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Rip4Audio - User's Guide


Mac software Rip4Audio







1. Installing and uninstalling Rip4Audio

Please read the README file that comes with the application. Or click here to download one.  Click here to download license notices.


2. Preferences

Rip4Audio is a simple application.  So there isn't much to offer in Preferences.  But let's take a quick look.  Click on the Preferences button on the Toolbar menu.  (See Screenshot 2-1.)



Mac software Rip4Audio

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Mac software Rip4Audio

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When you first launch Rip4Audio, your default export folder will be automatically set to Desktop.  And you can change it inside the box that says Default export folder.  (See Screenshot 2-2.)  Simply, click on the Set button to set a new default export folder.



Mac software Rip4Audio

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Furthermore, there are four checkboxes under the Settings tab.  If you want to check and see if there are any software updates available every time you launch Rip4Audio, enable Run update notification.  Or you can manually check it out by choosing Check Update under Rip4Audio.  If you enable Play audio when complete, you will be notified of export comletion with a chime.  You don't necessarily have to enable it.  You will know when it's done because a progress window will close itself when an export process is done.  We also suggest that you enable Show File Window.  We will tell you what it's for in a minute.  Finally, if you enable Require restart, closing Preferences will trigger the application to restart itself automatically to make sure it will read all new settings.


3. Using Rip4Audio



Mac software Rip4Audio

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Mac software Rip4Audio

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Going back to the Main screen, the first thing you need to do is drag and drop one or more movie clips onto the drop box. (See Screenshot 3-1.)  You don't have to worry about which video format is supported and which is not.  Simply, Rip4Audio will accept any file type at first, whether it's a movie file or a text document.  And Rip4Audio will tell you which is accepted and which is not.  Let's take a close look at Screenshot 3-2. If you have enabled an option that says 'Show File Window' in Preferences, File Window will pop up to the right, giving you important information on each movie clip you've attempted to import.  If it's not open, you can choose Show File Window under Window.  Or click on the button labeled File InfoStatus tells you whether or not you can rip an audio track out of the selected movie clip.  Screenshot 3-3 shows that the third movie clip is rejected.  Why?  It does not contain a movie track.  In other words, it's an audio clip.  If you temporarily send one of the imported movie clips to Trash, you will also get the same rejection symbol, suggesting that it does not exist, and the path to the selected file is invalid.  If you put it back to the original location, the status should turn into 'good.  So File Window gives you information on each file you've imported in real time, meaning the file status can change at any time.  So you won't have to quit the application when something goes wrong.  You can correct it on the spot.



Mac software Rip4Audio

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Mac software Rip4Audio

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Furthermore, the file list will give you access to a contextual menu.  Try selecting a movie clip and right-button-click on it.  If you want to remove the selected file from the list, choose Remove Media File.  (See Screenshot 3-4.)  You can also delete all files by choosing Delete All Media Files.  In addition, try selecting a file with a good status and choose Show Media Info, and you will get detailed information on the media file.  (See Screenshot 3-5.)



Mac software Rip4Audio

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Mac software Rip4Audio

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  • Audio bit rate: If the selected audio format is not AIF or WAV, you will be required to set an audio bit rate, which should be at least 96 Kbps for AAC or 128 Kbps for MP3.
  • Audio sample rate: Unless the movie has an audio track at a sample rate otherwise, you should set it to 44,100 or 48,000 MHz.
  • No. of channels: The number of channels should be set to 1 or 2.  If the movie has an audio track with 1 channel, then you have no choice but to set the number of channels to 1.


The next step is work on audio settings.  If you are running Mac OS X 10.5  Let's click on the Add button (See Screenshot 3-6.) to create an audio profile.  If you save audio profiles, you can just choose one of them from the top pull-down menu.  (See Screenshot 3-7.)  Or you can go ahead and work on audio settings below.  If you choose AIF or WAV, which are both assumed to be uncompressed, then there's no audio bit rate to set.  If you choose AAC or MP3, then you need to set an audio bit rate.  Furthermore, the file list shows the number of audio channels for each readable movie file.  You should not set the number of channels greater than what they actually have, rather less.  If one of the movie clips has 6 audio channels, as shown in Screenshot 3-7, you may want to set the number of channels to 2.  This practice is commonly called down-mixing.



Mac software Rip4Audio

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Next, let's take a good look at Screenshot 3-7 once again.  Rip4Audio has four status lights.  They'll tell you why you are not ready to rip audio tracks.


  • Status 1: Export destination - The export folder (or volume) does not exist, or the file path is invalid.
  • Status 2: Audio settings - If the light is red, then there must be something wrong with your audio settings.  A minimum bit rate is 64 Kbps.
  • Status 3: Source movie clips: You must have at least one movie clip selected in the file list.
  • Status 4: Duplicates - There is at least one set of media clips sharing the same file name.  Because Rip4Audio names a new audio clip after the original movie file, name duplicates would be a problem.


If you have all four green lights, you are good to go.  And the Export button should be clickable.  (See Screenshot 3-8.)  Clicking on it, a progress window will open.  If you want to abort the export process, simply click on the abort button on the progress window.  (See Screenshot 3-9.)  And the progress window will close itself instantly.



Mac software Rip4Audio

Screenshot 3-8


Mac software Rip4Audio

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Pretty simple to use, right?  Every time you rip audio tracks, Rip4Audio will create a folder with a unique name.  In this way, exported files would not be contaminated even when you work on the same set of audio files over and over.  In the end, you should end up having files with an extension of aac, aif, mp3 or wav, depending on the audio format you have selected.  You should be able to open any of the file types with QuickTime 7. QuickTimeX may not let you open AAC files.



Mac software Rip4Audio

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