AWS Elemental MediaConvert 支援 MP3 輸出了

AWS Elemental MediaConvert 宣佈支援 MP3 輸出的格式了:「MP3 Audio Output Now Available with AWS Elemental MediaConvert」。

找了維基百科上的 MP3 資料來看,歐盟是 2012 年就全面過期,而美國是 2017 年:

The basic MP3 decoding and encoding technology is patent-free in the European Union, all patents having expired there by 2012 at the latest. In the United States, the technology became substantially patent-free on 16 April 2017 (see below). MP3 patents expired in the US between 2007 and 2017.

會拖到 2020 年的現在才支援 MP3 不知道是什麼原因。一種可能 AWS 家的法務發現是還有其他地區沒列出來?另外一種可能是,如果考慮到 MediaConvert 的產品特性是以影音為主,所以 AAC 用的比較多,而發展 MP3 相關功能的動力不夠...

MP3 專利全數過期

看到有人提到,查了維基百科上面的 MP3 條目,看起來在 4/16 就全部都過期了:

The basic MP3 decoding and encoding technology is patent-free in the European Union, all patents having expired there by 2012 at the latest. In the United States, the technology became substantially patent-free on 16 April 2017 (see below).

If the longest-running patent mentioned in the aforementioned references is taken as a measure, then the MP3 technology became patent-free in the United States on 16 April 2017 when U.S. Patent 6,009,399, held by and administered by Technicolor, expired.

The three exceptions are: U.S. Patent 5,878,080, expired February 2017; U.S. Patent 5,850,456, expired February 2017; and U.S. Patent 5,960,037, expired 9 April 2017.

算是可喜可賀?

Nexmo 的 Voice API 可以吃 WAV 與 MP3 格式了...

剛剛才看到 Nexmo 的公告,Nexmo 的 Voice API 以往只能吃文字,然後程式會發音,但現在則可以吃 WAV 或 MP3 格式的檔案直接播放了:「Nexmo’s Voice API Now Supports .wav and .mp3 Format」。

連 API 的範例都直接給出來,好像很好玩的樣子... XD

然後仔細看文件才發現 Speech 的部份是支援中文的!代碼 zh-cn 的男/女聲發音!