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Finished Programs / Re: DONE: automated mp3 rip from video clip
« on: October 21, 2015, 02:29 PM »
Been using video2mp3 some time now and find it very handy, so big thanks to Skwire. Nowadays MP4 videos apparently can have more than one audio track - I was watching a movie that has Japanese and English audio tracks. Using video2mp3 I was able to extract just the first, Japanese audio track but not the second, English one. Would it be possible to add an option to INI-file where user could specify the number of the audio track to be extracted? Don't know if this requires newer mencoder or if it can do it at all. Would be cool if this app could stay up-to-date and working since it's so handy and useful.
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Ps. Just to explain - I'm not running some big pirating scheme or something like that... I like sci-fi so what I do is I extract the audio track from my favorite movies (Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell etc) and listen to them while biking and so on - it's a little bit like a radio play, there's the music score and I often find new nuances to the movies I've SEEN many times.

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What Dopus does sounds like the typical preview function some Linux file managers do - they play the audio while you hover your pointer over the file. Quite convenient.
But wondering would this be a stumbling block in explorer as well - IIUC you want it to integrate directly with explorer initially, but you then want it to stick to that folder - and ignore whatever you're now doing in explorer...
Aforementioned players 1by1 and Resonic both do this quite elegantly. They keep playing the file while you browse around.

If the player I envisioned had a separate back-end for playback then it would play peacefully the folder or track list it was fed by the front-end as the user would browse around in the explorer, until it would be interrupted by new track list from front-end.

I tried Looper and I really like the simplicity and clarity of its design, but it was clearly made for something else.
But... it made me wonder if it would be possible to write a small BASS-based player that actually had no visible interface (or maybe just a tray icon). It could accept a file or list of files or a folder as a track list and play that until it was executed again with new file (or list or folder) OR with a command line switch to go to previous or next file (-p, -n etc) in the active track list, to pause or to stop (=exit). It should be capable of creating a simple Windows .lnk file which would point to the currently playing file in the file system. It should delete the shortcut file after it stops playing that file. And that would be it - with this small program it would be already possible to do something I envisioned.

BR,
G.

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Thanks for all the feedback and let me address some of the points mentioned.
Most of the audio players I've used have had some form of minimal control interface - for example XMPlay (http://support.xmplay.com/), 1by1 (http://mpesch3.de1.cc/1by1.html), Apollo (http://apollo.capacala.com/), Snackamp (http://snackamp.sourceforge.net/) and Trout by DC's very own Skwire has two! Also the classic, Winamp, had minibar mode; in general, many players out there stay out of your way nicely - old but good STP (http://www.softpedia...STP-MP3-Player.shtml), TrayPLay (http://chime.tv/products/trayplay.shtml) and probably many others I have forgotten.
So there is a lot to choose from and they all do the 'stay-out-of-your-way' thing very well. But they all lack basic things like sorting my collection based on file (modification) date and they duplicate many things Windows Explorer can do maybe even better and users have already accustomed to using. I have accumulated over the years hundreds of gigabytes of music and as the filesystem actually IS a database it seems redundant loading all this info into players database that then also occupies my disk space, the database also needs to be updated and the player still won't recognize when and if I have downloaded some new (free! like http://www.ektoplazm.com/) music. Player interfaces are often not native Windows and they also occupy screen real-estate, memory etc.
So this idea of player integrated (at least by it's control interface) into Windows XP explorer have slowly creeped into my head. It should be no hack, IMO, so no interface-hooking. What got me thinking it was possible was that I have installed some Windows Explorer add-on toolbars, lastly Explorer Breadcrumbs (http://www.howtogeek...umbs-for-windows-xp/) which made me think that there is a legit way to add toolbars to Explorer. This is also explained some here: http://msdn.microsof...82%28v=vs.85%29.aspx , http://msdn.microsof...9.aspx#unknown_73276 , http://msdn.microsof...36%28v=vs.85%29.aspx to mention few. I just can't program (I've tried repeatedly, I blame the genes ;) so I'm not sure how difficult those things, explained there, are, but it seems there is a legit interface to do it in Explorer. Windows XP Explorer, that is, mainly. Because I think XP is still the best, most efficient, stable i.e. usable Windows there is. Also, I tend to get overly attached to some hardware, sometimes, so I need to use older (but still modern) OS's.
Other way to approach it maybe is to use just links/shortcuts and a player that allows itself to be controlled by executing control commands with it's executable. There are programs out there that do it, Mplayer (at least in Linux), maybe also VLC? But they both are overkill for this. Optimal would be a command line or (optionally) hidden-interface audio player that allows itself to be controlled with command line switches and would be able to output Windows shortcut files to files it is playing.
I stop now. Probably TL;DR already...

BR,
G.

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ANY feedback would be nice at this point - it's too complicated, it's impossible, it's been done already, it's stupid... anything...
Nobody else would like to just browse through their music collection and play a track when they find a one they like, right there, without starting any snazzy players etc?

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Hi,

I've been searching for the 'perfect' audio player my whole life... sad, eh? Well, maybe there isn't actually ONE that is always perfect, but there are some things I know I like. I have ended up using 1by1 (http://mpesch3.de1.cc/1by1.html) which is almost perfect, but it crashes. I've twiddled with it quite a bit, but to no avail. Also, it duplicates Windows Explorer interface, which is kind of redundant. Foobar is too rigid because of it's roots and heritage, it's 'take it like it is or leave it'.
I've seen many different toolbars and gadgets made for Windows (XP) Explorer that enhance its functionality, but none to play media files straight in explorer window. In my wet dreams there would be a small toolbar (Explorer allows 3rd party toolbars to be added) that shows regular playback buttons - play/pause, prev, next, file name, maybe time elapsed/remained/total, bitrate etc. It could be without any configuration interface - registry keys or .ini file can be manually edited that one time when you set it up, or .reg files could be used. It would play the file that is selected in Explorer when 'play' is pressed, 'next' would play next in that folder etc. One could browse around in Explorer while the player would play files from the folder it was started from, when it reaches the end of the folder it would play next folder (configurable option). It would be nice if it could play files and folders based on sorting criteria that user has selected in Explorer - alphabetically, size, modification date etc. When clicking on playing file name (or extra button) on the toolbar it would take user to the folder where currently playing file resides. All other things, like ID-tag editing, file operations, searching etc can be done with Explorer functionality or existing Explorer add-ons. It could use internal codecs, system codecs (ACM, FFA etc) or codec libraries in specific folder (Bass, mpglib etc); which one to use could be user configurable. It would be simple and perfect. In attached sketch there's the bare minimum of the idea, no explorer tree visible etc but I hope it brings some clarity to my rambling.

PS. In addition to or in place of the player toolbar (if it's too difficult to implement) maybe player controls in Explorer's right-click menu? Many programs put stuff in that menu, why not audio player controls and some info on the track playing there? Take a look at my second sketch.

PS.PS. I've found another, new player that plays from explorer-like interface - Resonic at http://resonic.at/ . But it's alpha quality and although  it looks attractive it's quite slow on older hardware. The interface pretty much duplicates Windows Explorer interface, only it's slower, and adds huge visualisation of waveform which I have no practical use for... And it only sorts folders alphabetically. So the same theme is done again, but also with same mistakes/shortcomings.

BR,
G.

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