# Re: Get_iplayer no longer converts to m4a

```The warning about the ffmpeg version needs to be eliminated. The ffmpeg
binary shipped with GiP x64 for Windows 7 yields:-```
```
ffmpeg version 4.2.3 Copyright (c) 2000-2020 the FFmpeg developers
built with gcc 9.3.1 (GCC) 20200523

If that checks out then, for completeness it would be worth checking
it's signature:-

If you don't already have a hash checker then this one will do:
https://github.com/gurnec/HashCheck/releases

This installs an extension for Windows Explorer (accessed via file-
>right-click->Properties).

Then check any of the following by copy/paste into the search box:-

SHA256:
a96c7e32296f49cb34c399903ab96c19b72389dab034b1f2028a82eff8e94f0d
MD5: 942feaf806dcc04b8ae33745bbee99fd
SHA3-256:

Does any of this check-out?

On Mon, 2022-06-06 at 10:00 +0000, Jonathan Bryden wrote:
> Hi
>
> Thanks so much for all your ideas - unfortunately no success so far.
>
> file before stopping.
>
> With TV programmes I also get the following text
>
> WARNING: ffmpeg 2.5 or higher is required to convert HLS downloads to
> MP4
> WARNING: Use --raw to bypass MP4 conversion and retain .ts file
> WARNING: Use --ffmpeg-force to override checks and force MP4
> conversion attempt-
>
> So I tried using the --fmpeg-force command but the result is the
> same.
>
> Only the first path C:\Program Files (x86)\get_iplayer was in my PATH
> statement but I added :\Program Files (x86)\get_iplayer\utils\bin as
> suggested and tested it with the ffmeg.exe which works.
>
> I have not installed or uninstalled any software or hardware since
> the problem first appeared and there are no files quarantined by my
> AV software.
>
> This is a mystery to me - any further ideas would be most welcome...
>
> Many thanks
>
> Jonathan
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: xanda escuyer <xa...@gmx.co.uk>
> Sent: 05 June 2022 19:45
> To: Jonathan Bryden <jonat...@speedbird.uk.net>; Steve Rochford
> <steve.rochf...@outlook.com>
> Subject: Re: Get_iplayer no longer converts to m4a
>
> Does the same happen with a TV programme or is it radio only?
>
> If the ffmpeg binary is still present under the install directory for
> get_iplayer, then a couple of things to try are:-
>
> 1st/ Is the binary in the %PATH% environment variable? Type 'path'
> from a cmd line to see; it ought to contain one or both of the
> following:-
>
> C:\Program Files\get_iplayer;C:\Program Files\get_iplayer\utils\bin
>
> If it doesn't then try adding them with the command:-
>
> path=%path%;C:\Program Files\get_iplayer;C:\Program
> Files\get_iplayer\utils\bin;
>
> NB: The second path (the part pointing to \bin) is not added by the
> installer as standard.
>
> 2nd/ Is the binary intact? Once the %PATH% variable is setup, running
> ffmpeg.exe (without args) from the prompt should be enough to see.
>
> Does this help?
>
> On Sun, 2022-06-05 at 16:31 +0000, Jonathan Bryden wrote:
> > Hi Steve,
> >
> > Many thanks for your message.
> >
> > I checked my installation folder and I do have the folder you
> > mention
> > - it contains ffmpeg.exe and AtomicParsley.exe
> >
> > I should perhaps have mentioned that the download works in that I
> > get
> > a .ts file which certainly contains all the audio data as I can
> > open
> > in Audacity and export it as a .wav or whatever which is a
> > workaround,
> > but hopefully we can find out what the problem is and fix it!
> >
> > Best wishes
> >
> > Jonathan
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Steve Rochford <steve.rochf...@outlook.com>
> > Sent: 05 June 2022 17:26
> > To: Jonathan Bryden <jonat...@speedbird.uk.net>;
> > Subject: Re: Get_iplayer no longer converts to m4a
> >
> > That line in the Perl script is part of the run_cmd function which
> > calls all the external programs. I think that it will be calling
> > ffmpeg to carry out the audio conversion and if that's missing then
> > the conversion will fail.
> >
> > I don't understand most of the Perl script (there's a reason it's
> > sometimes called a "write-only" language) but I think that one of
> > the
> > first thing that happens in get_iplayer is a check for ffmpeg so
> > I'm
> > not sure how this is succeeding if ffmpeg is missing.
> >
> > On my install, there's a folder C:\Program
> > Files\get_iplayer\utils\bin
> > which contains ffmpeg.exe - do you have a similar folder?
> >
> > Steve
> >
> >
> > behalf
> > of Jonathan Bryden <jonat...@speedbird.uk.net>
> > Sent: 05 June 2022 16:03
> > To:
> > Subject: Get_iplayer no longer converts to m4a
> >
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > Much to my surprise this morning I had the following error message
> >
> > INFO: Converting to M4A
> > open3: IO::Pipe: Can't spawn-NOWAIT: No such file or directory at
> > C:\Program Files (x86)\get_iplayer\get_iplayer.pl line 2120.
> >
> > This is not a message I have seen before. Having tried restarting
> > get the same problem.
> >
> > A little internet research has suggested the issue may be related
> > to
> > the PATH in the system environment variables though I am not aware
> > of
> > any changes made since yesterday.
> >
> > I have compared the machine to another and there seems to be no
> > difference in the portion of the PATH that points to get_iplayer
> > (i.e.
> > ...C:\Program Files (x86)\get_iplayer)
> >
> > The PC is running 64bit Windows 7.
> >
> > I would appreciate any suggestions and am happy to supply any other
> > information if required.
> >
> > Many thanks
> >
> > Jonathan
> >
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