Audio Players or... more silence at end?

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Post by thistlechick » January 16th, 2006, 7:51 am

we've had several comments lately regarding files being truncated ... the reason has been that the listener was using Real Player which apparently chops off the ends of a file.... Is there any problem with the beginnings being chopped off too?

Two potential solutions:

1) Make a note somewhere that indicates Librivox's preferred (and non-preferred) audio players (possibly on the "How to Listen" page).

2) Figure out just how many seconds are truncated by Real Player and make a point of requiring X number of seconds of silence at the end of each future recording.
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Post by hugh » January 16th, 2006, 9:03 am

let's go with B and put a note with A.

mandatory 5 seconds silence at end of file! that should do it.

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Post by LibraryLady » January 16th, 2006, 1:23 pm

I always do 5 seconds to be safe. But this does seem to be something that most readers forget to do.
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Post by hugh » January 16th, 2006, 1:30 pm

including me. :)

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Post by vee » January 16th, 2006, 2:04 pm

Oops. I've been cropping the audio as close to the end as possible. hmm...I'll have to rework a few things.
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Post by pberinstein » January 16th, 2006, 6:23 pm

We had this problem a few months ago and decided to leave some silence at the end. However, now I think it would be better just not to use RealPlayer. Even I don't remember to leave the dead air, and I was the one who discovered the problem.
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Post by kayray » January 16th, 2006, 6:55 pm

We've had "please leave a few moments of silence at the end of your recording" in our recording notes forever. But it's really hard to enforce :)

At least we all know what to say when people report this problem!

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Post by thistlechick » January 16th, 2006, 7:27 pm

5 seconds is a really looooong time too....
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Post by kayray » January 16th, 2006, 7:29 pm

yeah, 5 seconds is maybe overkill... Paula only noticed a problem on one of those files that she was collecting... whatever book that was, and I _know_ no one left five seconds. It's probably only an issue if the file is clipped really close to the end. I think "a few moments" is probably good enough.
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Post by thistlechick » January 16th, 2006, 7:31 pm

hmm... i wonder if Chris can build us a "moment" checker to include in the Validator?
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Post by vee » January 17th, 2006, 8:37 am

It all depends on how we define silence. It might be easier for the valildator to just add 2 seconds of silence to the end of every file. 5 seconds my be overdoing it.
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