Edit an mp3 with quicktime

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  1. ScotRobson macrumors 6502

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    Hi

    I have an mp3 that i want to use as my mobile phone ring tone. However I want the song to start at a certain point.

    I opened the file in quick time and cut the beginning of the song i dont want out, then saved the file. The problem is it no longer saves as an mp3, it has now saved as a movie file.

    Any ideas how i could do this?

    Thanks
     
  2. HiRez macrumors 603

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    You can use the Export... menu item in QuickTime Player, using "Sound as AIFF" (uncompressed audio), then have iTunes convert it to an MP3 (Advanced menu).
     
  3. davegoody macrumors 6502

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    Easier ways to do this !

    I frequently do this EXACT thing to put ringtones onto my V3 RAZR. I downloaded an excellent shareware app called MP3 Trimmer (search on google - it comes out on top). It clips MP3 Files without re-encoding so is very quick.
     
  4. ScotRobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well the export option in quicktime is greyed out. So i will have a look at mp3 trimmer

    Thanks a lot
    Scot
     
  5. ScotRobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, my mistake - its not actually an mp3 as i bought it off iTunes - so mp3 trimmer will not work- its an mp4

    Any other ideas?
     
  6. stoid macrumors 601

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    iMovie might be your best bet. Export under Expert settings and turn off the video portion.
     
  7. ScotRobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Im terible with iMove, i find it really complicated and have never been able to use it.

    Anyway, im trying. Ive imported my movie file and nothing changes in iMovie - Ive looked for Expert settings and cant find it anyway.

    The only option i can see is an extract audio in the advanced drop down but that is greyed out.

    Also my iMovie project shows that it lasts for 00.00 and when i press play i dont hear anything. It looked like it imported properly as i got a blue progress bar.

    I cant believe this is proving to be so difficult, I would have thought it to be an easy task
     
  8. HiRez macrumors 603

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    OK, the Export options must require QuickTime Pro to be installed, however, there is no problem with saving a movie. as iTunes will read them fine. Do this:

    1. Open in QuickTime Player.
    2. Set in and out points and Trim.
    3. Save As (and select Make Self-Contained in the save dialog).
    4. Drag that movie into iTunes.
    5. In iTunes, select it and choose Convert To MP3 from the Advanced menu (requires MP3 to be set as the import format first in the Preferences window).

    I tried this and it works fine (on 10.3.8).
     
  9. ScotRobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi thanks for your reply, I tried this and it was working until i asked itunes to conver to mp3 - i was told protected files can't be changed. As i bought the file from itunes music store so i guess im screwed.

    Its a shame that i cant use my own music that i have bought to put on my own mobile phone only in an edited format :(
     
  10. Punani macrumors regular

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    JHymn can strip the DRM off the file.

    Hymn Project
     
  11. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Search for Jhymn on Google.

    I will say no more... it is backup software.... but it does a bit more than that. Not illegal, mind you. Just don't feel like bending forum rules.
     
  12. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    or burn the file to a cd, then drag the AIF track off the cd and edit that in Quicktime.

    Lee Tom
     
  13. HiRez macrumors 603

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    That's the easiest way. With the fidelity you're going to get on a cel phone, you'll never notice.
     
  14. ScotRobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, so how do I do that?

    I've copied the mp4 onto a disc but its still an mp4. was something meant to happen to it?

    Do I have to use a certain type of disc aswell?
     
  15. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You need to burn the CD from iTunes (not the Finder). Before you burn another CD ensure that you have iTunes set to burn Audio CDs (not Data or MP3). This is set via the Burning tab on iTunes preferences. Note that although MP3 CD sounds like the option you want I don't think that iTunes will let you get an unprotected MP3 from a protected file that way, although it will let you burn a normal audio CD and then rip that to MP3.
     
  16. ScotRobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    GREAT :D Thats worked I now have it in mp3 and it is copying to my phone right now.

    Thanks for all your help guys.

    Its strange because something always seems so difficult but in the end there is always a very simple solution.

    Thanks again everyone
    Scot
     

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