Convert audio files to mp3 using ffmpeg

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I need to convert audio files to mp3 using ffmpeg.

When I write the command as ffmpeg -i audio.ogg -acodec mp3 newfile.mp3, I get the error:

FFmpeg version 0.5.2, Copyright (c) 2000-2009 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
  configuration: 
  libavutil     49.15. 0 / 49.15. 0
  libavcodec    52.20. 1 / 52.20. 1
  libavformat   52.31. 0 / 52.31. 0
  libavdevice   52. 1. 0 / 52. 1. 0
  built on Jun 24 2010 14:56:20, gcc: 4.4.1
Input #0, mp3, from 'ZHRE.mp3':
  Duration: 00:04:12.52, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 208 kb/s
    Stream #0.0: Audio: mp3, 44100 Hz, stereo, s16, 256 kb/s
Output #0, mp3, to 'audio.mp3':
    Stream #0.0: Audio: 0x0000, 44100 Hz, stereo, s16, 64 kb/s
Stream mapping:
  Stream #0.0 -> #0.0
Unsupported codec for output stream #0.0

I also ran this command:

 ffmpeg -formats | grep mp3

and got this in response:

FFmpeg version 0.5.2, Copyright (c) 2000-2009 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
  configuration: 
  libavutil     49.15. 0 / 49.15. 0
  libavcodec    52.20. 1 / 52.20. 1
  libavformat   52.31. 0 / 52.31. 0
  libavdevice   52. 1. 0 / 52. 1. 0
  built on Jun 24 2010 14:56:20, gcc: 4.4.1
 DE mp3             MPEG audio layer 3
 D A    mp3             MP3 (MPEG audio layer 3)
 D A    mp3adu          ADU (Application Data Unit) MP3 (MPEG audio layer 3)
 D A    mp3on4          MP3onMP4
 text2movsub remove_extra noise mov2textsub mp3decomp mp3comp mjpegadump imxdump h264_mp4toannexb dump_extra

I guess that the mp3 codec isn't installed. Am I on the right track here?

Best Solution

You could use this command:

ffmpeg -i input.wav -vn -ar 44100 -ac 2 -b:a 192k output.mp3

Explanation of the used arguments in this example:

  • -i - input file

  • -vn - Disable video, to make sure no video (including album cover image) is included if the source would be a video file

  • -ar - Set the audio sampling frequency. For output streams it is set by default to the frequency of the corresponding input stream. For input streams this option only makes sense for audio grabbing devices and raw demuxers and is mapped to the corresponding demuxer options.

  • -ac - Set the number of audio channels. For output streams it is set by default to the number of input audio channels. For input streams this option only makes sense for audio grabbing devices and raw demuxers and is mapped to the corresponding demuxer options. So used here to make sure it is stereo (2 channels)

  • -b:a - Converts the audio bitrate to be exact 192kbit per second

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