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How can I encode audio using the amazing NeroAacEnc? Is there a way to compile it for Mac OS or is Wine the only solution?

I am trying to combine it with x264 through ffmpeg for HD video transcoding.

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Do you have the source code, or how'd you compile it? – Daniel Beck Sep 1 '12 at 9:05
I downloaded it off their website, and it came as linux and win32 versions... – Henrik Söderlund Sep 1 '12 at 9:10

You can either use it under wine, or use qaac (Apple's Quicktime AAC encoder), which is broadly considered as good - and sometimes even better than - neroAacEnc.

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I managed to find a way to use it with Wine. The quality of this codec compared to FAAC is is much better. Great!

  1. Install Wine via macports following the advise given in this tutorial sudo port install wine as well as the other instructions from the tutorial

  2. Make sure all dependencies are installed as well as an X server (Xquartz or xorg-server via macports)

  3. Place the NeroAACEncoder win32-folder with its contents somewhere on your mac, preferably in the ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/ folder.

  4. Now run any NeroAACEnc command through Wine:

    wine start neroAacEnc.exe -q 0.85 -if INPUT.wav -of OUTPUT.mp4

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