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    How may I compare the .FLACs in a folder with the .M4As in the same folder?

    I want to select each FLAC for which there exists an M4A having the otherwise same folder/filename, so I may delete those FLACs en masse.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by chrisjj; 24-May-2010, 09:36 AM.

  • #2
    Hello,

    Beyond Compare 3 is designed to load two folders side by side and then run a comparison on the aligned files. It is not designed to search for duplicate files within a single folder.

    As a workaround/hack, however, you can load the same folder on both sides, and then create an Alignment Override (Pro version feature) in the Session menu -> Session Settings -> Misc tab for:
    *.flac = *.m4a
    The override should then prioritize aligning flac to m4a files over the matching flac files.
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    • #3
      > Beyond Compare 3 is designed to load two folders side by side

      Not two here - one folder on two sides.

      > It is not designed to search for duplicate files within a single folder.

      Not duplicates, here - two files with different content and extensions.

      > As a workaround/hack, however, you can load the same folder on both
      > sides, and then create an Alignment Override (Pro version feature) in the
      > Session menu -> Session Settings -> Misc tab for:
      > *.flac = *.m4a
      > The override should then prioritize aligning flac to m4a files over the
      > matching flac files.

      Thanks, but that doesn't work - whereever there a FLAC on left with no M4A on right, BC3 shows a match with a FLAC on right e.g.: EDIT: http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/1530/picid.png
      Last edited by chrisjj; 24-May-2010, 04:54 PM.

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      • #4
        Workaround found:

        1) Add Alignment Override *FLAC / *.M4A as per Aaron's suggestion
        2) Set file filter to *.M4A - this causes only .FLAC / .M4U pairs to show
        3) Click Select All Files and press SHIFT-LeftArrow - http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/1358/picg.png
        4) Press Delete


        Thanks BC! And Aaron.

        EDIT: Ooops, I spoke too soon. That false-includes any M4A not paired by a FLAC.

        EDIT: Oh dear, now I find even 1) is not reliable - its pairing seems unstable. WHereas previously I did get FLAC <> M4A, now I get FLAC <> FLAC and M4A <> M4A: http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/4092/picb.png . Any ideas, anyone?
        Last edited by chrisjj; 24-May-2010, 07:18 PM.

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