[MPlayer-users] play only first 30 seconds of a song

rwk at americom.com rwk at americom.com
Mon Apr 5 23:29:47 CEST 2004

> > This is the wrong direction...  I want to convert the first 30
> > seconds of a VBR .mp3 file to .wav.  Is this possible with mplayer or
> > mencoder?
> I don't think so, no. MEncoder is a video encoder, not an audio encoder.
> About the best you can do is
> mencoder -oac pcm -novideo -endpos 30 filename.mp3 -o filename.avi
> and then
> mplayer -vo null -vc dummy -dumpaudio -dumpfile filename.wav filename.avi
> but that's clunky, by no means guaranteed to work, and you ought to be
> able to do it more easily and perhaps better with a program which is
> actually intended to do audio encoding, rather than one which does it as
> a side thing to make video encoding work easier.

Any suggestions for a definitive audio encoder?

Of course I use lame for the .mp3 output but it also does not have this


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