[vlc-devel] Is AAC support enabled in VLC 1.0.0-rc4 ffmpeg (MacOS X)?

Andre-John Mas ajmas at sympatico.ca
Thu Jun 25 20:30:19 CEST 2009

That is certainly an issue and makes encoding to MPEG4 a little  
awkward, since it means using an audio codec that is not necessarily  
supported by other players. I am not sure how I would sort this out.  
It should be noted that this introduces a usability issue, in that the  
user can select AAC as an audio to encode to, but it will fail in all  

I am not blaming you for the situation, since your hands are bound. In  
fact IMHO the blame goes to the people making a standards based video  
format that is patent encumbered.

The only solution I can think of in the short term is to be able to  
specify the path to an alternative ffmpeg binary that the user may  
have compiled, such as via MacPorts or fink.


On 25-Jun-2009, at 12:24, Felix Paul Kühne wrote:

> Am 25.06.2009 um 16:17 schrieb Andre-John Mas:
>> Is there any reason why this not enabled by default? I am refering  
>> to the binary release.
> Yes, there are licensing issues with FFmpeg in combination with  
> libfaac. The FFmpeg developer don't consider libfaac as free  
> software anymore. I don't know the details, so if we decide to still  
> support libfaac, I'll happily activate it.
> Best regards,
> Felix
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