'save as' to an MP3 format. The process is very quick...
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Old April 28th, 2011, 10:07 PM   #3
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Re: will ClipBrowser allow me to export audio-only file?

Dave, thanks so much for this information. Yes, I was running the Main Concept software 'as is', not caring about a watermark. I didn't realize the audio was crippled.
I will check out the cost of getting a license for Main Concept; I will also check out Soundforge to see if this would be cheaper/easier. Export directly to mp3 isn't something I need to do very often, so I won't want to invest too much.
Again, I appreciate your solving this mystery for me.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 10:21 PM   #4
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Re: will ClipBrowser allow me to export audio-only file?

Hmmm. Main Concepts Conversion Pack would cost $170 (and that's the cheaper of the two Conversion Packs, which doesn't even mention audio), and Soundforge seems to be a Windows-only app.
Does anyone know if there are any other (cheaper) options out there?
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Old April 28th, 2011, 11:08 PM   #5
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Re: will ClipBrowser allow me to export audio-only file?

Malcolm, I just tried exporting DV Raw from ClipBrowser on my MacPro and there are no watermarks or crippled audio after 30 seconds. My clip was just short of 3 minutes and it was all there. From that point you can use VLC or your NLE to export the audio only into whatever format you choose. I used VLC to export MP4 audio only and then went to the PeeCee Windows 7, it played fine in Quicktime as well as Windows Media Player. Good Luck.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #6
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Re: will ClipBrowser allow me to export audio-only file?

Barry, you're absolutely right! I had ignored that setting, because it seemed to be 4x3, but I just tried it, and it works very nicely indeed (it's squeezed to 16x9), and has the audio.
Thanks so much!
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