View Single Post
Old 23rd October 2010, 11:21   #8
Forum King
MrSinatra's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: WKPS, State College
Posts: 5,633
Send a message via AIM to MrSinatra
Originally Posted by Koopa View Post
The main advantage of VBRFix is, that you can force it to rewrite the header, while MP3Val only repairs things, which it has detected as wrong.

MP3Val can fix some more issues in the files, MP3Val also works with CBR files as well, I never tried VBRFix with CBR files, tbh.
the link helps explain what it does, although in some cases i think it just masks the issue... meaning it says "fixed" but things might not be better:

...still, it should address my primary concern, or so i hope, of making scans of files as fast and reliable as possible. and it did fix the one file i had in winamp that previously reported 00 length and no bitrate in the ML (but still played).

Originally Posted by Koopa View Post
Usually MP3Val does the main job for me. MP3Val is very fast and does a great job, though I had 4 or 5 files in the past, where I had to use VBRFix to force a rewrite of the header, because MP3Val wasn't able to find anything wrong.

The best you can do, is scanning files with MP3Val, and if it shouldn't fix the problem, you still can open your copy of VBRFix and force a rewrite of the header.

One thing I'd recommend is, that you always let MP3Val create backup files. If you've checked the fixed files, you then still can manually delete the backup.
mp3val found a lot of files for me that needed fixing, mostly downloaded ones. i'd say of the "bad files" about 90% were downloaded, while only 10% were my own rips. thats significant, b/c of my 45k files, less than 10% are of the downloaded type!

now, here's the weird case...

i have a SRV albumwrap file that mp3val claims to have fixed, (different from the other 00 one i mentioned earlier) yet it STILL won't play in winamp, even though it WILL play in WMP. i find it shocking that WMP can play a file winamp can't. my friend has the same file, and i made him confirm that it won't play in his winamp either, but it does play in his WMP too.

so i don't know why that is, or how to fix it? i installed VBRfix, but i can't make heads or tails of the damn thing, and i'm not sure its even meant to screw with CBR files to begin with.

so basically, i want to know how to make this file work in winamp, AND how to use VBRfix, and if it can work on CBR files.


ps. more of the same:

BUG #1 = Winamp skips short tracks
Wish #1 = Multiple Column Sorting
Wish #2 = Add TCMP/Compilation editing

Last edited by MrSinatra; 23rd October 2010 at 11:26. Reason: ps
MrSinatra is offline   Reply With Quote