'Ripping' MP3s for use with Light-O-Rama Products
The Light-O-Rama ShowTime Software
Suite is used to create musical sequences and it uses Microsoft’s
Windows Media Player to play and retrieve song timing. The ShowTime
Directors DC-MP3 and mDM-MP3 have their own mp3 players.
To achieve maximum flexibility using Light-O-Rama products you must
use Constant Bit Rate (CBR) MP3 files and they
should be recorded at 128 Kbps.
These settings produce a CD quality recording.
Microsoft's Windows Media Player 11 can be used to
rip CDs for both the PC ShowTime software and Show directors. Here's
how to do it:
Warning: Windows Media Player 10 has the
ability to rip CDs to MP3s, unfortunately, this is not done correctly if the
CD is ripped to 128 Kbps MP3 files. Media Player returns different
timings when the song is played in its entirety as opposed to playing a
small part of it while working in the Sequence Editor. If you are not
going to use the song on a ShowTime Director, you can rip the song at
192 Kbps with Windows Media Player 10. Here's how to do it:
Apple's iTunes: Later versions of iTunes can rip CDs and convert internal
formats to MP3. Bring up iTunes and do the following:
-> Preferences -> General tab -> Import Settings... button.
In the Import Setting box, choose MP3 Encoder, 128kbps and
To convert songs in the library to MP3s, select the
song, do the following:
Advanced -> Create MP3 Version. You can
Click File -> Show in Windows Explorer
to bring up an Explorer
window for the album. You should see the internal format and the MP3 version
of the song.
Music from On-Line Stores
If you buy songs from an online music service, these are often delivered
in a proprietary format. If you do not have a utility or function that will
convert these into MP3 files, you can burn the song(s) onto a CD and rip the
song(s) from that CD to MP3s as shown above.
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