Use FDK AAC encode/decode instead of FAAC?

Asked by Benjamin Williams on 2017-12-08

I think that more recent versions of Ubuntu have newer versions of the gstreamer-plugins-bad1.0 package, which include the Fraunhofer FDK AAC encoding and decoding libraries libgstfdkaacenc.so and libgstfdkaacdec.so. I'm not an expert on audio codecs, but I believe the FDK AAC codec is thought to be superior to FAAC.

Might it be worth including FDK AAC as an available element in soundconverter (perhaps after checking that a new enough version of GStreamer is in use)? Or is AAC encoding on the back-burner for now?

I'm happy to do the spadework, in the form of a new branch, if you'd be receptive to a PR.

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