Orban Opticodec-PC 1020 File Encoder

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Summary

AAC/HE-AAC/aacPlus™ File Encoding from Orban — The World Leader in Transmission Audio Processing for Radio, Television, and DBS Broadcasting.

Now Supports:

MPEG-2 ADTS
MPEG-4 ISMA
MPEG-4 3GPP

Features

3 Versions to Choose From:

Personal
Professional
Enterprise

Opticodec-PC FE is highly capable MPEG-4 AAC/aacPlus™ software for high quality audio file encoding. Opticodec-PC FE offers the most important feature that the basic netcaster is looking for in a file-encoding product — entertainment-quality sound at economical file sizes.

Opticodec-PC FE software lets you supply files encoded with the Coding Technologies® AAC / HE AAC / aacPlus codec, widely acknowledged as offering the highest available audio quality at the lowest possible bit rate. AAC/aacPlus™ is changing the way that low bitrate audio is perceived. For a given bitrate, it sonically outperforms any other codec currently available. Compared to MP3, Opticodec-PC’s aacPlus codec provides a better than 60% improvement in audio quality versus bit rate, reducing network streaming bandwidth requirements and costs accordingly. At 32 kbps, Opticodec-PC streams offer close to FM quality, without the phasey, watery character of other popular codecs operating at this bit rate. Many listeners prefer the audio quality of 48 kbps streams to FM and other codecs.

Files encoded with Opticodec-PC can be experienced through RealPlayer® 10, QuickTime 6.5, or Winamp 5.08 as well as Apple iTunes and iPods® and all other AAC/aacPlus-enabled 3GPP cellular devices. Opticodec-PC FE is ideal for podcasters and can even encode ringtones, which are now an important new source of revenue for production houses.

Opticodec-PC FE is available for Microsoft Windows® XP/2003 Server. It is available in three versions, ranging from the Personal edition for light users all the way to the Enterprise edition, which is an industrial-strength batchable tool for users with heavy production requirements. Uncompromised MPEG-4 and 3GPP support means that whatever the target device or server, Opticodec-PC file encoder will create a correctly hinted file that plays right every time, while tagging options ensure that your target audience will see the title and artist on their PC’s or mobile cellular devices.

Orban’s Optimod-PC audio processor on a PC card is an excellent companion for Opticodec-PC FE. For the last 30 years, Orban’s patented Optimod technology has helped radio and television broadcasters everywhere shape their sound to grab and hold their listening audiences. Orban’s Optimod-PC 1100, a professional PCI sound card designed for streaming media, provides “genuine radio”™ audio processing for Internet broadcasters. With three on-board DSP’s providing equalization, AGC, multi-band compression, and look-ahead limiting, Optimod-PC 1100, especially when combined with aacPlus encoding technology, delivers a polished and produced stream that has the same loudness, consistency, and punch as satellite and major-market FM radio.

Optimod-PC ordinarily processes the output file for consistency and punch, but it also comes with presets that allow it to do simple protection limiting. In addition to sound card and audio processing functionality, Optimod-PC is also a capable mixer, having one stereo analog input, two AES3 / SPDIF digital inputs, and one wave input, all of which can be mixed. Thanks to onboard sample rate converters, the two digital inputs can accept and mix asynchronous sources. In practice, the four inputs might be used for a local feed, a network feed, a voice channel, and a wave player, making Optimod-PC the heart of a “desktop production studio.” Thanks to separate “processed” and “unprocessed” mixers, any of the inputs in any combination can be processed or passed directly to the input of Opticodec-PC without processing — the user can always choose how much processing (if any) to apply to the audio.

The marketplace has been screaming for broadcast quality from low bit-rate Internet streaming and audio file serving. For the first time in this young industry, combining Optimod audio processing with Opticodec-PC makes it possible to offer the sonic texture of major-market FM broadcasting via the Internet. Low bitrate Internet audio is red hot, and Opticodec-PC is the fuel that puts you ahead of the pack.

Features

FREE players include RealNetworks RealPlayer, Apple QuickTime, and Nullsoft Winamp, among others.
Most efficient audio codec currently available.
Most natural sounding lossy audio codec currently available.
Provides higher audio quality for a given bitrate than other audio codecs.
Fewer audible coding artifacts for a given bitrate than other audio codecs.
Dramatically superior to MP3 and WMA.
AAC is the choice for the number 1 music download service: Apple iTunes.
aacPlus is the choice for standards-based 3GPP mobile streaming.
Minimizes network bandwidth and storage costs.
When used with Optimod-PC, Opticodec-PC provides true entertainment-grade audio quality.
High quality, bandwidth efficient podcasting.
Available in three versions: Personal, Professional, and Enterprise.

Personal Version

Microsoft Windows XP/2003 Server Application.
Graphical user interface uses standard Microsoft Windows menu structures for ease of learning and use.
Supports any high quality Microsoft Windows Sound Card. May be used with Optimod-PC professional signal processing sound card.
Up to 128kbps bitrate using aacPlus codec.
Up to 320kbps bitrate using AAC codec.
Uses linear PCM .wav file input or direct capture from sound device for the best quality.
Creates MPEG-2/MPEG-4 compliant AAC/aacPlus Files.
Apple iTunes/iPod AAC/aacPlus portable player compatible.
Winamp 5.09 compatible.
File asset tagging.

Professional Version

Microsoft Windows XP/2003 Server Application.
Graphical user interface uses standard Microsoft Windows menu structures for ease of learning and use.
Console user interface supports batch file execution to enable easy launching and automation.
Supports any high quality Microsoft Windows Sound Card. May be used with Optimod-PC professional signal processing sound card.
Up to 128kbps bitrate using aacPlus codec.
Up to 320kbps bitrate using AAC codec.
Uses linear PCM .wav file input or direct capture from sound device for the best quality.
Creates MPEG-2/MPEG-4 compliant AAC/aacPlus files.
Creates MPEG-4 hinted AAC/aacPlus files for streaming servers.
Apple iTunes/iPod AAC/aacPlus portable player compatible.
Winamp 5.09 compatible.
File asset tagging.

Enterprise Version

Microsoft Windows XP/2003 Server Application.
Graphical user interface uses standard Microsoft Windows menu structures for ease of learning and use.
Console user interface supports batch file execution to enable easy launching and automation.
Supports any high quality Microsoft Windows Sound Card. May be used with Optimod-PC professional signal processing sound card.
Up to 128kbps bitrate using aacPlus codec.
Up to 320kbps bitrate using AAC codec.
Uses linear PCM .wav file input or direct capture from sound device for the best quality.
Creates MPEG-2/MPEG-4 compliant AAC/aacPlus files.
Creates MPEG-4 hinted AAC/aacPlus files for streaming servers.
Creates 3GPP compliant AAC/aacPlus files for mobile devices.
Creates 3GPP hinted AAC/aacPlus files for mobile streaming servers for on-demand delivery.
Apple iTunes/iPod AAC/aacPlus portable player compatible.
Winamp 5.09 compatible.
3GPP mobile device compatible.
File asset tagging.

Technical Specification

Technical Specification

Compatible Players:

MPEG-4 ISMA
RTSP/RTP Streaming
RealNetworks® RealPlayer® 10 and above
AAC/HE-AAC/aacPlus
Apple Computer® QuickTime® Player 6.0 and above
Apple Computer® iTunes/iPod
AAC Audio Streams; Currently does not support HE-AAC/aacPlus
Will play AAC portion of HE-AAC/aacPlus streams
VLC
MPEG-2 ADTS
RealNetworks® RealPlayer® 10 and above
AAC/HE-AAC/aacPlus
HTTP/ICY Streaming
Nullsoft Winamp 5.05 and above
Foobar2000
VLC
3GPP Mobile
Several Mobile PDAs and Cellular Telephones

FE Version – File Edition
Personal / Professional / Enterprise Versions

Computer

Minimum System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows® XP
Intel Pentium II 400MHz, RAM 128MB, 256MB recommended.
Microsoft Windows® Server 2003
Intel Pentium III 500MHz, RAM 128MB, 256MB recommended.
This specification denotes the minimum CPU power necessary to control one OPTIMOD-PC card with external audio sources and one instance of the OPTICODEC-PC encoder. Additional cards, audio player, and/or encoder software will require additional CPU power.

Processor and Chipset: This software has been tested and qualified with Intel CPU and chipsets.

Sound Device:

An optional Windows sound device is required for audio capture. An Orban Optimod-PC 1100 audio processor / sound card is recommended for processing files for on-demand services.

Interface:

Graphical User Interface (GUI), standard Microsoft Windows
Command Line Interface (CLI), supports batch file execution for easy launching and automation capability.

Encoder

Codec Technology:

MPEG-2 AAC ADTS
ISO/IEC 13818-7
MPEG-4 AAC
ISO/IEC 14496-3
http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/amm/techinf/aac/index.html

MPEG-4 HE-AAC / aacPlus v1 / aacPlus v2
ISO/IEC 14496-3 : Amd-1 : Amd-2
http://www.codingtechnologies.com

Sample Rates:

24kHz, 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz

Bit Rates (kbps):

8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 128, 160, 192, 224, 256, 320

Number of Channels:

1-Mono
2-Stereo

Coding Options:

Optimize for Voice

Encoder Instances per Computer:

1 Speed:
1 Minute Stereo PCM file Encodes to 32kbps/44.1kHz:
1 Minute Stereo PCM file Encodes to 48kbps/44.1kHz:
1 Minute Stereo PCM file Encodes to 64kbps/44.1kHz:

Input Audio Source

Microsoft Windows or Virtual Sound Device required for direct audio capture encoding.

Input File Formats

Linear PCM [.wav] Linear PCM Broadcast Wave Format [.bwf]

Output File Formats

MPEG-2 : ISO/IEC 13818-7
ADTS [.aac] ADTS – ID3v2 Tag [.aac]

MPEG-4 : ISO/IEC 14496-1/3/12/14
MPEG-4 [.mp4] MPEG-4 Hinted ISMA [RFC-3640] [.mp4] MPEG-4 QT Tag [iPod/iTunes] [.m4a] MPEG-4 QT Tag Hinted ISMA [RFC-3640] [iPod/iTunes] [.m4a]

3GPP : ISO/IEC 14496-1/3/12/14
Enterprise Version Only
3GPP [.3gp] 3GPP 3GP Tag [.3gp] 3GPP Hinted LATM [RFC-3016] [.3gp] 3GPP 3GP Tag Hinted LATM [RFC-3016] [.3gp]

Asset Tagging:

Title and Copyright Information
ID3v2 Version 3
MPEG-4
3GPP

Accepts XML formatted Input
METERING/STATUS INDICATION

Graphical Interface:

File Processing – Individual – Progress Bar
File Processing – Total – Progress Bar
Audio Capture Level, True Accurate Peak Indicating

Console Interface:

File Processing Status

LOG File

Functions:

Enable/Disable
ASCII Text
Log File Size Specifier

Content:

Encoding and Error Reporting

Compatible Servers for Streaming Applications
Server Requirements – RTSP/RTP Unicast:
Free Darwin Streaming Server 5.0 or later
http://developer.apple.com/darwin/projects/streaming/

Server Platform – RTSP/RTP Unicast:
http://developer.apple.com/darwin/projects/streaming/
Available for Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional/Server, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later Server and Proxy, Red Hat Linux 9, FreeBSD, Sun Solaris 9

Server Requirements – HTTP/ICY SHOUTcast:
Free Nullsoft SHOUTcast DNAS 1.9.4 or later
http://www.shoutcast.com/download/serve.phtml

Server Platform – HTTP/ICY SHOUTcast:
http://www.shoutcast.com/download/serve.phtml
Available for Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional/Server, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Red Hat Linux 9, FreeBSD, Sun Solaris 9

Server Requirements – HTTP/ICY Icecast2:
Free Icecast2 Server 2.2.0 or later
http://www.icecast.org/download.php

Server Platform – HTTP/ICY Icecast2:
http://www.icecast.org/download.php
Available for Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional/Server, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Red Hat Linux 9, FreeBSD, Sun Solaris 9

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