faac man page

faac — open source MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 AAC encoder


faac [options] [-o outfile] infiles ...

<infiles> and/or <outfile> can be "-", which means stdin/stdout.


FAAC is an open source MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 AAC encoder, it is licensed under the LGPL license. Note that the quality of FAAC is not up to par with the currently best AAC encoders available.


* Portable

* Reasonably fast

* LC, Main, LTP support

* DRM support through DreaM (optional)


-q <quality>

Set default variable bitrate (VBR) quantizer quality in percent (default: 100).

-b <bitrate>

Set average bitrate (ABR, lower quality mode) to approximately bitrate kbps.

-c <freq>

Set the bandwidth in Hz (default: automatic).

-o X

Set output file to X (only for one input file).


Use RAW AAC output file.


Raw PCM input mode (default: 44100Hz 16bit stereo).


Raw PCM input rate.


Raw PCM input sample size (8, 16 [default], 24 or 32bits).


Raw PCM input channels.


Raw PCM swap input bytes

-I <C,LF>

Input channel config (default: 3,4 [which means Center is third and LFE is fourth]).

MP4-SPECIFIC OPTIONS (if built with MP4V2)


Wrap AAC data in MP4 container (default for *.mp4 and *.m4a).


Optimize MP4 container layout after encoding.

--artist X

Set artist to X

--writer X

Set writer to X

--title X

Set title to X

--genre X

Set genre to X

--album X

Set album to X


Set compilation

--track X

Set track to X (number/total)

--disc X

Set disc to X (number/total)

--year X

Set year to X

--cover-art X

Read cover art from file X

--comment X

Set comment to X



for short help on using FAAC.


for a description of all options for FAAC.


for the license terms for FAAC.


FAAC was written by M. Bakker <menno@audiocoding.com>.

This manpage was written by Fabian Greffrath <fabian@debian-unofficial.org> for the Debian Unofficial project (but may be used by others, of course).

Referenced By

abcde(1), faad(1).

2007-10-11 1.26 Free Advanced Audio Coder