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Audio Players or... more silence at end?

Posted: January 16th, 2006, 7:51 am
by thistlechick
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.

Posted: January 16th, 2006, 9:03 am
by hugh
let's go with B and put a note with A.

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

Posted: January 16th, 2006, 1:23 pm
by LibraryLady
I always do 5 seconds to be safe. But this does seem to be something that most readers forget to do.

Posted: January 16th, 2006, 1:30 pm
by hugh
including me. :)

Posted: January 16th, 2006, 2:04 pm
by vee
Oops. I've been cropping the audio as close to the end as possible. hmm...I'll have to rework a few things.


Posted: January 16th, 2006, 6:23 pm
by pberinstein
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.

Posted: January 16th, 2006, 6:55 pm
by kayray
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!


Posted: January 16th, 2006, 7:27 pm
by thistlechick
5 seconds is a really looooong time too....

Posted: January 16th, 2006, 7:29 pm
by kayray
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.

Posted: January 16th, 2006, 7:31 pm
by thistlechick
hmm... i wonder if Chris can build us a "moment" checker to include in the Validator?

Posted: January 17th, 2006, 8:37 am
by vee
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.