Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Attempting to filter out the annoying Vuvuzela with MPlayer

So, just followed an Slashdot link that got me to a lifehacker post about removing the infamous Vuvuzela sound from the FIFA 2010 worldcup broadcasts by equalizing out ~250 and ~500 Hz respectively. Now, as some of you might know, with MPlayer -af equalizer you can attempt such procedure.

Here is a quick cmd line for you to try out:

mplayer -af resample=192000,equalizer=0:0:0:-12:-12:0:0:0:0:0 [someavfile]

The resampling is almost guaranteed to be needed, otherwise the equalizer will throw away everything above your original material's sample rate. You might also want to try out sinesupress from the -af filters, let me know if you get any better results with that approach.

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