How to Convert Wma to Mp3

MP3 is the world’s most popular audio file format and has support on multiple platforms ranging from portable players, to theatre systems, to car audio players that support the format; WMA is an audio format developed by Microsoft which is very competitive with MP3 and has additional features such as file security to ensure that your music collection is not copied by someone else and distributed. The MP3 format was developed by the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) to compliment their video standards; the MP3 format is a lossy audio format meaning that some quality is lost during conversion however the loss of quality is usually not noticeable to the human ear.

WMA is short for Windows Media Audio and is the format that has succeeded the older Windows default audio format, WAV; WMA has both a lossless and lossy variant which means that files copied to the WMA format can maintain their original quality or the quality and file size can be reduced. Even though WMA is very widely used and is the default format for ripping audio in Windows Media Player MP3 is still the largest contender in the audio industry; the most likely reason for converting from WMA to MP3 is to have your music easily playable in another device, and possibly because that device does not support the WMA format. Regardless of the reasons – whether for playback, editing, or whatever the case may be, the process is not very difficult and all you need is the right tools.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• Conversion software
• Internet connection

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Locate the desired WMA files on your PC or laptop that you would like to convert.
2. Create a new folder on your desktop or in another easily accessible place and copy the desired files to this new location.
3. Go online and download or purchase a conversion application; popular choices include Format Factory, Media Coder, NCH Switch and dBPoweramp.
4. Install the program of your choice after the download has completed and then start the program.
5. Set the conversion option of the program to the format you desire where applicable.
6. Drag the WMA files from your newly created folder into the program; if the program supports it you can drag the folder and it will automatically add all the files.
7. Once all files are added hit the button to perform the conversion operation; once completed your files will be converted.
8. Open the output folder from within the program or find it manually and use the MP3 files in whichever way you desire.

DO’s AND DONT’s

Do not delete your original WMA files unless this was your original intention.
Delete the folder you created once you’ve confirmed that the files are properly converted.
In order to preserve audio quality, don’t use a bitrate lower than 96kbps; to keep the file from being larger than necessary, don’t set the bitrate above 320kbps, even if you exceed this, there will be no noticeable difference in the quality.

How to Convert Windows Media To MP3

The Windows Media file WMA is automatically produced once audio files are ripped using Windows Media Player. While this format is useful for most computer based players especially those created by Microsoft it may not be the best option for external devices that are not compatible with this format. MP3 is a more popular format that is widely used in most or all players. Its popularity is due in part to its smaller file sizes and comparatively good audio quality. Converting Windows Media player files to MP3s is preferable especially if the files will be played in other standalone devices. To perform the conversion you can use any of the available programs online. The conversion is straightforward and simple and will not require much time. For this example Clone2Go Free Audio Converter will be used to outline the process.

Required Tools

Working Computer
Microsoft O/S
Clone2Go Free Audio Converter.

Required Materials

WMA files

Instructions

1. Go to the website and download Clone2Go Free Audio Converter. Install it on your computer following the set-up instructions given. Always download the latest version to access new features and upgrades. The most current edition of the program will also be the most stable and therefore better to use.
2. Launch the program. The User interface should appear instantly.
3. Load your WMA files by going to the Add Media Files option. From there you may browse your system files to locate the WMA file(s) that need to be converted. You may also access these files by going to the File menu option and choosing Add Media Files from the drop down menu. If you prefer a quicker method drag and drop the files from the left section of the interface that displays the file path.
4. Set your output format. Go to Output Format and select MP3 from the list of options. It will appear as MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (.mp3) . You will not need to change any other settings as the defaults will produce a high quality MP3. However you may adjust the bitrate if you would like to increase the audio quality slightly. However in doing this the MP3 file will be noticeably larger.
5. Once you are satisfied with all the files that have been loaded select the Start Encode option to begin converting your WMA to MP3. The time taken will largely depend on the number of files, their individual sizes and the processing power of your CPU.
6. Playback your file to ensure the sound quality is to your liking.

Tips and Warnings

• If the WMA file has DRM protection you will first need to get a program that can remove this. The software will not be able to convert DRM protected files. Please note that removing this protective code is considered copyright infringement.
• Do not turn off your computer during the encoding process as this may result in errors or incomplete conversion.
• If you are using an especially slow computer, resist using other programs while the converter is encoding the WMA files.

How to Convert Windows Media to Mp3

Converting video files to MP4 is quite simple once an appropriate converter is used. MP4 is a popular format that allows good video quality at relatively smaller sizes. Because of this MP4s are now widely used in several different types of digital devices including the iPod, iPad, iTouch, PSP, Nintendo Wii and many others. A useful converter will give you the option to convert between several different formats including MP4. There is an abundance of specialized programs available online. For this demonstration Movavi Video converter will be used to illustrate the process.

Required Tools

Working Computer
Microsoft Windows O/S
Movavi Video Converter

Required Materials

Video file

Instructions

1. Go to the website and download Movavi Video converter. Use the set-up wizard that comes with the program to install it on the computer.
2. Once installed launch the software. The user interface will be displayed. Select the videos that you would like to use by going to File. You may choose multiple videos if you would like to convert more than one video. Your files should now appear in the user interface.
3. Select the Preset option to automatically convert the video to MP4. This will automatically use the default settings to convert your video files. This means you do not have to worry about manipulating the settings yourself. The default will produce MP4s of acceptable quality.
4. In the Advance tab select the output format for the conversion. Select MPEG 4 from the drop down menu.
5. Choose the new directory for your MP4 file. You may choose any folder in your hard drive to store your newly created MP4. Choose a folder that you will be able to find easily after conversion. Preferably a folder that stores all your other video files. You also have the option to “Overwrite the existing file” (meaning you will not need to choose an output folder). “Output folder same as input” and “Open output folder when done” are also other options you may choose depending on your preferences. Choosing “Open output folder when” done is a good way to locate and play your MP4 quickly once complete.
6. To start the conversion click on the convert button to begin. The time taken will vary depending on the number of files you have chosen, the speed of your processor and the length of the video file.

Tips and Warnings

• Test your MP4 files when converted. This ensures that they have been converted properly and are of the right quality. It is always best to use an external device to play your files to guarantee that they are indeed compatible with your standalone player(s).
• Do not shut down the computer while the video is being converted this will cause unexpected errors.

How to Convert Vcd to Mp3

The term VCD is short for Video Compact Disc and refers to a CD that contains both video or pictures and audio; the compression standard used on VCDs is MPEG and as such VCDs can be played in all computers with a DVD or CD ROM drive and in almost any DVD player.
MP3 is an audio layer associated with MPEG-1 and MPEG-2; MP3 is currently the most popular audio format worldwide even though it uses lossy data compression. MP3 was designed to provide sound quality close to that of the original audio file while being smaller in size.
Converting a VCD to MP3 doesn’t really make sense since a VCD has both audio and video and MP3 is audio only; however you may come upon a situation where such a conversion is necessary so here are the steps you would take to convert VCDs to MP3s.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• VCD disc
• Ripping software
• VirtualDubMod
• Audacity

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In order to convert from VCD to MP3 you will first need to convert the VCD to AVI.
2. Go online and search for various solutions for converting VCD to AVI.
3. Once found test options available to determine if a free or paid solution will work for your needs.
4. Download and install the program you selected.
5. Run the program.
6. From within the program open a source video and set the VCD as the source.
7. In the output options set the video to AVI with any video codec and any audio codec if MP3 is not in the list.
8. Hit the appropriate button to begin the conversion process and wait till it is completed.
9. Download and install VirtualDubMod or extract the ZIP version of the file. Run the program and either drag and drop the created AVI file into the program or open it from the file menu.
10. Click on STREAMS and then STREAM LIST.
11. If the audio was converted to MP3 then click the MP3 stream and then hit the button marked DEMUX. You will be prompted for the name and location of the new MP3 file to be extracted.
12. If the audio was converted to something aside from MP3 then click on the SAVE WAV button and specify the location and name of the new file.
13. Download and install Audacity or run the executable from within the ZIP version.
14. Drag and drop the WAV file that was created into Audacity.
15. Click on FILE and then EXPORT AS MP3. You will be prompted to for the save location and optionally to change the name. Set these parameters and save.
16. Your MP3 is now ready for whichever use you choose and can be edited again in Audacity if you desire to extract a specific section.

DO’S AND DON’TS

Don’t rush to purchase a program before trying free alternatives.
Try to find a program that will allow exporting the AVI with MP3 sound to minimize the steps needed.

How to Convert Pdf to Text

PDF is short for Portable Document Format which is a file format developed by Adobe; PDF files are available online for download as electronic copies of printed material. The PDF standard was originally proprietary, meaning that it was only available exclusively through products from Adobe but as of 2008 the standard has been made open allowing other companies to be able to create PDF files using different software as long as the output conforms to the original standards set by Adobe. Since the standard has been made open the popularity of PDF files has increased and companies like Foxit have emerged; Foxit has created their own PDF solutions with alternative readers and creation software that boast improved speed versus the original Adobe software which is called Acrobat Reader.

Most solutions available for creating PDF files from any application that supports printing are paid solutions such as Foxit and Adobe but there are free PDF creation solutions available, and jus the same there are also paid and free solutions for converting from PDF to text; so why convert from PDF to text? There may be information in a PDF that needs to be revised or changed before being distributed or re-distributed and the owner may not have the original text used to create the PDF available. For this among other reasons conversion from PDF to text may be necessary.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or Laptop
• PDF document
• Word processing software
• Internet Connection

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Locate and open the PDF that you wish to convert to text.
2. Create a folder to be used as an output for your converted file.
3. If you do not already have your conversion software installed go online and download then install the software.
4. Run your conversion software then drag and drop the desired PDF into the application. If drag and drop is not supported use the interface to open and load the PDF file.
5. Select the conversion output option from the listing available or set the output option after instructing the program that you would like to save the PDF as an alternate file type.
6. Specify the location of the text output file ensuring it is a location that you can easily find or use the path specified previously.
7. Once completed you may open your text file for editing.

DO’s AND DON’Ts

Do not attempt to convert a PDF to text if the PDF has no selectable text in it; some PDF files are created without the option of selecting text and are unable to be converted to text without a lot of difficulty.
Do not attempt to convert a PDF that is protected unless you have the password; there may be workarounds available for protected documents but doing so may violate copyright laws.
There are free and paid solutions available for PDF conversion, and paid solutions may offer a free unrestricted or restricted trial period; check the available products and then decide on whether you would like to purchase a product or use a free solution.

How to Convert Mp4 to Mp3

The MP4 format is useful for the storage of audio and video data. The advantage of this file format is that it allows the content to be stored in a more compact format. This means that an MP4 will use less space than a conventional MPEG 2 file. Because of this, it has become a popular format that is often used on computer based players. Outside of this, MP4 loses its benefits because it is not compatible with many standalone devices. Most CD players and DVD players will not play MP4 files. Even newer DVD players that claim MP4 playing capabilities often cannot play actual MP4s. A solution to this problem is to convert your MP4 files to MP3. MP3 is a popular file format that can be played in most standalone players. It produces good quality sound and does not use much more space than a standard MP4 audio file. To convert an MP4 file to an MP3 file will necessitate a Converter program. There are several to choose from and most will be adequate to meet your needs. For this illustration Leawo Free AVI Converter will be used. It is free and can be downloaded from the website and used immediately.

Required Tools

Working Computer
Microsoft Windows O/S

Required Materials

Leawo Free AVI Converter

Instructions

The process is very simple and requires very little time. Leawo Free AVI Converter is set up in such a way that performing a conversion does not require additional tampering with complex settings. The built in defaults are enough to produce a quality MP3 file.

1. Go to the website and download Leawo Free AVI Converter. Once downloaded open the set-up file and follow the instructions for installation. The program will not take up much space and will be installed and ready to use very quickly.
2. Launch the program once the installation has been completed. The user interface should appear instantly.
3. Select the Add Video option at the top left hand corner of the screen. The files can be video files as the Converter will naturally extract the audio to the MPEG 3 layer. Browse the folder and select the specific MP4 you would like to convert to MP3. You may add more than one file as all files will be converted simultaneously. Once you are satisfied that you have chosen the appropriate files proceed to the next step.
4. Select the output file by going to Profile. Select the MP3-MPEG Layer 3 Audio option. This will tell the program to convert the MP4 to an MP3.
5. At Output select the folder you would like to use to store your new MP3 file(s).
6. To start the conversion click Convert. The time taken will vary depending on the speed of your computer’s processor. The interface will clearly show the progress of conversion.

Tips and Warnings

• Do not turn off the computer before the program has completed conversion this may lead to corrupted MP3 files or other issues.
• If you are using a slow computer avoid utilizing other programs while using the converter.

How to Convert Mp4 to Divx

The word abbreviation MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts Group and not only defines the various video and audio standards but also speaks of the organization; the MPEG organization or group has brought the world various technologies such as the well-known DVD standard which is based on the MPEG2 video standard and the rising HD formats such as BluRay which is based on the MPEG4-AVC standard. MP4 is a video container format that conforms to MPEG standards and was intended to hold MPEG based video and audio streams; although MP4 was primarily made for storing MPEG audio and video files, the container format also allows audio, video, subtitle and chapters to be used and may be setup with a structure similar to a DVD with menus and chapters.

DivX is a video codec that was originally developed by Jerome Rota as a means of sending decent quality video over the internet with a relatively small size; the project continued and soon additional persons joined up to freely contribute to the development of the codec. However there was a split within the group which led to the continued development of a paid video codec by a part of the group, with another part of the group branching out and creating a free alternative called XviD which is DivX spelled backwards.

DivX has continued to develop on their video codec and has now created a video container format which is similar to the MP4 container format in features, but key differences are that MP4 has less chapter and subtitle support while DivX has video formatting restrictions and only supports MP3, PCM and AC-3 audio; for various reasons you may find it necessary to convert MP4 file to the DivX format, here is what you will need to complete this task.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• DivX software suite
• Internet connection (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Download and install the DivX software suite if it is not already installed.
2. Locate the MP4 files that you would like to convert.
3. Open the DivX converter from the Start menu.
4. Drag and drop the MP4 files into the converter and then select the video profile you would like to use. Select the option to combine the videos if you would like to do so.
5. Hit the START button and wait for the conversion to complete; a timer will be visible that will give you an estimated completion time.
6. Once the process is completed you may open the output folder by using the OPEN button located at the bottom right of the screen.

DO’s AND DONT’s

Please be advised that you will not be able to use certain of the DivX features without first purchasing the software.
DivX allows the user to run a fully unrestricted trial period before purchase or reverting to a limited mode where some features are unavailable. Decide on whether or not you would like to purchase the software within this time and purchase if required.

How to Convert Mp4 to Avi

MP4 and AVI are both video file formats that are used in the computer world; AVI is the older and more popular of the two formats and as such more programs are available on the market that will support AVI files. These two formats are container formats, meaning that they have audio and video in separate streams but combine them in a single file or container; this container is played back by different players but the difference is that some players will be able to open the MP4 container while others will not, which is why changing the container from one format to another may become necessary. Since the formats are simply containers some persons may ask if it is possible to take the streams out and then place them in another container; this process is doable but only with the use of third party applications and manually going through the process may be very tedious so it is recommended to use either a free or paid application that will allow the conversion to be done in a few simple clicks.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• Internet connection
• MP4 file
• Conversion software

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Start up your computer or laptop.
2. Connect to the internet and open your web browser.
3. Search for MP4 to AVI conversion software and download the one of your choice. Popular selections include Format Factory, Media Coder and Super; other paid solutions exist such as River Past Video Cleaner, so the choice is yours on which to get.
4. Install the downloaded program and start it.
5. Set the desired output format from within the program if applicable.
6. Drag the MP4 file into the program and hit the option to start the conversion process.
7. Once completed you may locate the converted file manually or by opening the output folder from within the program.

DO’s AND DONT’s

Do not delete the original MP4 file until you have verified that your converted file works properly.
Ensure that you do not convert the video stream to a format that you do not have a decoder for; popular formats include DivX and XviD but depending on your needs other encoders such as X264 are available.
If the original or output video will not play on your computer consider downloading a codec or filter pack such as CCCP or Shark007’s codecs. Searching for either in Google will bring up results with the websites and download links. Use CCCP on Windows XP or lower and Shark007 has separate packages for Windows Vista and Windows 7 so choose the one appropriate for your operating system.
If you do not want to install additional codecs on your PC or laptop you may look into standalone players such as KMplayer or MPC-HC. Please note that without installing one of the aforementioned codec or filter packs the video may not be usable in other programs such as Nero, Adobe Premiere or VirtualDub.

How to Convert Mp3 to Mp4

The MP3 file format is the audio format of choice for persons worldwide for music and other audio files including audio lessons and other playback; MP3 is a lossy file format which means that audio files saved in this format lose some of the original quality. The MP3 format is so widespread that support is available on commonly used items such as DVD players, car audio systems and portable players; in order to attain good quality with MP3 files the bitrate of the file should be set between 96kbps and 320kpbs for best performance, with the higher bitrate giving higher quality but also occupying more space. Setting the bitrate below 96kbps will most likely give noticeable quality loss but above 320kbps any increase in quality may not be discernable; even though MP3 is a lossy format the main reason it is so popular is due to the fact that the human ear is unable to pick up the differences in certain pitches of audio which is what is mostly lost when converting from a source to MP3.

MP4 on the other hand is a video container format which is capable of housing multiple audio and video streams. MP4 stands for MPEG-4 Part 14 and is a part of the MPEG-4 system of compressing audio and video files; as can be seen MP4 was intended to work specifically with MPEG digital video and audio, however it also stores other data including subtitles and still images. Since MP3 files are audio files and MP4 containers hold both audio and video, MP3 files can be converted to MP4 files but there will be no video associated with the MP3 file and so the audio will play just fine but there will be a blank video screen; however if for some reason you still decide to convert from MP3 to MP4, here’s how you do it.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• MP3 files
• Internet connection
• Conversion software

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Locate the MP3 files on your computer that you would like to convert to MP4.
2. Create a new folder on your desktop or in an easily accessible location.
3. Copy the desired MP3’s to the new folder for ease of access.
4. If conversion software is not already installed, search for online and download a conversion application. Popular free choices include Format Factory and Media Coder.
5. Either specify the target format beforehand, or drag the copied MP3 files into the program interface and then specify the target format and hit the button to start the conversion process.
6. On completion you may open the output folder from within the program or locate it manually.
7. From the output folder your converted MP4 files will be available for whatever use you require.

DO’s AND DONT’s

Do not delete your MP3 files after converting to MP4 as the latter is a video format.
Be advised that converting MP3 to MP4 will only provide audio playback with a blank screen from various compatible video playback software.

How to Convert Mp3 to Midi

Despite the fact that MP3 files are the most popular audio file formats in use today there are still other formats that are used for various different applications that may or may not be proprietary; the term proprietary here means that the audio format may require either special or specific hardware or software to play the file.

MP3 is a lossy audio file format which means that some amount of quality is lost when compared to the original file; though this is the case MP3s main reason for still being the world’s favorite audio format lies in the fact that the human ear cannot discern the difference in the audio quality of the original and a copied MP3 file. This statement is not true in all senses though as quality settings allow the user to choose the level of quality used which is referred to as the bitrate of the file; a very high bitrate MP3 file will be high quality but the superior quality may not be noticeable while a low bitrate file will be the exact opposite. An adequate range lies between 96kbps and 320kbps with 128kpbs and 256kbps being the more popular choices; MP3 also has another encoding option called Variable Bit Rate or VBR where a maximum bitrate would be specified and the software would decide on when to drop the bitrate based on the sounds being played and silent or low spots in the original audio.

MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and refers to both the actual interface and the popular file format; MIDI is designed to take input from supported MIDI devices such as synthesizers and create extremely small distributable files in comparison to other audio formats. The very small size of MIDI is achieved by the fact that no actual sound is recorded but instead a set of instructions for reproduction of the sound is recorded; this means that instead of recording and playing back a sound as is done with MP3, MIDI will record the score or sheet information for the played music and the software or hardware will reproduce the sounds by playing them as instructed by reading the notes.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• Pc or laptop
• MP3 files
• Conversion software
• Internet connection

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Locate the MP3 f files that you would like to convert.
2. Depending on the software you may now need to drag and drop the MP3 files into the interface or manually browse for the files and perform the task individually or grouped.
3. Follow the instructions on-screen and repeat if necessary.
4. Once completed open the output folder and use your converted MIDI files as you please.

DO’s AND DONT’s

Do not attempt to create a MIDI from an MP3 with vocals; MIDI was not designed for reproduction of vocals and attempts to force this conversion may not give satisfactory results.
As converting to MIDI from MP3 is a difficult task ensure that you test and compare any paid software solution thoroughly before purchasing to ensure that the program will fulfill your needs.