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Easiest FREE way I've found to edit Recordings made in Windows Media Center is done using Windows Live Movie Maker (Part of the Windows Live Essentials Free Downloads) I have found that there is some technique involved in making successful edits of the recording.
Open the recording you want to edit in Movie Maker, click save and name the save file what you wish (This file just stores your edit markers and makes no changes to the original recording)
Since most recordings have some overlap, you first need to find the actual beginning and end of the recording, under tools, mark the start and end points using the buttons labeled as such. Click SAVE
Editing the commercials is done in a similiar manner. Browse thru the recording to the start point of the commercial, under tools, click the SPLIT button, then browse to the end of the commercial segment, click split again. (This separates a the commercial portion from the rest of the recording) Right click the commercial segment, Click Delete on the drop down menu and that commercial is deleted (Note the run time is adjusted to the removal point) Click save and repeat on all other commercials.
Once editing is complete, you should have about 22 minutes for a half hour show or 43 minutes for an hour show. Click Save
Here is where I drove myself crazy till I learned the trick. Once edits are saved, CLOSE movie Maker. I don't know exactly why, but I spent a week learning that no matter what I did, 90% of the time when I tried to create movie, movie maker would LOCK UP. Trial and error eventually proved that if I made my edits, then Saved and closed Movie Maker. The re-opened Movie Maker and opened the edit file, that I could then Create Movie successfully every attempt. Click File, Create Movie, and choose your format. (I use widescreen) Saving process is slow, about the length of the show or 1% per minute. This creates a .WMV file about 1/3 the size of the original.
I once had a similar problem. I found that it was a faulty driver for my Creative Labs Sound Basster X-FI sound card. If it is a sound card/driver issue, then it should show up playing other *.wav, mp3 etc. files. So, it's always good to see if you have the most recent drivers for your sound card. Also check your cables and inputs/outputs. It's not a good idea to connect to the "mic in" on the computer.
The other possibility is whether you have a "clean" recording of the mix. You would have to copy the sound file to a cd disc or onto a USB flash drive and see how it plays on another computer. If it is in the actual recording there is some pretty decent software out there to removed the unwanted sounds. I use Magix's Audio Cleaning Lab (www.magix.com) which offers multiple ways to remove unwanted sounds from various mmedia; the best being through a spectral analysis of the recording (sounds heavy but it's actually pretty simple).
Are you certain that you're recording in MP3 format?That large file size seems much like .wav files than .mp3 thing.
But if that's really .mp3 file,you may need to adjust the bit rate&sampling rate.Typically, 12 kbps and 44.1 KHz would be a good starting point.
And about shrinking files you've already done,try file convert software(s) around the web(try Google it).Too many of them to recommend here.But I personally use Wavepad Sound Editor for record,edit and save files in various format. http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/index.html
Do a system restore: follow these steps: 1. Click start > programs >accesories > system tools > system restore.
A page will come out. Click on Restore My Computer TO AN earlier time. Click Next. Click on the date when you were not having the problem. Then follow the remaining instructions which will be shown on the screen and wait for it to reboot.
You need an audio editor. I suggest either Audacity or the wavepad audio editor. Both are freeware. Download, install any of them, open your file with this audio editor and keep what you need. The maximum duration for audio cd is 74 minutes.
In case of a problem or clarification, don't hesitate to post.
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