Ticket #141 (new defect)

Opened 16 years ago

Last modified 15 years ago

Use Flac Audio Format For Archives Rather Than Wav

Reported by: kmaclean Owned by: kmaclean
Priority: minor Milestone: WebSite 0.3
Component: Audio Version: 0.1-alpha
Keywords: Cc:


Recommendation from atterer

  • The canonical download format could use FLAC, which losslessly compresses the audio by around 50% to save server bandwidth.

This is an excellent idea, I've heard of Flac, but never had the time to really look into it.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 16 years ago by kmaclean

  • Milestone changed from WebSite 0.2.1 to WebSite 0.3

comment:2 Changed 15 years ago by kmaclean

From The Production of Speech Corpora, Compression chapter:

By using standard compression algorithms you may reduce the total amount of speech data to 55-65% depending on the technical specifications of your speech signals12.3. There also exist special compression algorithms for speech12.4, but we found that they do not yield significantly better compression rates than standard algorithms (like gzip, zip) when used in `loss-less' mode12.5.

However, we do not recommend using compression at all. Working with uncompressed data directly from the distribution medium is much more convenient, while on the other hand the reduction of costs do not justify the additional effort. Furthermore, by using compression on your distribution media you'll increase the probability of software incompatibilities on the user side.

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