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Graphical drag-n-drop frontend
Developer(s) John Edwards
Release information
Initial release {{{released}}}
Stable release 1.9.2 (November 5, 2018)
Preview release
Operating system Windows
Additional information
Use Encoder/Decoder
License GPL
Website RareWares

oggdropXPd is John33's (Ogg) Vorbis encoder with a nice drag-and-drop interface.


Note: To use Monkey's Audio, LPAC, WavPack, or OptimFROG as source files, you must provide the decoder yourself.

Quick start guide[edit]

Here is a short user guide on how to quickly employ oggdropXPd.


Configuring for Encoding[edit]

Oggdropxpd-idle.PNG Oggdropxpd-idle lancer.PNG


Encoding Options[edit]

Encoding Options window.

This is used to configure the Vorbis Encoder

This is where you choose the quality of the encoded file.
  • Use Standard Quality Mode -- Recommended
This ensures the highest quality, although you cannot exactly determine the bitrate.
You can either type the exact -q value in the textbox, or drag the slider. Higher -q value gives better quality at the expense of larger file size.
For some guidelines on what -q value to use, check out the Recommended Ogg Vorbis page.
  • Use Quality Mode by selection of Approximate Bitrate
Sometimes you need to encode files at a certain bitrate, e.g. for streaming. Choose this and specify the approximate bitrate you're trying to get.
  • Bitrate management
Although these two radio-buttons seem to be subsets of the previous option, they stand on their own, actually. i.e choosing either one of these two unselects the top 2 options.
The following two options are not recommended, as they tend to sacrifice quality.
  • Use ABR mode, here you can limit the minimum bitrate (may cause size bloat), maximum bitrate (may reduce quality on 'difficult' songs), and the nominal bitrate (affects quality if too low)
  • Use CBR mode. Here you just specify the bitrate you want.
Self-explanatory. However, if you do not have the original source (e.g. CD), then it is recommended to uncheck this option. Just in case you need to re-encode, you will still have the source.
For QuickStarting, you can leave these options unchecked.
For QuickStarting, leave this button alone.

Select Output Directory[edit]

Oggdropxpd-output directory options.png

This is used to configure where the encoded file will be placed.

The resulting .ogg file will be placed in the same directory as the source file. This is the default after installation.
For the purposes of this QuickStart, choose this option.
You can specify in where to put the resulting .ogg file by clicking on the "..." button. However, if you close OggDropXPd and restart it later, the setting will revert back to "Same as Input Directory."
Same as above, but your specified directory will be used for later sessions also.

Select Temporary Directory[edit]

Oggdropxpd-temporary directory options.png

If you use the lossless source files of the formats .ape, .pac, .wv, .ofr, or .ofs, then this is where you store the temporary uncompressed .wav file.

This dialog box should be self-explanatory.

Other Settings[edit]


Drag and drop the file to be encoded from Windows Explorer onto the OggDropXPd droptarget window, and wait. The logo will spin while it is encoding: (Image capture of Lancer OggDropXPd)

Oggdropxpd-encoding lancer.png

There are 4 information shown while encoding, under the spinning logo:

When the logo stops spinning... you're done! The resulting .ogg file can be found in the same directory as the source file.

Thus concludes OggDropXPd QuickStart manual for encoding.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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