This is Release Candidate 1 for Speex 1.0. The only new feature (yes, I know beta4 was supposed to be feature-complete) is a very low bitrate (3.95 kbps) mode for narrowband. This release also fixes a number of bugs, including a fix for low-bitrate wideband encoding—however, this fix adds high-frequency noise during the decoding of beta4 and earlier data. Finally, the WAV handling is more robust and handles undocumented extensions better. The goal is to release RC2 in early February, and if all goes well (no major bugs are found), release 1.0 before March. For more details, including how you can make 1.0 better, see the Roadmap.
Still no word as to whether the next Vorbis decoder update will incorporate Speex, or when is might arrive... but any progress is welcome.
Wow, that's quick! I haven't even had time to the the announcement myself QuoteStill no word as to whether the next Vorbis decoder update will incorporate Speex, or when is might arrive... but any progress is welcome. I guess you mean "integration with Ogg tools" because Vorbis itself will never support Speex. There's currently some work being done to make ogg123 decode Speex files, but I can't say when it will be released.
About Vorbis/Vorbis tools supporting Speex, what I mean is that an integrated decoder which could be used in hardware devices (still thinking of efforts to adapt Tremor for an iRiver circuit board...) would be nice, so that such devices could also play Speex-encoded files. Any chance of this?
(the only application I see is audio book)
Quote(the only application I see is audio book)... exactly.
Do you mean Speex is gonna be part of Ogg soon?!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!! how will that work exactly? will all bitrates under like 20 be handled by Speex or something? or will the encoder simply sence if this is a spoken word recording and if the bitrate requested is real low, it will use speex.
Updated Win32 binaries of speexenc, speexdec and speexdrop are at my 'Others' page at Mirror 1.
only speex drop is up, the binaries aren't
and what am i supposed to set "number of frames per ogg packet" at? i never heard of this feature before.
so does that mean future ogg decoders (like the winamp ogg input plugin) will be able to play speex files that are in ogg containers?
(snip miscellaneous confusion about plugins)
As for the header frames thingamajig... how do i know if it is being problematic?
Recently, other projects have started using the ogg container for their formats, instead of having to invent some container format of their own. Speex uses an ogg container, and FLAC is transitioning from its own container format to ogg.
But there will be increased Ogg FLAC support in the Ogg tools (e.g. I believe oggenc already accepts FLAC now) and I will be adding the missing features (like seeking) to libOggFLAC.Josh
Yes, it seems to work, but am unable to test it as I have no plugin for winamp to play spx files..... Does such a plugin exist? Where can I get it from?Please reply, anyone............