Save audio files into a smaller MP3 format to add to your ePortfolio


AUDACITY: Save audio files into a smaller MP3 format to add to your ePortfolio

ePortfolios (CampusPress) will only allow you to upload 50MB files to your site. Following creation of audio files in Audacity, it’s likely your file will be too large so in order to be able to upload it to your ePortfolio you will need to reduce the file size by exporting the file as an MP3 instead of a WAV.  Alternatively, you can upload it to a free sharing platform and then embed it into your site – see guidance below for embedding videos.

Exporting an MP3 File in Audacity

  1. In Audacity, click File
  2. Select Export
  3. Give the file a meaningful name
  4. In Save as Type select MP3 as the file type
  5. If you get a message saying you need the Lame encoder view the information below
  6. Click Save
  7. A table will appear but you don’t need to add in any data here if you prefer not to
  8. Click OK
  9. You should then find your file in the location you saved it to

Adding the LAME MP3 Encoder

When you use the File > Export option to attempt to save your track as MP3, you may get to a point at which the software informs you that it needs lame_enc.dll. In order to create MP3 files with Audacity, you will need to add the LAME encoder to your personal computer.

  1. When you get the message shown in the image below click Download
  2. On the download page – directly underneath “For FFMpeg/LAME on Windows”, left-click the link Lame v3.99.3 for Windows.exe and save the file anywhere on your computer
  3. Double click on the file Lame v3.99.3 for Windows.exe to launch it
  4. Follow the set up instructions to install it. Make sure not to change the offered install location – it should be C:\Program Files\LAME for Audacity
  5. Return to Audacity and use the Export option (see steps above) to create a new MP3

Click here for guidance on embedding your audio file into ePortfolio.

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