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    Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    I did a search and didn't see much about this.

    There's a fairly new command-line encoder, qtaacenc.exe, that uses Quicktime's AAC encoder (without having to upgrade to Quicktime Pro). It can convert files in Quicktime's True VBR mode, and also VBR Constrained, the latter of which Nero can't do. It works great in Foobar, but is there a way for us to add the new encoder to dBpoweramp? I don't see any command line option, or even any option to select an encoder that's not in the pre-set drop-down list.

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    Install the CLI Encoder (from codec central).

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    Thanks, Spoon. But I'm getting stuck on, "[There] is a file called encoder.txt, edit this file to change the extension of the encoder, in this example .m4a"

    What does that mean? Do I change the ".ext" inside the text file to say ".m4a"? It won't allow me to do that.

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    Yes you would, if on Windows 7 you would need administrator rights to change that.

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spoon View Post
    Yes you would, if on Windows 7 you would need administrator rights to change that.
    Thanks. Got it working, but had to come up with a workaround. For some reason, I can't create or access an administrator account in Vista. My regular user account has administrative privileges, so I don't know why it was giving me a problem with renaming the extension.

    What I had to do was save the change to another folder, then delete the original encoder.txt file and drag and drop the new one into the CLI Encoder folder.

    So I've got it up and running, and dBpoweramp can now do virtually everything I need it to do! :komisch9: My big problem with Foobar was it doesn't copy artwork. I rip all my CDs to Apple Lossless, and want to be able to just convert them to any format with ease, including the tags and artwork. I can finally do that with dBpoweramp.

    And you're a very nice guy, Spoon. Some of the Hydrogen Audio crowd can be a nasty bunch (especially to novices), so it's refreshing to encounter someone like you online.

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    You have to run notepad as an Administrator to edit and then save the file in place.

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    Quote Originally Posted by LtData View Post
    You have to run notepad as an Administrator to edit and then save the file in place.
    Hmm. Good to know for future reference. Thanks.

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    Having trouble with qtaacenc myself:

    Code:
    Splitting Command Line:Done
    ->->  [dBCoreConverter::ReaddBCommandFile]
    <-<-  [dBCoreConverter::ReaddBCommandFile]
    ->->  [cldBCodecHandler::FindDecoder]
        Checking Decoder 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\decoder\FLAC.dll' for extension '.flac'
    Decodes  [clDecoder::Get]
      <<< Match, using decoder
      Using Registry Cached Decoder: C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\decoder\FLAC.dll
    <-<-  [cldBCodecHandler::FindDecoder]
    BatchID  [clDecoder::Set]
    ->->  [cldBCodecHandler::LoadEncoder]
      Loading Encoder 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\encoder\CLI Encoder.DLL'
    <-<-  [cldBCodecHandler::LoadEncoder]
    BatchID  [clEncoder::Set]
    ->->  [dBCoreConverter::StripCoreConverterCmds]
    <-<-  [dBCoreConverter::StripCoreConverterCmds]
    SendRawUnCompressed  [clEncoder::Get]
    IsLive  [clDSP::Get]
    SendOverReplayGainTags  [clDSP::Get]
    BatchID  [clDSP::Set]
    IsLive  [clDSP::Get]
    SendOverReplayGainTags  [clDSP::Get]
    BatchID  [clDSP::Set]
    Communicate  [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate  [clEncoder::Get]
    NeedHQAudio  [clEncoder::Get]
    Decode As  [clDecoder::Set]
    ->->  [clDecoder::Open]
      Opening file 'C:\FLAC2AAC\01 - Down.flac' for read access: Opened
      Init FLAC: 
      Reading Meta Data: 
       contained 26 tags:
    			replaygain_album_gain: -7.09 dB
    			replaygain_album_peak: 0.989502
    			AccurateRipResult: AccurateRip: Accurate (confidence 52)   [B1410F2D]
    			AccurateRipDiscID: 014-0014ef6c-00dd90f7-c4095b0e-1
    			Title: Down
    			Album: 311
    			Genre: Rock
    			Year: 1995
    			Composer: Nicholas Hexum
    S.A. Martinez
    			Label: Capricorn
    			Style: Rap-Rock
    Rap-Metal
    Alternative Pop/Rock
    Funk Metal
    			Artist: 311
    			BatchDiscNumber: 6
    			Rating: 9
    			Source: CD (Lossless)
    			Length: 173173
    			_cdtoc: DATA Length: 124   .z......... ......2.
    			CDDB Disc ID: C4095B0E
    			Encoded By: dBpoweramp Release 13
    			Encoder: FLAC 1.2.1
    			Encoder Settings: -compression-level-6 -verify
    			replaygain_track_gain: -6.54 dB
    			replaygain_track_peak: 0.933258
    			Track: 1/14
    			Disc: 1/1
    			album artist: 311
      Contains picture block, size (bytes): 790561 type: 3
      ->->  [clDecoder::ReadIDTags]
      <-<-  [clDecoder::ReadIDTags]
      ->->  [clDecoder::FillAudioProps]
    	Encoder: FLAC reference libFLAC 1.2.1 20070917
    	Sample Count: 7,636,944
    	ID Tag: Vorbis Comments
    	Contains: Album Art, CD TOC, CRC, ReplayGain, ID Tag [Vorbis Comments]
      <-<-  [clDecoder::FillAudioProps]
      ->->  [clDecoder::FillAudioInfo]
        Uncompressed WFX (sent to db): Format Tag: 1  Channels: 2  Bits per Sample: 16  Samples Per Second: 44100  Bytes Per Second: 176400  Block Align: 4  CB Size: 0
        Audio Length: 173173 mili-seconds  22560744 bytes  1411 kbps
      <-<-  [clDecoder::FillAudioInfo]
      Creating Decode Buffers: Created
    <-<-  [clDecoder::Open]
    SendOverReplayGainTags  [clEncoder::Get]
    ->->  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    ->->  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    ->->  [clEncoder::BeginConversion]
      Converting to 'C:\FLAC2AAC\01 - Down.mp4' encoder settings ' -cli_encoder="C:\Program Files\CD DVD\qtaacenc\qtaacenc.exe" -cli_cmd="--tvbr 58 --highest --samplerate keep - [outfile]" -hi_quality'
      Using Encoder 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\qtaacenc\qtaacenc.exe'
      Command Line '--tvbr 58 --highest --samplerate keep - C:\FLAC2AAC\01-DOW~1.MP4'
      Input Wave Format:Format Tag: 1  Channels: 2  Bits per Sample: 16  Samples Per Second: 44100  Bytes Per Second: 176400  Block Align: 4  CB Size: 0
      Output Wave Format:Format Tag: 1  Channels: 2  Bits per Sample: 16  Samples Per Second: 44100  Bytes Per Second: 176400  Block Align: 4  CB Size: 0
      Passing Wave Header: Yes
      Using StdInput Pipe: Yes
      dBpoweramp Writing Tags: Yes
    <-<-  [clEncoder::BeginConversion]
    Communicate  [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate  [clEncoder::Get]
    Encoding To: CLI Encoder
    Encoder Cmd Line:  -cli_encoder="C:\Program Files\CD DVD\qtaacenc\qtaacenc.exe" -cli_cmd="--tvbr 58 --highest --samplerate keep - [outfile]" -hi_quality
    DSP Effects:
        ReplayGain (Apply):  -mode="0" -activedb="0" -nonactivedb="0"
        ID Tag Processing: -case="0" -exportart="(none)" -importart="(none)" -maxart="100kb" -arttojpg
    
    ============= CONVERSION BEGIN =============
    ============= CONVERSION END =============
    Communicate  [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate  [clEncoder::Get]
    ->->  [dBCoreConverter::CloseDecoder]
    ->->  [clDecoder::Close]
    <-<-  [clDecoder::Close]
    ->->  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    ->->  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    ->->  [clEncoder::EndConversion]
      Running program after conversion 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\encoder\CLI Encoder\' Command Line: 
      Program completed
    <-<-  [clEncoder::EndConversion]
      ->->  [dBCoreConverter::IDTagWriter]
        ->->  [cldBCodecHandler::FindDecoder]
            Checking Decoder 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\decoder\m4a.dll' for extension '.mp4'
    Decodes  [clDecoder::Get]
    Decodes  [clDecoder::Get]
          <<< Match, using decoder
          Using Registry Cached Decoder: C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\decoder\m4a.dll
        <-<-  [cldBCodecHandler::FindDecoder]
    IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
      IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
        IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
          IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
            IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
              ->->  [clDecoder::Close]
              <-<-  [clDecoder::Close]
    Communicate  [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate  [clEncoder::Get]
    ->->  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
    ->->  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
        Conversion completed in 7.5 seconds x22 realtime encoding
    ->->  [clDecoder::Close]
    <-<-  [clDecoder::Close]
    I have tried a number of variation on the command line. Currently trying:

    --tvbr 58 --highest --samplerate keep - [outfile]

    Whatever I do, output is always a 0kb file.

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    Found another post here, so I tried this

    --tvbr 58 --highest --samplerate keep [infile] [outfile]

    I can see the temp file, but after the finished msg, the output file is still 0kb.

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    Ok, so this was a problem with qtaacenc. Now fixed.

    The compression is now working.

    However, the final file name is the "short name" (ie 1 - Dow~1.mp4) and there are no tags.

    db write tags is checked.

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    Code:
    Splitting Command Line:Done
    ->->  [dBCoreConverter::ReaddBCommandFile]
    <-<-  [dBCoreConverter::ReaddBCommandFile]
    ->->  [cldBCodecHandler::FindDecoder]
        Checking Decoder 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\decoder\FLAC.dll' for extension '.flac'
    Decodes  [clDecoder::Get]
      <<< Match, using decoder
      Using Registry Cached Decoder: C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\decoder\FLAC.dll
    <-<-  [cldBCodecHandler::FindDecoder]
    BatchID  [clDecoder::Set]
    ->->  [cldBCodecHandler::LoadEncoder]
      Loading Encoder 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\encoder\CLI Encoder.DLL'
    <-<-  [cldBCodecHandler::LoadEncoder]
    BatchID  [clEncoder::Set]
    ->->  [dBCoreConverter::StripCoreConverterCmds]
    <-<-  [dBCoreConverter::StripCoreConverterCmds]
    SendRawUnCompressed  [clEncoder::Get]
    IsLive  [clDSP::Get]
    SendOverReplayGainTags  [clDSP::Get]
    BatchID  [clDSP::Set]
    IsLive  [clDSP::Get]
    SendOverReplayGainTags  [clDSP::Get]
    BatchID  [clDSP::Set]
    IsLive  [clDSP::Get]
    SendOverReplayGainTags  [clDSP::Get]
    BatchID  [clDSP::Set]
    Communicate  [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate  [clEncoder::Get]
    NeedHQAudio  [clEncoder::Get]
    Decode As  [clDecoder::Set]
    ->->  [clDecoder::Open]
      Opening file 'C:\FLAC2AAC\01 - Down.flac' for read access: Opened
      Init FLAC: 
      Reading Meta Data: 
       contained 26 tags:
    			replaygain_album_gain: -7.09 dB
    			replaygain_album_peak: 0.989502
    			AccurateRipResult: AccurateRip: Accurate (confidence 52)   [B1410F2D]
    			AccurateRipDiscID: 014-0014ef6c-00dd90f7-c4095b0e-1
    			Title: Down
    			Album: 311
    			Genre: Rock
    			Year: 1995
    			Composer: Nicholas Hexum
    S.A. Martinez
    			Label: Capricorn
    			Style: Rap-Rock
    Rap-Metal
    Alternative Pop/Rock
    Funk Metal
    			Artist: 311
    			BatchDiscNumber: 6
    			Rating: 9
    			Source: CD (Lossless)
    			Length: 173173
    			_cdtoc: DATA Length: 124   .z......... ......2.
    			CDDB Disc ID: C4095B0E
    			Encoded By: dBpoweramp Release 13
    			Encoder: FLAC 1.2.1
    			Encoder Settings: -compression-level-6 -verify
    			replaygain_track_gain: -6.54 dB
    			replaygain_track_peak: 0.933258
    			Track: 1/14
    			Disc: 1/1
    			album artist: 311
      Contains picture block, size (bytes): 790561 type: 3
      ->->  [clDecoder::ReadIDTags]
      <-<-  [clDecoder::ReadIDTags]
      ->->  [clDecoder::FillAudioProps]
    	Encoder: FLAC reference libFLAC 1.2.1 20070917
    	Sample Count: 7,636,944
    	ID Tag: Vorbis Comments
    	Contains: Album Art, CD TOC, CRC, ReplayGain, ID Tag [Vorbis Comments]
      <-<-  [clDecoder::FillAudioProps]
      ->->  [clDecoder::FillAudioInfo]
        Uncompressed WFX (sent to db): Format Tag: 1  Channels: 2  Bits per Sample: 16  Samples Per Second: 44100  Bytes Per Second: 176400  Block Align: 4  CB Size: 0
        Audio Length: 173173 mili-seconds  22560744 bytes  1411 kbps
      <-<-  [clDecoder::FillAudioInfo]
      Creating Decode Buffers: Created
    <-<-  [clDecoder::Open]
    SendOverReplayGainTags  [clEncoder::Get]
    ->->  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    ->->  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    ->->  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::BeginConversion]
    ->->  [clEncoder::BeginConversion]
      Converting to 'C:\FLAC2AAC\01 - Down.m4a' encoder settings ' -cli_encoder="C:\Program Files\CD DVD\qtaacenc\qtaacenc.exe" -cli_cmd="--tvbr 60 --highest --samplerate keep [infile]  [outfile]" -hi_quality'
      Using Encoder 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\qtaacenc\qtaacenc.exe'
      Command Line '--tvbr 60 --highest --samplerate keep C:\FLAC2AAC\01-DOW~1.WAV  C:\FLAC2AAC\01-DOW~1.M4A'
      Input Wave Format:Format Tag: 1  Channels: 2  Bits per Sample: 16  Samples Per Second: 44100  Bytes Per Second: 176400  Block Align: 4  CB Size: 0
      Output Wave Format:Format Tag: 1  Channels: 2  Bits per Sample: 16  Samples Per Second: 44100  Bytes Per Second: 176400  Block Align: 4  CB Size: 0
      Passing Wave Header: Yes
      Using StdInput Pipe: No
      dBpoweramp Writing Tags: Yes
    <-<-  [clEncoder::BeginConversion]
    Communicate  [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate  [clEncoder::Get]
    Encoding To: CLI Encoder
    Encoder Cmd Line:  -cli_encoder="C:\Program Files\CD DVD\qtaacenc\qtaacenc.exe" -cli_cmd="--tvbr 60 --highest --samplerate keep [infile]  [outfile]" -hi_quality
    DSP Effects:
        ReplayGain (Apply):  -mode="0" -activedb="0" -nonactivedb="0"
        ID Tag Processing: -case="0" -exportart="(none)" -importart="(none)" -maxart="100kb" -arttojpg
        Folder.jpg Preserve:  -ext=""
    
    ============= CONVERSION BEGIN =============
    ============= CONVERSION END =============
    Communicate  [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate  [clEncoder::Get]
    ->->  [dBCoreConverter::CloseDecoder]
    ->->  [clDecoder::Close]
    <-<-  [clDecoder::Close]
    ->->  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    ->->  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    ->->  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::EndConversion]
    ->->  [clEncoder::EndConversion]
      Running program after conversion 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\encoder\CLI Encoder\' Command Line: 
      Program completed
    <-<-  [clEncoder::EndConversion]
      ->->  [dBCoreConverter::IDTagWriter]
        ->->  [cldBCodecHandler::FindDecoder]
            Checking Decoder 'C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\decoder\m4a.dll' for extension '.m4a'
    Decodes  [clDecoder::Get]
          <<< Match, using decoder
          Using Registry Cached Decoder: C:\Program Files\CD DVD\dBpoweramp\decoder\m4a.dll
        <-<-  [cldBCodecHandler::FindDecoder]
    IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
      IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
        IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
          IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
            IDTags  [clDecoder::Set]
              ->->  [clDecoder::Close]
              <-<-  [clDecoder::Close]
    Communicate  [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate  [clEncoder::Get]
    ->->  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
    ->->  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
    ->->  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
    <-<-  [clDSP::AfterConversion]
        Conversion completed in 15.4 seconds x11 realtime encoding
    ->->  [clDecoder::Close]
    <-<-  [clDecoder::Close]

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    I have the nero encoder/decoder installed, so dbpoweramp should be able to write tags, but there are no tags in the output file

    also, if I change [outfile] to [outfile_long] it doesn't work. I don't get why the final output is the dos short form. I get why a temp file might be, but not the final file

    The encoder creates 2 files during the encode process:

    1 - Down.m4a.tmp.wav <- this ends up being the full size of the uncompressed wave and is deleted at the end

    1 - Down.m4a 0 kb <- this is there until the end of the encode and then replaced by 1 - Dow~1.m4a. I would expect the process to be the reverse. The temp file should be the 1 - Dow~1.m4a and the be replaced by 1 - Down.m4a


    I have tried using both .m4a and .mp4 as file extensions. No difference.


    Spoon??

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    Re: Qtaacenc.exe -- Can dBpoweramp use it?

    dBpoweramp would always write the ID tags, it can only write to the long filename (the real file). The short filename should work as it is a representation of the long filename, but if the qtencode is doing something specific to filenames that might be causing it not to work.

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