So, let's say I have a pile of a couple thousand .aifs all nice and pretty with Soundminer metadata perfectly intact. But for one reason or another, these .aifs need to be converted to .wavs. Is there a way to perform such a conversion so that I don't have to manually re-enter or cut, copy, and paste all the metadata from the .aifs to the .wavs?
So here's the process that wound up working:
- Use Barbabatch to create new .wav versions of the offending .aifs
- Create a new database in Soundminer of offending .aifs
- Export the .aif metadata as a text file from Soundminer
- Open the text file in Word, Find and Replace all instances of ".aif, .AIF, .aiff or .AIFF" with ".wav"
- Save the new .wav metadata text doc
- Create new folder in Finder named "Old AIFS of Library" move all the old .aifs there
- Put new .wav files in the folder where the old aifs used to be
- Create a new database in Soundminer of the new, metadata-less .wav files
- Merge the .wav Word doc metadata file with the new .wav file database
- Happiness :o)
There were a couple issues the first time through. Barbabatch doesn't recognize four letter file extensions (.aiff) or capital letter file extensions (.AIF) and so we wound up with files named "soundeffect.AIF.wav" which didn't correspond to the changes that were made in the spreadsheet. So about 3/4 of the files worked. Once we figured out the situation there were about 30 files had to be edited by hand and re-copied. Far better than the 2,200 that we were facing.
I haven't tested this specific application, but I know that izotope RX doesn't mess with the soundminer metadata in wav files when I edit stuff after it's already been added to my library.
It has a batch process function, so it certainly could work.
this one's gonna be difficult, because the metadata is contained in the header of the file (which is being altered when you convert it from one format to another). is there no process in soundminer to handle that for you? if not, i know the support team over at soundminer is really good, maybe they can point you in the right direction.
monkey tools "sound grinder" works great and preserves metadata just fine