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Hi,

I am using the sync feature to get a selection of my library to an SD card to be played back in my car.

It all works great, however, the car's player does not support FLAC format. Is there any way to specify supported formats during the sync and the unsupported ones to be transcoded?

Also, I am using musicbrainz to organize my library and it has a great option to restrict filenames to only contain ASCII characters - helps compatability quite a bit. Is this possible with nightingdale?

Otherwise thanks for your great work!!
(10-03-2013, 11:02 PM)petr_k Wrote: [ -> ]It all works great, however, the car's player does not support FLAC format. Is there any way to specify supported formats during the sync and the unsupported ones to be transcoded?

There is no stable transcode feature, but there is a experimental version allowing power users to link their own transcoding tools, you may grab the source here. I use it successfully for your exact use case (flac to mp3) on windows. I also attached a extension file of the current revision (most locales removed there, due to compatibility reasons).

You can find the feature in the convert-tab of the profile settings, given you enabled it in the first profile tab. Feel free to ask here if you run into issues. Again - this is a feature for power users and requires that you have a transcoding environment set up already (but it is not limited to a specific transcoding environment, I use xiph's flac and lame, in case you're asking).

(10-03-2013, 11:02 PM)petr_k Wrote: [ -> ]restrict filenames to only contain ASCII characters
That is kind of possible. You can blacklist characters in the profile's advanced preferences.
(10-04-2013, 08:00 AM)rsjtdrjgfuzkfg Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-03-2013, 11:02 PM)petr_k Wrote: [ -> ]It all works great, however, the car's player does not support FLAC format. Is there any way to specify supported formats during the sync and the unsupported ones to be transcoded?

There is no stable transcode feature, but there is a experimental version allowing power users to link their own transcoding tools, you may grab the source here. I use it successfully for your exact use case (flac to mp3) on windows. I also attached a extension file of the current revision (most locales removed there, due to compatibility reasons).

You can find the feature in the convert-tab of the profile settings, given you enabled it in the first profile tab. Feel free to ask here if you run into issues. Again - this is a feature for power users and requires that you have a transcoding environment set up already (but it is not limited to a specific transcoding environment, I use xiph's flac and lame, in case you're asking).

Thank you very much! I can see the profile tab there, now just find a suitable trans-coder and plug it all in&together.

Any advice on a cross-platform tool with good coded support?

(10-04-2013, 08:00 AM)rsjtdrjgfuzkfg Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-03-2013, 11:02 PM)petr_k Wrote: [ -> ]restrict filenames to only contain ASCII characters
That is kind of possible. You can blacklist characters in the profile's advanced preferences.
That is great, however, is there any automated way I can use to maybe replace those characters with their ascii equivallent? i.e. č will become c etc. It is done automatically for my library by the Musicbrainz Picard
(10-18-2013, 01:43 AM)petr_k Wrote: [ -> ]Any advice on a cross-platform tool with good coded support?
I simply take lame and flac directly, they should be available cross-platform.


(10-18-2013, 01:43 AM)petr_k Wrote: [ -> ]is there any automated way I can use to maybe replace those characters with their ascii equivallent? i.e. č will become c etc. It is done automatically for my library by the Musicbrainz Picard
Currently that is not possible, sorry.
We should probably roll that addon into the player eventually...

On windows and mac, I could see a case for including the common transcoders out there...on Linux, linking to them makes more sense, with maybe a firstrun trying to find them automatically.
(10-21-2013, 08:41 AM)ilikenwf Wrote: [ -> ]We should probably roll that addon into the player eventually...

On windows and mac, I could see a case for including the common transcoders out there...on Linux, linking to them makes more sense, with maybe a firstrun trying to find them automatically.

I know that this feature is nice to have. However in its current implementation I think users will struggle a lot, as it requires some power user knowledge in doing that kind of stuff. We could of course do some presets and move the "real" controls into the experts tab (or hide them somewhere else)... that would, however, be platform-specific. If you know how to detect all the tools and want to contribute good conversion batch files, I'd be glad to merge them back into the add-on (I should really put it on the ng-addons repo, as Songbird is dead now... ping me if you need to access it and I did not find time for that yet).