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Nero to support AAC MPEG-2/4 encoding

Written by Lasse Penttinen @ 18 Nov 2002 11:08 User comments (2)

Ahead Software has released it's plans to include AAC encoder to the upcoming Nero revisions. Ahead Software has shown interest to new formats before - long time ago they were the first (and the only one?) major software label to support the not-so-good VQF encoding.
But where is the OGG Vorbis support, as they could freely implement it?

GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 2002--Ahead Software, creators of the world-renowned CD/DVD recording software Nero, have announced plans to integrate full MPEG-4 audio support (AAC -- Advanced Audio Coding) within Nero Burning ROM.

Available soon as a downloadable plug-in, the Nero AAC encoder is the result of extensive in-house development work by Ahead in MPEG-4 technology.

The Nero AAC encoder will be capable of more than 10X real time encoding, therefore allowing a user to rip and encode a complete CD in around 7 minutes. Optimized for the latest CPU's including the Intel P4, MMX, SSE, and SSE2 -- Nero AAC is fully compliant with both MPEG-2 AAC as well as MPEG-4 AAC, and features 16-448 Kbits/s bit rate, constant and variable, with a special fit-to-size option.

AAC Advanced audio coding is high-quality audio coding technology with broadcast and electronic music distribution applications. Independent tests have proven the coding efficiency of AAC to be superior to MP3 and other perceptual audio coders, providing superior audio reproduction at lower bit rates.

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2 user comments

118.11.2002 11:38

They sure *could* implement ogg support at zero cost (license-wise) , but unless there is more support for outboard hardware support (set top players), ogg playback would still be restricted to computer-only usage. -- Mike --

219.11.2002 1:33

I'm supprised Nero has left out OGG as OGG has it 1.0 and they already have VQF implemented; a codec that's gone extinct a long time ago! With an OGG plugin, it would allow its users to create legacy Audio CDs from OGG tracks or vice versa. I would say that AAC is better suited as an Audio Codec for an MPEG 4 video stream rather than a music only codec, just like MPEG-2 Audio is typically used with MPEG-2 Video.

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