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Thread: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

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    Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    A new user, I ripped my CD collection to FLAC - but now want to also create mp3 versions of the files.

    When I use the batch converter I find that all the track information associated with the files is lost on conversion. Any hints for how I can ensure that the id tags come over into the MP3 files also.....the "promo" stuff on the website for the batch converter seems to indicate that this should just happen.

    Thanks

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    Right click on a FLAC file >> Edit ID Tags, does it show ID Tags?

    right click on a created mp3 file >> Edit ID Tags, does it show the tags?

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    Thx for reply Spoon.

    When I look at a FLAC file the ID Tags are there.

    When I look at an MP3 created from the FLAC by the converter the ID Tags are not there.

    Any help in diagnosing and fixing the problem would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    You have no DSP effects running during conversion?

    Which version dBpoweramp do you have?

    Do you have any security software?

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    Spoon,

    No DSP effects

    Version is R14.4

    Only security software is MacAfee Internet Security

    Cheers

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    Run dBpoweramp Configuration, then on the Music converter tab, enable the very last debug option. Then convert one FLAC >> mp3, afterwards a log will show in notepad, copy and paste the text here please.

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    Ok text is below - to my uneducated eye looks like its trying to write the ID tags

    Splitting Command Line:Done
    ->-> [dBCoreConverter::ReaddBCommandFile]
    <-<- [dBCoreConverter::ReaddBCommandFile]
    Decodes [clDecoder::Get]
    BatchID [clDecoder::Set]
    ->-> [cldBCodecHandler::LoadEncoder]
    Loading Encoder 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Illustrate\dBpoweramp\encoder\mp3 (Lame).DLL'
    <-<- [cldBCodecHandler::LoadEncoder]
    BatchID [clEncoder::Set]
    ->-> [dBCoreConverter::StripCoreConverterCmds]
    <-<- [dBCoreConverter::StripCoreConverterCmds]
    SendRawUnCompressed [clEncoder::Get]
    Communicate [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate [clEncoder::Get]
    NeedHQAudio [clEncoder::Get]
    Decode As [clDecoder::Set]
    ->-> [clDecoder::Open]
    Opening file 'C:\Users\Ben\Desktop\01 Blurred Lines.flac' for read access: Opened
    Init FLAC:
    Reading Meta Data:
    contained 19 tags:
    Title: Blurred Lines 384
    AccurateRipResult: AccurateRip: Accurate (confidence 42) [008A68BF]
    AccurateRipDiscID: 010-000ece25-00758a84-8508f30a-1
    Year: 2013 07 30
    Label: Star Trak/Interscope
    UPC: 602537456895
    Style: Contemporary R&B
    Adult Contemporary R&B
    Album: Blurred Lines
    Genre: R&B
    Artist: Robin Thicke
    Composer: Pharrell Williams/Robin Thicke
    Rating: 7
    Source: CD (Lossless)
    Encoded By: dBpoweramp Release 14.4
    Encoder: (FLAC 1.2.1)
    Encoder Settings: -compression-level-8 -verify
    Track: 1/10
    Disc: 1/1
    Album Artist: Robin Thicke
    Contains picture block, size (bytes): 138018 type: 3
    ->-> [clDecoder::ReadIDTags]
    <-<- [clDecoder::ReadIDTags]
    ->-> [clDecoder::FillAudioProps]
    Encoder: FLAC reference libFLAC 1.2.1 20070917
    Sample Count: 11,634,756
    ID Tag: Vorbis Comments
    Contains: Album Art, CRC, 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: 263826 mili-seconds 30961035 bytes 1411 kbps
    <-<- [clDecoder::FillAudioInfo]
    Creating Decode Buffers: Created
    <-<- [clDecoder::Open]
    SendOverReplayGainTags [clEncoder::Get]
    ->-> [clEncoder::BeginConversion]
    Converting to 'C:\Users\Ben\Music\Test\Thicke384.mp3' encoder settings ' -b="384" -freeformat -encoding="SLOW"'
    Lame encoder settings: -b 384 --freeformat -q 2 --noreplaygain -r --little-endian --bitwidth 16 - "C:\Users\Ben\Music\Test\THICKE~1.MP3"
    <-<- [clEncoder::BeginConversion]
    Communicate [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate [clEncoder::Get]
    Encoding To: mp3 (Lame)
    Encoder Cmd Line: -b="384" -freeformat -encoding="SLOW"
    ============= CONVERSION BEGIN =============
    ============= CONVERSION END =============
    Communicate [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate [clEncoder::Get]
    ->-> [dBCoreConverter::CloseDecoder]
    ->-> [clDecoder::Close]
    <-<- [clDecoder::Close]
    ->-> [clEncoder::EndConversion]
    <-<- [clEncoder::EndConversion]
    File Size Check : 12666670 bytes Filename: C:\Users\Ben\Music\Test\Thicke384.mp3
    File Size Check (before ID Tags Written): 12666670 bytes Filename: C:\Users\Ben\Music\Test\Thicke384.mp3
    ->-> [dBCoreConverter::IDTagWriter]
    Decodes [clDecoder::Get]
    IDTags [clDecoder::Set]
    ->-> [clDecoder::WriteIDTags]
    Opening file 'C:\Users\Ben\Music\Test\Thicke384.mp3' for write access: Opened
    <-<- [clDecoder::WriteIDTags]
    <-<- [dBCoreConverter::IDTagWriter]
    Communicate [clDecoder::Get]
    Communicate [clEncoder::Get]
    Conversion completed in 12.9 seconds x20 realtime encoding
    File Size Check (core converter exit): 12806873 bytes Filename: C:\Users\Ben\Music\Test\Thicke384.mp3
    ->-> [clDecoder::Close]
    <-<- [clDecoder::Close]

    Checked the ID tags again for the mp3 file created and at the top it says "file contains no Id tags" and consistent with that, they're all blank.

    Cheers, thanks for trying to help

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    File Size Check (before ID Tags Written): 12666670 bytes Filename: C:\Users\Ben\Music\Test\Thicke384.mp3
    ...writing tag
    File Size Check (core converter exit): 12806873 bytes Filename: C:\Users\Ben\Music\Test\Thicke384.mp3

    The program actually wrote the tag, what is the exact filesize of this file now? is it 12806873 bytes, or 12666670 bytes?

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    Spoon it is the larger file, indicative of it having imported the tags.

    Interestingly, just tried to play the file and it appears corrupted (just from using a couple of simple players like windows media player etc.) did not like it.

    Must be something screwy with my settings, but I didn't really change anything from the default to any extent, just upped the file kbs rate from 160 to 384 and the destination - and made it convert at "slow" speed.

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    The file is a freeformat, not much will play those type of files as they are non-standard mp3s, choose 'Quality VBR' as the target.

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    So no way in dbpoweramp of ripping reliable mp3s higher than 240kbps??

    (Mind you, just done it and it retains the id tag.....so I guess its the tradeoff, huh?)
    Last edited by Sozzled; 02-20-2014 at 06:57 AM. Reason: typo

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    Re: Losing all id tags (even title, artist etc) when converting from FLAC to MP3

    You can select bit rate (CBR) and choose 320kbps, which is the maximum allowed for a standard mp3

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