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Start by using your favorite file manager to drag an existing file onto the Acoustica desktop icon. It’ll open with the file displayed and ready to use. Drag other files to the workspace, which can contain several audio editing windows, CD projects, or Cleaning Wizard projects--even mixed ones. Don’t overdo it without a feature to save your current project.
Most of my work is with digital video, helping users of Movie Maker and other apps make personal videos and get them to places like DVDs, YouTube, and personal websites. Many clips from my camcorder need some audio fixing. Wind noise is common, as are snaps, crackles, and pops from whenever the camcorder is touched during shooting.
My files are typically already on the computer and I’m often in video editing apps when I notice audio in need of fixing or enhancing. My experience with audio utilities is with free tools such as Audacity, which opens audio files but not videos. Common steps are to rip the audio track from the video and convert it as needed to get it into the audio editor. When I'm done with the fixing and enhancing, the audio track goes back into the movie-making app.
Acoustica’s drop-down list of file types includes AVI and WMV files--the commonly used file types for DV and Windows Media Video compressed files.
My first test was to drag four movie files to the workspace:
• Type II DV-AVI file
• Newer type I DV-AVI file
• Movie in WMV format saved by Microsoft Movie Maker
• Story in .wmv format saved by Microsoft Photo Story 3
Acoustica is outstanding in this feature. It accepted each; ripping and conversion isn’t needed.
The space bar is the keyboard hotkey to play and pause the selected item, as expected by users of multimedia apps. What's Not:
The lack of a project saving feature is a disappointment. The workspace can contain several audio editing windows, CD projects, or Cleaning Wizard projects, but none of them can be saved to a work-in-process project file for usual "save and save often" purposes, or to take a break and pick up a project later. With the more robust interface and extra features, a project save option is more desired.
Copy/paste from a file manager into the workspace doesn’t work, but the preferred drag and drop is sufficient.
The name of the open file is visible at the top of each window, but I couldn’t find info about the full path. With my ever-growing gaggle of external drives and the ability to work across a network, such info is more important than it used to be.