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Batch Encoding

When encoding numerous source files or encoding to multiple bit rates and formats from a single source file, you can save time by using a process called batch encoding. Now that you’ve fine-tuned your settings, batch encoding tools speed the process by allowing the creation of encoding templates. This makes it possible to avoid re-entering the same parameters every time you encode. Programs that do batch encoding also often include extra audio optimization features.

For example, you could take a single uncompressed digital audio file and enter all your encoding information, press OK, and walk away. Returning several hours (or maybe a day) later, you’d find all of your on-demand MP3, Windows Media, RealMedia, and QuickTime files encoded in several bit rates, ready to be uploaded to your streaming or Web server. Batch encoding many files can be time consuming, but encoding those files individually will take even longer. You could set your computer to encode everything overnight thereby freeing you to work on other tasks (or even sleep!). The time it takes to batch encode depends on your computer’s processing speed, the size of the source song files, the way the files are being encoded (to what settings, formats, and so on) and, of course, the number of files you are authoring.


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