Changing an audio file format

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I am trying to change an M4A file to an MP3 in order to edit it in Adobe Premiere Elements 18. When I drop the file into the editior it says: Importer has reported a generic error message.

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If PrE won't work with the file you will have to use another program to do the conversion

 

I'm not sure, but VLC may do that http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html 

 

Or find some other conversion program

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"M4A" suggests it might be from Apple through iTunes.  If so, you may be running into copyright/lock issues from Apple that will block use in software like Premiere Elements.   Another (free) program that may help is Audacity.  It is a highly rated audio editing program. 

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Don't convert it to mp3.  Convert it to wav.  Premiere Elements sometimes behaves wonky with mp3 files.

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