[vorbis] FREE at last
giles at snow.ashlu.bc.ca
Sun Oct 8 11:05:38 PDT 2000
On Sun, 8 Oct 2000, Aleksandar Dovnikovic wrote:
> > Now a question about VORBIS
> > I wonder when the next release of VORBIS is sheduled for?
> > Are there gonna be some more options to choose from (like LAME)?
> > Joint stereo perhaps?
> Yes, I would like to know that too.
> Monty, can you supply us with some answers?
Last I spoke with monty, the features on the todo list for vorbis 1.0
Channel Coupling. Meaning joint stereo and hopefully also (joint)
Cascading support. This is the promised 'bitrate peeling' feature for
trivial transcoding to lower bitrates.
Lower-bitrate Modes. Combines with the above.
I don't know that there's any firm schedule for this, beyond the
aforementioned new year deadline from mp3 licensing. The above will
probably take at least a two months together though, so I don't expect 1.0
before December at the earliest. Unless they punt. :)
Makes sense to release another couple of betas in the meantime though. We
could actually do a beta3 real soon with just the bug fixes and code
re-org from the postbeta2 branch, but I'd wait until one of the above
features is added.
It would also be nice if we could get stream-description metadata in there
as well, if only to make it a less traumatic upgrade when tarkin happens.
For my part, I'm just not sure Robert and I will have anything stable by
then. Some help with it would be greatly appreciated! :) We seem to
generally have consensus on the metadata elements, but not on how to
encode them, and I don't have a good handle on what we need to support in
the stream-description part.
If we do it the way I want to, we need mng and xml substream support at
least, to span the required feature set, as it were. See my todo list at
http://snow.ashlu.bc.ca/ogg/todo.html for details.
Hope that helps,
giles at ashlu.bc.ca
*crackle* The Director is a Humpback whale. Hold all calls. *crackle*
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