Audio Codec Support for the PhotoBridge
Soiaf (Peter McQuillan) on the Roku
has created a number of audio codec plug-ins compatible with the
Roku PhotoBridge (HD1000/HD1500).
These plug-ins will allow both the built-in Listen/Sonata and my Sonica
applications to play files with these encodings. The PhotoBridge
natively support MP3, WAV, AAC, and AIFF encoded files.
The following codecs are available:
* It will not accept WavPack files from before version 4.0.
* It does not handle WavPack "correction" files
Currently (apparently!) supports the following MOD formats: MOD, S3M,
XM, IT, 669, AMF, AMS, DBM, DMF, DSM, FAR, MDL, MED, MTM, OKT, PTM,
STM, ULT, UMX, MT2, PSM
* This codec will not play MOD/Tracker files (of any type) that are
greater than 3 MB in size.
* Important Note: The simple install will install the 'pseudo' M4A
codec. The m4a file extension is registered by default to use the
AAC codec. With this pseudo codec installed, files ending with the
extension .m4a should be handled (transparently) by the correct codec,
either Apple Lossless or AAC as appropriate.
Two possible ways of installing these codecs, the easy way (just
click on an icon to install) or the techie way (using telnet etc.).
Important Note This install script does not copy the codec
into the internal memory of the PhotoBridge - the codec is stored in
the directory you created on the compact flash card (or network
share). If the PhotoBridge cannot see the codec (say you've removed
the compact flash card that you stored the codec on) then you won't be
able to play the files that need the codec.
- Download the code package (see above).
- Unzip the contents on your computer (keep the directory
- Create a directory (lets say codecs) on a compact flash card
or network share and copy the contents of the zip file into this
- You should be then ready to install - an icon should be on
the desktop (in the share or compact flash card where you
installed the files) - the installation application will be named
install<CODEC>codec where <CODEC> is
the name of the codec you want to install.
- Click on the install application.
- You should now be able to play files encoded with that codec.
More details are available in the readme file enclosed in the zip file.
This should now mean that both the Sonata and Sonica applications
will be able to see audio files if they end in the appropriate
extension, and hopefully be able to play them!
- Edit the settings file located at:
and add the line
the end of the file. <ext> is the file extension and
<CODEC> is the codec name.
- After extracting from the zip file, copy the file
libCascadeAudioCodec<CODEC>.so to the directory
Note I would suggest that you store the codec (as well as
any other third party codecs) in a shared folder or on a compact
flash card and put a symbolic link in the /etc/rokucascade/codecs
directory linking to that particular codec file - this will keep
space free in the internal storage area.