[pulseaudio-discuss] Bluetooth aptX codec
Luiz Augusto von Dentz
luiz.dentz at gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 14:40:09 UTC 2018
On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 10:35 AM, Pali Rohár <pali.rohar at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sunday 17 June 2018 23:48:42 Arun Raghavan wrote:
>> On Sun, 17 Jun 2018, at 4:01 AM, Pali Rohár wrote:
>> > Hi! As you may know lot of bluetooth headsets support not only SBC, but
>> > also aptX codec. And new version of ffmpeg (4.0) has native aptX and
>> > aptX HD encoder and decoder. AptX codec itself is proprietary, but
>> > ffmpeg has clean-room implementation based on expired patent. What about
>> > adding support for aptX via ffmpeg into pulseaudio?
>> > --
>> I'd actually like to delete the SBC code and replace it with a generic GStreamer bin. That would allow us to be codec agnostic, and support any of the codecs that are supported by GStreamer (which includes those that ffmpeg provides).
> This does not sound like a good idea. The only two relevant bluetooth
> codecs for most people are SBC and aptX.
> IIRC you cannot just choose arbitrary codec and use it in bluetooth, you
> need to know how to put it into A2DP. Therefore for each bluetooth codec
> you need to write some A2DP code or at least declarative definition. So
> it would not work just adding dependency on gstreamer and let gstreamer
> provide some encoded stream.
I guess we could limit to only codecs we know how to expose the
capabilities, but note that it is possible to define vendor specific
codecs in A2DP so in theory one can use other codecs like OPUS
although it most likely won't have much use without the remote to also
support them, but I guess it is a start.
> And also we cannot ensure or force at compile time that users would have
> installed both gstreamer and ffmpeg at runtime to have working bluetooth support.
We anyway register endpoints at runtime and if we cannot detect SBC
for example we can still fallback to non-gstreamer/native mode.
> For me it looks like a overkill to add dependency on gstreamer to
> pulseaudio, which would have some runtime dependency on ffmpeg to have
> working bluetooth support. And it would work only with the last ffmpeg
> version which is not widely available yet (and replacing system version
> is not always trivial).
> Anyway, I would try to write simple aptX library based on published
> details and ffmpeg source code. And try to play with pulseaudio if I
> would be able to start streaming aptX to bluetooth headset. This is at
> least good starting point to prove that aptX codec is usable or not in
Having native support won't be bad either but I think we need to have
some module support added in order to make easier to add new codecs
which should be useful if we ever come to integrate with gstreamer.
> Pali Rohár
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Luiz Augusto von Dentz
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