OPUS Audio Codec FAQ

Is OPUS a good codec?

In listening tests around 96 kbit/s, Opus shows slightly superior quality compared to AAC and significantly better quality compared to Vorbis and MP3.


Can VLC open OPUS?

The simplest way to do this is to install VLC Player, which supports OPUS and many other audio formats

Does YouTube use Opus?

For over a year now, YouTube/YT Music has been using, according to "stats for nerds" (enabled in general settings), the opus sound format at 251 kbps.


Can Android read Opus files?

Opus files should be downloaded with the . ogg file extension on Android 9 and below, since the support for recognising the . opus file extension was added in Android 10.

How do I play OPUS files on iPhone? 

iPhones cannot play OPUS files using the iOS's default media player.


Does Windows support Opus?

Windows Media Player is the native multimedia player on Windows 11 computers. You may use it to open the OPUS file as well.

Which browsers support OPUS?

Opus is supported in Mozilla Firefox, Chromium and Google Chrome, Blink-based Opera, as well as all browsers for Unix-like systems relying on GStreamer for multimedia formats support.

Is OPUS better than AAC?

AAC's encoders/decoders are more processor-heavy than OPUS and may require higher latency than OPUS.


Is OPUS good for movies?

Overall, Opus did better than HE-AAC. It had better stereo and accurately retained far higher frequencies (including half of that inaudible 16khz beep present in all movies).

Does MP4 support Opus audio?

MP4 does officially support Opus, but not all media players support playing back Opus in MP4.

Can Audacity read opus files?

Opus files can be imported into Audacity. Opus export “may” be possible by selecting “Export Audio > Custom FFmpeg Export” and then selecting “opus” as the format in the “custom FFmpeg format options”.

Does Soundcloud use Opus?

Yes, they are currently stream three codecs: mp3. opus. aac.

What format is Opus streaming?

Opus itself is just an algorithm for compressing and decompressing digital audio (a "codec"). Ogg is a container format designed for carrying streaming audio on the internet, and combined with Opus, makes a fully packaged stream ready to be played by listeners.

Is Opus an audio codec?

A royalty free audio codec developed by the Xiph.Org Foundation. It supercedes their prior Speex and Vorbis codecs, previously recommended separately for human speech and for general audio, with a single unified codec.

Should I convert MP3 to Opus?

Sometimes, you may need to convert MP3 to OPUS. Although it has a significant file size, OPUS is a royalty-free audio file format with remarkable audio quality, even at low bitrates.

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