10. November 2006 · Comments Off on Saved by S.U.P.E.R. · Categories: Technologies

Got an audio file that Audacity can’t import?  Got a video file and need to grab the audio off it for a podcast?  Did you ask the sound guys at your conference to record the speakers onto DVD — and they created a DVD with VOB files?

The last was my situation yesterday.  Having inadvertently deleted an audio file I recorded at the Global Summit, I dipped into the DVDs expecting data DVDs and found they’d been formatted as DVD DVDs.

Fortunately a co-worker heard my cries and came to the rescue. (Okay, I was whinging in the kitchen, but the end result was the same.)

Enter – SUPER (c) or Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer. SUPER is a freeware, proprietary software package that can play and convert video files to a huge range of other formats, can play and save Internet Media Streams. 

The download was a little slow – 25 MB took about 7 minutes – and the web site is a bit daggy looking, but don’t let that put you off. 

Once you’ve installed it, the program pops open, you adjust the settings and just drag in your file on top of it.  Conversion happens!

SUPER (c) merits a lot deeper exploration and I look forward to playing with it some more.

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