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XingMP3 Encoder is a high performance conversion tool that encodes WAV audio files into MP3 files. Based on the XingMPEG Encoder engine, the XingMP3 Encoder processes files up to 8 times faster than other encoders.
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The '''Xing''' (pronounced "zing") [[MP3]] encoder was one of the fastest MP3 encoders. Of course that comes with a price, and quality wasn't on par with encoders tuned for quality instead of speed, like FhG Slowenc ([[Audioactive]]) and [[LAME]]. Yet despite its reputation for poor quality, Xing's ~128 kbps VBR mode compared favorably in [http://web.archive.org/web/20071005104610/http://www.rjamorim.com/test/ an early 2004 listening test].
  
 
==Features==
 
==Features==
* Encodes .wav to MPEG-1 layer 3 audio
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* Encodes .wav to MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 layer 3 audio
* Encodes .wav to MPEG-2 layer 3 audio
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* Encodes bitrates ranging from 28 to 320 kbps
* Encodes 28.8 Kbps - 320 Kbps bitrates
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* Variable Bitrate (VBR) encoding support
 
* Variable Bitrate (VBR) encoding support
 
* High Frequency Encoding support (up to 20 kHz)
 
* High Frequency Encoding support (up to 20 kHz)
 
* Low data rate support
 
* Low data rate support
* 8X faster than most popular encoders
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* Several times faster than most popular encoders
 
* Automated batch processing
 
* Automated batch processing
 
* MP3 playback capabilities
 
* MP3 playback capabilities
 
* GUI based and command-line encoder front ends
 
* GUI based and command-line encoder front ends
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==Versions==
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===XingMP3 standalone encoder===
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[[Image:xingmp3encoder.png|frame|right|Xing Mp3 Encoder (v1.5 GUI, main window)]]
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The last standalone version of the Xing encoder was XingMP3 1.5, released in March 1999. It included a command-line interface (x3enc.exe), and a GUI (mp3enc.exe). The GUI was restricted to using a limited set of encoding profiles, whereas the command-line encoder had more options.
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After that release, the encoder continued to be improved, but it was only distributed as part of the [[wikipedia:RealPlayer|RealPlayer]] bundle.<!--details, anyone? I'm not putting RealPlayer 10 on my system just to find out what interface they gave the MP3 encoder-->
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===Helix MP3 Encoder===
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In 2005, RealNetworks — owners of the Xing assets after acquiring [[wikipedia:Xing Technology|Xing Technology]], a.k.a. XingTech — decided to release the encoder under an [[open source]] license, with the new name '''Helix mp3enc'''. The new version of the encoder is a code library which also has a command-line interface, but there is no GUI.
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The Helix MP3 encoder is part of the Helix datatype project, a collection of code libraries intended to support the [[wikipedia:Helix (multimedia project)|Helix multimedia project]].
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==External links==
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* [http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-others.php#helix_enc Helix MP3 encoder command-line executable for Windows, at RareWares]
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* [https://datatype.helixcommunity.org/Image:2005/mp3enc.doc Helix MP3 encoder API docs]
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* [https://helixcommunity.org/viewcvs/datatype/mp3/codec/encoder/ Helix MP3 encoder source code (CVS)]
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* [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=35531 Related discussion in HydrogenAudio forum]
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[[Category:Encoder/Decoder]]
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[[Category:MP3]]

Latest revision as of 02:12, 12 September 2012

The Xing (pronounced "zing") MP3 encoder was one of the fastest MP3 encoders. Of course that comes with a price, and quality wasn't on par with encoders tuned for quality instead of speed, like FhG Slowenc (Audioactive) and LAME. Yet despite its reputation for poor quality, Xing's ~128 kbps VBR mode compared favorably in an early 2004 listening test.

Features[edit]

  • Encodes .wav to MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 layer 3 audio
  • Encodes bitrates ranging from 28 to 320 kbps
  • Variable Bitrate (VBR) encoding support
  • High Frequency Encoding support (up to 20 kHz)
  • Low data rate support
  • Several times faster than most popular encoders
  • Automated batch processing
  • MP3 playback capabilities
  • GUI based and command-line encoder front ends

Versions[edit]

XingMP3 standalone encoder[edit]

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Xing Mp3 Encoder (v1.5 GUI, main window)

The last standalone version of the Xing encoder was XingMP3 1.5, released in March 1999. It included a command-line interface (x3enc.exe), and a GUI (mp3enc.exe). The GUI was restricted to using a limited set of encoding profiles, whereas the command-line encoder had more options.

After that release, the encoder continued to be improved, but it was only distributed as part of the RealPlayer bundle.

Helix MP3 Encoder[edit]

In 2005, RealNetworks — owners of the Xing assets after acquiring Xing Technology, a.k.a. XingTech — decided to release the encoder under an open source license, with the new name Helix mp3enc. The new version of the encoder is a code library which also has a command-line interface, but there is no GUI.

The Helix MP3 encoder is part of the Helix datatype project, a collection of code libraries intended to support the Helix multimedia project.

External links[edit]