This page is the instructions for how to use Converter Plus (formally NAC). As this is an ongoing project, this page is subject to updates as we improve the application and workflow.
The purpose of Converter Plus is to perform a rapid DAISY conversion, requiring as little human intervention as possible. Moreover, all required interaction takes place in one simple phase, so operators need not return to the computer to complete a conversion. The interface is clean and simple, so is entirely accessible to screen readers. Independent of any particular device or platform, a conversion can be requested from virtually any web-capable device anywhere in the world. Finally, because the original audio files are not modified, the quality of the input tracks is not affected by a conversion.
After you have concluded your onboarding and training you will be assigned 30 titles a week.
Rachel will upload a spreadsheet to your dropbox that contains the URL links and the titles of your assigned books for that week. Please follow the instructions below for how to sideload a title.
If you come across an error message, stop your work. Email Rachel the full name of the project, exactly what you did to cause the error and a full copy-paste of the error. It is important that you do not paraphrase the error message, as we will need the exact wording to know what the issue is. You will have to put your Converter Plus work on hold until we solve the error.
If you have an issue with the file, such as it is not divided into proper chapters, you can pass the book to Rachel without exporting it. Please see below in
Hand to Rachel for more info.
Any questions or concerns around your work beyond this you can email Rachel directly.
It is important you go through this documentation and process carefully. This project is all about paying attention to detail and asking questions if anything is confusing.
When you have finished a book you will export it and
Send to QA to Check. The directions on how to do this are below. If there are any errors in a title you worked on, it will be passed back to you and you will receive a message on what you need to fix. If anything is unclear in this message, please reach out to Rachel directly and she will walk you through how to make the proper changes.
First, you will need to navigate to the Converter in your web browser.
Your First Name
You are now in your profile for Converter plus. On this page, you can choose to either
Add a Book or open a current project in the dropdown menu labeled
Now that you have your book uploaded you can start making any necessary changes.
You should now be on the project page that displays the file name at the top of the page with the phrase
is now open
Below you will find a list of options under
What would you like to do?
On the welcome screen, for your profile page, there is a button located just below your name and the
Log Out link. This button is titled
Turn on Batch Mode. This button is designed to save you time with downloading and exporting a large number of titles.
When you turn it on there is a beep to tell you it is on. The button will now read
Turn off Batch Mode. This indicates it is on.
When you go to upload or export a book in batch mode, Converter Plus will tell you immediately that it is uploaded. This is a bit of a trick, as it is simply setting it up for batch mode.
When you go back to the welcome screen the button will now read
Execute # of jobs. Press this button when you are ready to upload or export your titles. You can now close your browser, and when you come back the next day everything should be completed!
The most common issue that comes up with working with audiobook files in Converter Plus is having book sections joined together into a single track, or having one book section split into two tracks.
As apart of your workflow, you will need to listen to the first and last track of every book to ensure you are catching any combined sections.
Below are the directions on how to Join and Split tracks within Converter Plus.
Sometimes you will come across a book section that has been divided into two tracks. For instance, one track will start with
Chapter 1 and then the following track will just be narration with no heading being read. In this case, you can use the
Join Audio feature on the edit page in the
Set Play List section of Converter Plus.
To join two tracks:
Play Orderfunction to locate the first track that needs to be joined to the proceeding track.
Join Audio. This is the second heading on the page.
Now when you go back to the Play Order section you will see that the two tracks are now joined into a single track. You can proceed in renaming the tracks.
The most common issue with audiobooks is having the first and last tracks contain more than one book section. As part of your workflow, you will be required to listen to the first and last track and split the tracks as needed.
Some common book sections that can be combined in the first audio track are:
See the Audiobook Glossary for more info about book sections.
The end track usually will only have the Sign Off section joined to the last chapter. Most audiobooks have a Sign Off section, and if it is joined you will need to split it.
To split a track:
Play Ordersection of Converter Plus
Split Audio. This is the third heading on the page.
Play Ordersection that is titled
Sometimes the scan will not select the correct location. One common reason is there is music on the track.
If you have scanned the track and pressed play and it is not at the correct location you will have to use the slider control in the player to locate the correct location to split the track. Once you locate the correct place to split the track, press Update. Then, type in the name of that section in the
Title textbox and hit