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  • Windows x64 incompatibility. There were reports about XP x64 and Vista x64 being incompatible with foobar2000. Reference: [a href=\'index.php?showtopic=56979\']Error Flushing File: Object not found, "Convert to..." error[/a]
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1. Download and install Windows Media Encoder. Additionally, to enable the latest available WMA encoder version you need to download and install the latest Windows Media Player. The latest versions of WMA are only available for Windows XP or newer.

2. Choose the codec you want: WMA Standard, WMA Professional or WMA Lossless. Most hardware players support only WMA Standard.

3. Your encoding will be Quality-based VBR. For other WMA codecs/formats see Windows Media Encoder help.
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With quality-based VBR encoding, you specify a desired quality level (from 0 to 100). Then, during encoding, the bitrate fluctuates according to the complexity of the stream — a higher bitrate is used for intense detail, and a lower bitrate is used for simpler content. The advantage of quality-based VBR encoding is that quality remains consistent across all streams for which you specify the same quality setting. The disadvantage is that you cannot predict the file size or bandwidth requirements of the encoded content before encoding. Quality-based VBR encoding uses one-pass encoding.

Setup foobar2000 converter as follows:
 - go to Preferences -> Converter page
 - click Add New
 - choose Encoder -> Custom and change all the needed parameters (see below)
 - the list of green-colored argument options is based on the latest available (2008-07-20) WMA codec and some options may be not available for your system.

WMA Standard, Quality-based VBR

 Encoder: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\WMCmd.vbs
 Extension: wma
 Parameters: -silent -a_codec WMA9STD -a_mode 2 -a_setting Q75_44_2 -input %s -output %d
 Format is: lossy
 Highest BPS mode supported: 24
 Encoder name: WMA Standard
 Bitrate: <blank>
 Settings: VBR quality-based

Change the argument marked with green color according to the table:
Code: [Select]
Argument                Quality         Sampling rate       Channel
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Q98_44_2                Q98            44                  2
Q98_48_2                Q98            48                  2
Q90_44_2                Q90            44                  2
Q90_48_2                Q90            48                  2
Q75_44_2                Q75            44                  2
Q50_44_2                Q50            44                  2
Q25_44_2                Q25            44                  2
Q10_44_2                Q10            44                  2

WMA Professional, Quality-based VBR

 Encoder: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\WMCmd.vbs
 Extension: wma
 Parameters: -silent -a_codec WMA9PRO -a_mode 2 -a_setting Q75_44_2_24 -input %s -output %d
 Format is: lossy
 Highest BPS mode supported: 24
 Encoder name: WMA Professional
 Bitrate: <blank>
 Settings: VBR quality-based

Change the argument marked with green color according to the table:
Code: [Select]
Argument                Quality         Sampling rate       Channel   BitsPerSample
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Q98_44_2_24            Q98            44                  2        24
Q98_44_6_16            Q98            44                  6        16
Q98_48_2_24            Q98            48                  2        24
Q98_48_6_24            Q98            48                  6        24
Q98_88_2_24            Q98            88                  2        24
Q98_88_6_24            Q98            88                  6        24
Q98_96_2_24            Q98            96                  2        24
Q98_96_6_24            Q98            96                  6        24
Q90_44_2_24            Q90            44                  2        24
Q90_44_6_16            Q90            44                  6        16
Q90_48_2_24            Q90            48                  2        24
Q90_48_6_24            Q90            48                  6        24
Q90_88_2_24            Q90            88                  2        24
Q90_88_6_24            Q90            88                  6        24
Q90_96_2_24            Q90            96                  2        24
Q90_96_6_24            Q90            96                  6        24
Q75_44_2_24            Q75            44                  2        24
Q75_44_6_16            Q75            44                  6        16
Q75_48_2_24            Q75            48                  2        24
Q75_48_6_24            Q75            48                  6        24
Q75_88_2_24            Q75            88                  2        24
Q75_88_6_24            Q75            88                  6        24
Q75_96_2_24            Q75            96                  2        24
Q75_96_6_24            Q75            96                  6        24
Q50_44_2_24            Q50            44                  2        24
Q50_44_6_16            Q50            44                  6        16
Q50_48_2_24            Q50            48                  2        24
Q50_48_6_24            Q50            48                  6        24
Q25_44_2_24            Q25            44                  2        24
Q25_44_6_16            Q25            44                  6        16
Q25_48_2_24            Q25            48                  2        24
Q25_48_6_24            Q25            48                  6        24
Q10_44_2_24            Q10            44                  2        24
Q10_44_6_16            Q10            44                  6        16
Q10_48_2_24            Q10            48                  2        24
Q10_48_6_24            Q10            48                  6        24

WMA Lossless

Encoder: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\WMCmd.vbs
 Extension: wma
 Parameters: -silent -a_codec WMA9LSL -a_mode 2 -a_setting Q100_44_2_16 -input %s -output %d
 Format is: lossless
 Highest BPS mode supported: 24
 Encoder name: WMA Lossless
 Bitrate: <blank>
 Settings: VBR Quality 100

Change the argument marked with green color according to the table:
Code: [Select]
Argument                Quality         Sampling rate       Channel
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Q100_44_2_16            Q100            44                  2        16
Q100_44_2_24            Q100            44                  2        24
Q100_48_2_24            Q100            48                  2        24
Q100_48_6_24            Q100            48                  6        24
Q100_88_2_24            Q100            88                  2        24
Q100_88_6_24            Q100            88                  6        24
Q100_96_2_24            Q100            96                  2        24
Q100_96_6_24            Q100            96                  6        24
  • Last Edit: 20 July, 2008, 05:47:50 AM by Egor

  • 4nt1
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How to set up Converter for WMA 9
Reply #1
maybe I am ignorant but why would anyone in their right mind want to use wma format?

I have wma's and foobar cannot edit their info so that basically makes them useless to me...

nice effort though as maybe someone people will appreciate your work.
  • Last Edit: 27 August, 2006, 11:09:45 PM by 4nt1

  • Egor
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Reply #2
maybe I am ignoranct but why would anyone in their right mind want to use wma format?

I have wma's and foobar cannot edit their info so that basically makes them useless to me...

nice effort though as maybe someone people will appreciate your work.

There were several requests about setting up Converter for WMA, so I decided to post instructions. I'll add a warning about tagging problem, thanks for the notice.

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Reply #3
It would really be great if someone who knows how could add tag support into the foobar 9.X WMA converter as was in the 8.X version.  I've tried using an external tag writer (TAG.EXE), but it doesn't seem to support WMA tags.

WMA conversion is useful.  My music library is Ogg q6 and that works great on my Rio Karma.  But I often convert tracks for my son's Rio Carbon which only supports WMA and MP3.  At the low bitrate he uses to fit as much as possible into his 5GB, WMA is a fine choice.

Thanks.

NOTE: As of foobar2000 v0.9.4B3, this has been addressed:
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....st&p=433132
  • Last Edit: 20 September, 2006, 10:29:39 PM by Apesbrain

  • Egor
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Reply #4
Check out Mp3tag (and the first line of the message at the top).

  • saivert
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Reply #5
Altough I am not conding the use of Windows Media Audio because I have this fanatic fright of Microsoft software I do have to say that the codec is based on newer technology than the MP3 format (yes, MPEG-1/2 Layer 3) and thus is good to use when requiring a codec that handles lower bitrates better. 96kbps WMA just about equals 128kbps MP3.

The best thing would be to just swap the player with one that handles HE-AAC or AACplus. This format really knows how to make the best out of low bitrate.

Also FooBar2000 do not support streaming Windows Media Audio. In order to do this you would need a wrapper for the newer Winamp Windows Media plugin. This plugin handles streaming, tagging and the works.

Regarding the Custom conversion preset:
You have to specify to use the CSCRIPT version for running the VBScript.
Encoder: C:\Windows\System32\cscript.exe
Parameters: "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\WMCmd.vbs" //nologo -silent -a_codec WMA9STD -a_mode 2 -a_setting Q75_44_2 -input "%s" -output "%d"
This will ensure proper operations under any circumstances.
  • Last Edit: 05 September, 2006, 03:28:39 PM by saivert
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Reply #6
96kbps WMA just about equals 128kbps MP3.
Can you prove this claim?
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Reply #7
96kbps WMA just about equals 128kbps MP3.
Can you prove this claim?


It's not up to me to prove it. Find your own sources. For me it's equal at least. I did not say it is 100% equal. I used the phrase "just about". You will always find differences if you compare them bitwise.
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  • Egor
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How to set up Converter for WMA 9
Reply #9
Hi guys.

It worked great, I did two encodes.

But now all I'm getting is "Error flushing file (Object not found) : file://C:\Documents and Settings\Carlos\My Documents\Temp\test.wma"

Have already tried different settings, recreate the "Convert" page, reinstall foobar2000, follow the http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/lofive...php/t48340.html post... any ideas? 

Edit: the only thing that changed, is that I removed dBpowerAMP from my computer since I was able to do wat I wanted using foobar2000... could this have a side-effect?  :S

Edit2: I've already tried reinstalling Windows Media Player 11 and Windows Media Encoder as well. And only happens with _THIS_ encoder/converter... and it looks like is _TOO_ fast to be making some conversion...

Edit3 (SOLUTION): I went to Preferences -> Reset All, then re entered the WMA configuration, and now is working again. Dunno why, but it works. 
  • Last Edit: 04 October, 2006, 10:26:50 PM by CharlyAR2

How to set up Converter for WMA 9
Reply #10
Same error repeats now and then...  "Error flushing file (Object not found) : file://C:\Documents and Settings\Carlos\My Documents\Temp\test.wma" Ideas?

Also... For what I see here... is it possible that there is no way to encode WMAPro Stereo 44Khz, 16 bits, using other bitrate that 32 or 64 kbps??? Am I missing something?

  • Egor
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Reply #11
Same error repeats now and then...  "Error flushing file (Object not found) : file://C:\Documents and Settings\Carlos\My Documents\Temp\test.wma" Ideas?

It may be due to erroneous Parameters line or due to output file name that is not accepted by WM encoding script. You can see detailed log in foobar2000 -> View -> Console.

Also... For what I see here... is it possible that there is no way to encode WMAPro Stereo 44Khz, 16 bits, using other bitrate that 32 or 64 kbps??? Am I missing something?

Yes, WMA Professional 2-ch 16-bit option is not available in VBR mode by some reason (it is available for CBR mode though). I think it is safe to use the XXX_44_2_24 option to encode your CDs as there are probably optimizations that will not waste bits. The "24" value means the maximum available resolution, I believe.

How to set up Converter for WMA 9
Reply #12
Same error repeats now and then...  "Error flushing file (Object not found) : file://C:\Documents and Settings\Carlos\My Documents\Temp\test.wma" Ideas?

It may be due to erroneous Parameters line or due to output file name that is not accepted by WM encoding script. You can see detailed log in foobar2000 -> View -> Console.

All I get is this. Any idea why?

Code: [Select]
Startup time : 0:00.128316
CLI encoder: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\WMCmd.vbs
Destination file: C:\Temp\Billie Jean.wma
cscript.exe "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\WMCmd.vbs" -silent -a_codec WMA9PRO -a_mode 3 -a_setting 256_44_6_16 -input "C:\Temp\temp-B23E339F6824BF3E7F0725747977F4F0.wav" -output "n.wma"
directory: C:\Temp\


Yes, WMA Professional 2-ch 16-bit option is not available in VBR mode by some reason (it is available for CBR mode though). I think it is safe to use the XXX_44_2_24 option to encode your CDs as there are probably optimizations that will not waste bits. The "24" value means the maximum available resolution, I believe.


Mhmmm... Worth the shot. I will run some tests... as soon as I can get it to work 

  • Egor
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Reply #13
All I get is this. Any idea why?

Hmm, just tried on my system and it returns a error "One or more codecs required to open this content could not be found. (0xC00D1B83)". Apparently, Microsoft doesn't support 6-ch WAV files that are compliant with their own standard.

How to set up Converter for WMA 9
Reply #14
All I get is this. Any idea why?

Hmm, just tried on my system and it returns a error "One or more codecs required to open this content could not be found. (0xC00D1B83)". Apparently, Microsoft doesn't support 6-ch WAV files that are compliant with their own standard.


Oh. Sh.t! 
But... the "little" detail, is that a few days ago I encoded different DTS using this configuration. Even tried the same CD again and now it doesn't work... 
  • Last Edit: 10 October, 2006, 03:46:37 PM by CharlyAR2

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Reply #15
Shoot, I found it!
Seems the real filter being used was AC3Filter, and since I've been testing the new version, I deactivated the option “Use AC3Filter for… PCM”.
But I’ll be damned if I know why this works this way. Do you?
  • Last Edit: 10 October, 2006, 04:16:35 PM by CharlyAR2

  • Egor
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Reply #16
OMG, foobar2000 doesn't write multichannel WAVs in WAVE_FORMAT_EXTENSIBLE format, it appears I was wrong about microsoft.

Then, we should [a href='index.php?showtopic=49191']ask[/a] fb2k devs to write multichannel wave files in WAVE_FORMAT_EXTENSIBLE format.

Edit: added a link to the corresponding topic in fb2k support subforum.
  • Last Edit: 10 October, 2006, 04:37:56 PM by Egor

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Reply #17
Arrggghhhhhh, now is not working again! WTF??!?!?!?!?!? 

Any idea where can I start looking? The only difference I find is that the AC3Filter tray icon appears and disapears at a very fast speed, almost flashing, when trying to convert the file. 

Edit: seems the encoding is very sensitive to AC3Filter settings and the input format resulting from that...The sollution was playing with it. If somebody wants (and tell me how to do it) I can post the AC3Filter settings here... I'm lazy abyout taking the screenshots and posting `em 
  • Last Edit: 11 October, 2006, 02:03:28 PM by CharlyAR2

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Reply #18
Also... For what I see here... is it possible that there is no way to encode WMAPro Stereo 44Khz, 16 bits, using other bitrate that 32 or 64 kbps??? Am I missing something?

Yes, WMA Professional 2-ch 16-bit option is not available in VBR mode by some reason (it is available for CBR mode though). I think it is safe to use the XXX_44_2_24 option to encode your CDs as there are probably optimizations that will not waste bits. The "24" value means the maximum available resolution, I believe.

Nope. I just tried it. Results in a much bigger file.
Looks like the only options are WMAPRO CBR or WMASTD VBR. Which do you think is better?

How to set up Converter for WMA 9
Reply #19
Yes, WMA Professional 2-ch 16-bit option is not available in VBR mode by some reason (it is available for CBR mode though). I think it is safe to use the XXX_44_2_24 option to encode your CDs as there are probably optimizations that will not waste bits. The "24" value means the maximum available resolution, I believe.

Nope. I just tried it. Results in a much bigger file.
Looks like the only options are WMAPRO CBR or WMASTD VBR. Which do you think is better?

The strange thing is that, from within Windows Media Player, the "quality" is being shown in bytes (and allows 192kbps) and not in %...



Edit: BTW, anybody knows if is there a way to use the .dts as input for WMA, WITHOUT transcoding it to .wav? After all, is not a "standard" wav either, because AC3Filter is still needed to play it...
  • Last Edit: 11 October, 2006, 02:12:25 PM by CharlyAR2

  • Egor
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Reply #20
Nope. I just tried it. Results in a much bigger file.

How did you compare?

  • ye110man
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Reply #21
Nope. I just tried it. Results in a much bigger file.

How did you compare?

16-bit CBR vs. 24-bit VBR.

  • Egor
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Reply #22
Nope. I just tried it. Results in a much bigger file.

How did you compare?

16-bit CBR vs. 24-bit VBR.

Well, it's obviously not a valid comparison.
  • Last Edit: 12 October, 2006, 02:00:53 AM by Egor

  • Aqua1ung
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Reply #23
Here's the type of error I am getting:

Code: [Select]
Source: "D:\Aqualung\Desktop\MP3\Judas Priest\07 - Victim Of Changes.flac"
  An error occured while finalizing the encoding process (Object not found) : "D:\Aqualung\Desktop\MP3\Judas Priest\1 Victim Of Changes.wma"
  Conversion failed: Object not found


1 out of 1 tracks converted with major problems.


What am I doing wrong?
  • Last Edit: 18 July, 2008, 01:29:04 PM by Aqua1ung

  • Egor
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Reply #24
Carefully verify your settings or post a screenshot of the corresponding settings window.