Monday, November 28, 2005

Techie help needed - streaming audio

I have a 37 minute audio track from my message at this weekend's Youth Explosion conference that I compressed to an MP3 file, but it's still too large to post (appx. 40mb). How can I compress it further? UYWI has a 35 minute MP3 of me preaching online that's less than 5mb.

7 Comments:

At 11/29/2005 02:18:00 PM, Anonymous fernando said...

you need to reduce the sample rate. most people set it at set it at 44.1kHZ, or 48kHz. but you can set it as low as 22k for a voice-only track.

you also need to drop the bit rate. most people encode at 128kbps+ for music, but for a single voice track you can go down to 32kbps (especially for streaming).

also if you encode it as mono, that will half the file size. if you are on a mac, you can do this with itunes (go to preferences>importing and chose the podcast setting) and I think quicktime pro will also let you do this. if you are on a pc, get a mac.

hope that helps.

 
At 11/29/2005 04:04:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy Del Rio said...

Thank you! I'll work on it tonight and hopefully post the results ...

 
At 11/29/2005 04:22:00 PM, Blogger Gene said...

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At 11/29/2005 04:36:00 PM, Blogger Gene said...

Go here to download the windows media player encoder. The 32-bit is probably fine. The program should take you through the steps of streaming your audio and video files for windows media player. It will generate 2 files. The first is a file that the user sees and clicks. The 2nd is the encoded file which will be streamed. You should be able to upload both files to your ftp host server. I have an old Real Producer Program that was free at the time which can also help but I would have to email it to you. Windows Media Player is on every pc I believe. You will have to upgrade to quicktime pro. The others are free. I might have the pro version. once you do the audio you should do the same with your huge video files. good luck.

 
At 11/30/2005 10:25:00 AM, Anonymous Nick Ciske said...

Did you get the file downsized?

If not, let me know and I'll help you out.

nciske [at] gmail [dot] com

 
At 12/06/2005 05:35:00 PM, Blogger urBenLA said...

I did the UYWI one... if for some reason you need help, please e-mail me.

 
At 12/06/2005 08:31:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy Del Rio said...

We're up and running. See link above or in the sidebar. Thanks for all the tips!

 

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