Old 05-22-2019, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default MPEG4 file convert to MP3 in REAPER

I have a music file which is in MPEG4 format. Apparently Reaper doesn't play well with this type of file, when I try to migrate it into a track it won't go and is labeled as "offline". I saw something about a REAPER program called "LAME" which is supposed to convert the file to a usable MP3 format. How do I use this program or is there some other way to do this?
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Reaper forums !

MPEG4 usually is Video ?!??!?

Lame is not a "program", but a free library that comes with Reaper and is used by same for creating mp3.

Reaper can convert the media files of the tracks by choosing this in the "File" menu.

But as an alternative source file encoding for a project I wo9uld not use mp3 but some uncompressed or losslessly format like wav or flac.

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Old 05-23-2019, 08:42 AM   #3
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I have a music file which is in MPEG4 format. Apparently Reaper doesn't play well with this type of file, when I try to migrate it into a track it won't go and is labeled as "offline".
To me this sounds like more of a 'missing codec' issue when trying to import this file format.

One option is to install VLC in the same bit-version as your Reaper version, so Reaper has access to these audio/video codecs:
  • Reaper 32-bit: VLC 32-bit
  • Reaper 64-bit: VLC 64-bit
More info here:

Another option is to convert the MPEG4 file with an external converter application to a different format first before importing it into Reaper.
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:20 AM   #4
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^^ What Solger said.

You can use the Convert/Save function in VLC Media Player to extract audio from video files, I've used it quite a bit in the past, works great.
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