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Author Topic: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)  (Read 16124 times)

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N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« on: December 22, 2012, 02:19:08 AM »
NANY 2013 RAT - Renegade Audio Transcoder

Application Name RAT - Renegade Audio Transcoder
Version v0.2
Short Description Transcodes audio and video files into FLAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, or OGG audio files.
Supported OSes Windows
Web Page You're looking at it! :D
Download Link Download RAT
System Requirements
  • .NET 4
  • DirectX 9+
Version History
  • v0.2 - Added MKV and FLV support (via FFMPEG), improved UI with a few tweaks
  • Initial release - no history (v0.1)
Author Renegade : http://renegademinds.com/ or http://cynic.me/


Description
RAT is a very simple audio transcoder. It hides all the complexity of file formats and options, and instead outputs high quality audio files. It accepts both audio files and video files as input.

The UI is extremely minimalistic, and only accepts file input from drag & drop or the command line. File open/save buttons were deemed just too much clutter and completely unnecessary.

While it's obviously not for professional use, the settings are chosen with high quality in mind, but slight roll backs where processing times don't justify any additional small improvements in quality, or where the same holds true for file sizes.

The main benefit is that it is impossibly easy to use. If you have a brain cell, you can use it without any problems. There is ZERO complexity. Even files are automatically named:

RAT-Encoded_<filename>.<ext>

They are saved in the same folder as the original.


Features
The program supports the following output formats:

  • FLAC
  • MP3
  • WMA
  • WAV
  • OGG

Input support includes most audio formats and several popular video formats, e.g. AVI and MP4. More can be added upon request -- please include a test file though.

Supported input formats currently include:

  • AIF
  • AIFF
  • AVI
  • CDA
  • FLAC
  • FLV (added in v0.2)
  • M4A
  • MKV (added in v0.2)
  • MP1
  • MP2
  • MP3
  • MP4
  • OGG
  • WAV
  • WMA
  • WMV

** NOTE ** The actual program supports more than it allows for user input, and user input is limited. e.g. You cannot transcode an APE file, but it actually supports APE. These limits were artificially imposed because I do not have test files for some formats, e.g. APE.

Planned Features
No additional features are planned at the moment. Perhaps if it is popular enough, I may entertain adding in some bells & whistles. If you want more formats supported, tell me and give me a file to test with.

Screenshots
Drag & drop a file onto RAT:

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Choose an output format:

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Click for a quick transcoding:

Screenshot - 2012-12-22 , 7_04_02 PM.png

Screencast of Usage
Quick illustration of transcoding AVI, MP3 and M4A files (video is in HD so you can see easier):



Usage
Installation
Unzip the RAT.zip file, then run the RAT.exe file. No installation required. (You must have .NET 4 installed.)

Using the Application
The program is extremely simple to use. You only need 1 brain cell over and above the brain cell you use to breathe with. Well, unless you can hold your breath for 5 seconds... ;)

1) Drag & drop an audio or video file onto it.
2) Choose an output format.
3) Click the "Encode Now!" button.

Your new audio file is placed in the same directory as your original. It is named "RAT-Encoded_..." with the remainder being the original file name.

Uninstallation
Delete the RAT folder. No uninstallation required.

Tips
It accepts a command line argument:

rat.exe "full path to input file" [output format: flac|wav|ogg|mp3|wma]

e.g.:

rat.exe "c:\some\path\to\a\video.avi" wav
rat.exe "c:\some\path\to\a\music file.mp3" ogg

But, you still need to click the button.

It also supports CDs. Just drag & drop the CDA file onto the program. You'll need to choose an output folder. The default is the "My Music" folder.
 

Known Issues
No known issues.

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« Last Edit: January 15, 2014, 09:33:23 AM by Renegade, Reason: Updated to v0.2 - New video format support, UI tweaks | 2014-01-16 Updated download link »

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 - RAT - Renegade Audio Transcoder
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2012, 02:19:38 AM »
Release Notes:

v0.1
- Initial Release

v0.2
- Added: Support for MKV and FLV video file input
- Tweaks: Minor UI improvements
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« Last Edit: December 26, 2012, 10:00:39 PM by Renegade »

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 - RAT - Renegade Audio Transcoder
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 04:11:34 AM »
Just exactly what I need! Thank you very much!  :D

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 - RAT - Renegade Audio Transcoder
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2012, 06:31:13 AM »
Great entry, thanks! :Thmbsup:

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 - RAT - Renegade Audio Transcoder
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2012, 06:46:46 AM »
@Renegade - Anybody ever tell you there are times when you're awesome? :Thmbsup:

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 - RAT - Renegade Audio Transcoder
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2012, 07:15:20 AM »
Nice :Thmbsup:

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 - RAT - Renegade Audio Transcoder
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2012, 08:33:03 AM »
Please do give me some feedback. It's all gold. :)

As for:

@Renegade - Anybody ever tell you there are times when you're awesome? :Thmbsup:

Yeah, I'm caustic at times, but I try to keep most of that in the Basement. ;)

Just vistit the basement to see how I piss people off~! ;D (Or make people happy - depending on your view point.) ;)
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2012, 10:08:17 PM »
Bump. v0.2 now. Added in MKV and FLV support.
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2012, 08:19:28 AM »
Awesome utility, Ren!

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2012, 08:15:29 AM »
Awesome utility, Ren!

Thank you!

I don't think most people know how much it means to us programmers/authors when someone says that! Greatly appreciated! :D

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2013, 03:49:35 PM »
I totally understand...

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2014, 09:37:51 AM »
OMG! Someone noticed that I'd not uploaded it to the new site and emailed me!  :huh:
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2014, 10:10:00 AM »
Wow, I completely missed this last year -
it's something I could well use too - thanks for bumping Ren :Thmbsup:
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2014, 08:49:52 AM »
Why didn't I know about this application? I'm really surprised I haven't seen it before, it is right up my alley! The simplicity, the spot-on-target, the high quality, the easy use while still very useful. I am impressed!

Well done, Renegade, really well done!  :up:

Should there be another version that doesn't rename, but maybe creates a subfolder?  :-\  I know I would go for such a version, because right now I will have to rename the transcoded files.

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2014, 08:59:55 AM »
nice, didn't even realize this was here!  great, especially for video!

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2014, 11:28:58 PM »
Why didn't I know about this application? I'm really surprised I haven't seen it before, it is right up my alley! The simplicity, the spot-on-target, the high quality, the easy use while still very useful. I am impressed!

Well done, Renegade, really well done!  :up:

Thank you! :)

Should there be another version that doesn't rename, but maybe creates a subfolder?  :-\  I know I would go for such a version, because right now I will have to rename the transcoded files.

Hmm... I'll check that out when I get back to it.

I'm currently working on some other audio software, and may use some of what I'm doing now to spice up RAT a bit.

nice, didn't even realize this was here!  great, especially for video!

Video is really what I wanted it for. There are some music videos that I've downloaded from Youtube (all subversive anti-establiment stuff), but they're MP4 or FLV, so this lets me rip the audio out and put it in a regular music player.
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