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

The Wanderer inverseparadox at comcast.net
Tue Apr 6 18:52:15 CEST 2004

rwk at americom.com wrote:

>>> 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?

Nope. I haven't found anything for Linux offhand, though now that I
think about it I seem to remember my brother's having used something
which while perhaps not definitive could certainly do this job... I'll
have to ask him about it when he gets off work.

       The Wanderer

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