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Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: Wags
Date: January 10, 2024 09:24PM
About 2 years ago I loaded a couple audio files from an old all original Jazz Fusion band I was in circa late 70's. Had no issues. It's just the audio in m4a format (got it from one of the former bandmates) plus a scan of an old pic for the visual.

Now I'd like redo it with a better scan of the pic and maybe add the rest of the songs, but it won't take the upload now. Somewhere between a couple years ago and now I guess they stopped allowing m4a files?

Been stumbling around online trying out apps but it's PIA. Any way around this? Don't really want to buy an app just for this, but I will if necessary. Got 13 tunes, total 79 min.
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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: Black
Date: January 10, 2024 10:12PM
I looove Adapter. You can convert them in one batch.
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(caveat- I'm not 100% sure about m4a... I'd think MP3 320k "highest" quality would be your output of choice)
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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: hal
Date: January 10, 2024 10:19PM
I just searched it out - seems newish...

Supported file formats:
MP3 audio in MP3/WAV container
PCM audio in WAV container
AAC audio in MOV container
FLAC audio

[support.google.com]
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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: Wags
Date: January 10, 2024 10:40PM
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Black
I looove Adapter. You can convert them in one batch.
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(caveat- I'm not 100% sure about m4a... I'd think MP3 320k "highest" quality would be your output of choice)

Converted to .avi, supposedly supported, keeps throwing errors during processing. I'm doing something wrong but I don't know what.
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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: Wags
Date: January 10, 2024 10:41PM
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hal
I just searched it out - seems newish...

Supported file formats:
MP3 audio in MP3/WAV container
PCM audio in WAV container
AAC audio in MOV container
FLAC audio

[support.google.com]

What do they mean "container" and how do I get my audio file and a pic in it?
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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: Rolando
Date: January 10, 2024 11:57PM
I recall a 20 mnute limit for "new" users, so unless you have many uploads, that could be the issue



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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: DP
Date: January 11, 2024 06:38AM
I had that issue before but used VLC to convert to a .wav format.





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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 11, 2024 10:34AM
What do they mean "container" and how do I get my audio file and a pic in it?


Container is the file type, which is often referred to as a wrapper for the audio signal.

The 'wrapper' can be removed and the audio signal put in a different one.

To me that just means an audio file can be converted from one file type to another.

Beyond that, I have no idea how to combine a pic and an audio file.

The file type of the pic would probably make a difference.

Maybe find a video on The Tube that has a pic, download it and see what it's made of?






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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: Black
Date: January 11, 2024 10:44AM
Oh sorry I forgot you need it to be a video format. iSquint used to be pretty handy, no idea if it's kept up (haven't needed to convert a video file in a few years)
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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: hal
Date: January 11, 2024 11:50AM
Don't worry about 'wrappers' - if you don't know what it is, you won't care about it.

If you want to post music on YT with a single pic, upload the mp3, wav or whatever and then select a pic from your computer to upload - you'll be walked through the process on yt.

If you want a bunch of pics, create a movie in imove using the audio as the soundtrack then upload the movie.
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Re: Help loading m4a audio file to YouTube
Posted by: Wags
Date: January 11, 2024 01:41PM
Thank for all tips. I can’t remember exactly how I loaded them originally. I probably should use iMovie.
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