Tieline Adds Opus

Codec hardware maker and developer Tieline has announced that it has added the Opus codec to its arsenal of applicable codec algorithms.

Opus is an open source codec developed in conjunction with Microsoft (through its Skype acquisition), Mozilla and Google. A Tieline release calls it a “low latency speech and audio codec.”

It is also a variable bitrate codec.

Tieline VP of Sales APAC & EMEA Charlie Gawley explained, “Following the recent addition of Opus to the EBU 3326 interoperability standard for audio contribution over IP, a number of large European broadcasters requested Tieline integrate Opus into Tieline’s codec products.”

According to a release the Report-IT soft codec and the Genie and Merlin hardware codecs will be the initial users of Opus. Tieline said, “Tieline has integrated Opus into the Report-IT application and optimized it to deliver high quality speech at bit-rates from 14.4 kbps up to 64 kbps over Wi-Fi and cellular wireless networks. In Genie and Merlin IP audio codecs the algorithm is optimized for more complex audio signals such as music at higher bitrates.”

It will be a free addition.

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