still no luck with ffmpeg 6_2_1 and FreeBSD 6.3

Roland Smith rsmith at
Thu Jul 29 10:21:03 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 04:39:14PM +0700, John Francis Lee wrote:
> Thanks. I thought I had in knocked with lame, but the recorder I'm
> using, a java applet called nonogong from Hong Kong university, uses an
> imaADPCM, 4-bit format for its .wav files that lame chokes on. ffmpeg
> has no problem! But I cannot get ffmpeg to run on my ViaVerio FreeBSD
> server.

You might want to talk to ViaVerio about updating your server to something
less ancient (and unsupported) than FreeBSD 6.3! The 6.x branch is not
supported by the ports tree anymore, which is probably why you're having
problems with ffmpeg.

> The nanogong applet can also use speex, but I don't know how to play
> back speex. All this has to work in microsoft browsers because that's
> what everyone who has a computer has her in Thailand. As elsewhere I
> suppose, still.

The speexdec(1) program from the audio/speex port can convert speex to wav.
> HTML 5 is coming... but not yet. And to microsoft kicking and screaming.
> If anyone knows of a way to convert 4bit imaADPCM .wav files to mp3 on a
> FreeBSD machine I'd be very happy to hear of it!

The audio/sox port should be able to convert them, according to 

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