[Flac-dev] Adding support for .w64 (wave64) format
brianw at sounds.wa.com
Thu Jun 14 16:11:30 PDT 2007
I realize that it isn't much of an improvement, but AIFF supports 4GB
recordings, and flac is compatible with this. Being an avid "taper"
myself, I have, on many occasions recorded up to this limit, and I
always back up my original recordings using flac.
W64 support is more than welcome, but AIFF support gets you twice the
length right away.
On May 29, 2007, at 23:00, Justin Frankel wrote:
Our DAW REAPER (www.reaper.fm) supports W64 as well. We'd be happy to
share our W64 reading/writing implementations if someone wishes to
integrate them into flac...
Chris Cantwell wrote:
> I use Sony (previously Sonic Foundry) Sound Forge, which allows me
> to save audio files in .w64 (Wave 64) format to get around the
> 2GB .wav file limitation. W64 was invented by Sonic Foundry, and
> is an open format as far as I know. The only programs I know about
> using the .w64 format at the moment are Sound Forge and Steinberg
> Nuendo, although there may be others out there. With increasing
> number of tapers recording concerts in 24bit, which takes up 50%
> more disk space than 16bit files at the same sample rate (about 1GB
> per hour), it is easy to blow past 2GB for a single file, which is
> roughly 2 hrs of audio. Some audio editors will stop after the 2GB
> limit is reached, or start recording a new file, but Sound Forge
> will keep on trucking when recording in .w64 format. I can see
> this format becoming more popular in the future. I can then edit
> the raw .w64 file in Sound Forge and convert it to 16bit-44Khz for
> tracking/burning to a CD. The problem comes when I try to archive
> the raw audio .w64 files to DVD - sometimes I need to compress them
> to make it fit. Right now I have to break a .w64 file up into
> 2 .wav files with Sound Forge, then compress each .wav file
> individually with flac. Or burn extra DVDs.
> So I would like to request adding .w64 support to flac. It would
> make archiving these files easier.
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