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Thread: ALAC to FLAC wrong Cover Art Handling

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    ALAC to FLAC wrong Cover Art Handling

    Hi,

    When I convert ALAC (m4a) to FLAC format, then cover art in the file gets wrongly handled.

    In the original ALAC (m4a) file is cover art picture, which is clasified as "Front Cover" or type=3. When I use dBpoweramp to convert the file to FLAC, then picture is still there, but it coverted now as "other" or type=0.

    dBpoweramp shoud not change the picture type when it saves FLAC tags to the converted file.

    For your convinience. Files for testing and results after converting with dBpoweramp. I put two examples of converted FLAC files from different CDs, and also original Apple Looseless on my FTP.

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    Details on picture clasifications in FLAC:
    From: http://flac.sourceforge.net/document...ptions_picture (options for stand-alone FLAC.EXE)

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    --picture={FILENAME|SPECIFICATION} Import a picture and store it in a PICTURE metadata block. More than one --picture command can be specified. Either a filename for the picture file or a more complete specification form can be used. The SPECIFICATION is a string whose parts are separated by | (pipe) characters. Some parts may be left empty to invoke default values. FILENAME is just shorthand for ||||FILENAME. The format of SPECIFICATION is

    [TYPE]|[MIME-TYPE]|[DESCRIPTION]|[WIDTHxHEIGHTxDEPTH[/COLORS]]|FILE

    TYPE is optional; it is a number from one of:
    0: Other
    1: 32x32 pixels 'file icon' (PNG only)
    2: Other file icon
    3: Cover (front)
    4: Cover (back)
    5: Leaflet page
    6: Media (e.g. label side of CD)
    7: Lead artist/lead performer/soloist
    8: Artist/performer
    9: Conductor
    10: Band/Orchestra
    11: Composer
    12: Lyricist/text writer
    13: Recording Location
    14: During recording
    15: During performance
    16: Movie/video screen capture
    17: A bright coloured fish
    18: Illustration
    19: Band/artist logotype
    20: Publisher/Studio logotype
    The default is 3 (front cover). There may only be one picture each of type 1 and 2 in a file. ...

    BR, Janis
    Last edited by Spoon; 02-23-2009 at 05:29 AM.

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    Re: ALAC to FLAC wrong Cover Art Handling

    Are you using the latest FLAC codec?

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    Re: ALAC to FLAC wrong Cover Art Handling

    Sure, the latest you have on the web for download today.
    Please try to convert the m4a file I put on my FTP yourself, and see what dBpoweramp does with the type of the picture in the convertion process...

    BR, Janis

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    Re: ALAC to FLAC wrong Cover Art Handling

    I have noted as a bug

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    Re: ALAC to FLAC wrong Cover Art Handling

    Great. I hope you will fix it in the next version.
    I have big batch job to do waiting for good conversion SW. :smile2:

    Janis

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    Re: ALAC to FLAC wrong Cover Art Handling

    Hello,

    Sorry for bothering you.

    Any hope that you will fix this issue in the next version? If yes, then when you plan to release it?

    I'm just having big batch job to do, and should understand, if I can expect support from you SW, or should search other ALAC to FLAC converter?

    BR, Janis

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    Re: ALAC to FLAC wrong Cover Art Handling

    We would hope to fix it by the next beta release of R13 (music converter) as flac is now part of the standard install.

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