[Flac-dev] compression ratio

Harry Sack tranzedude at gmail.com
Tue May 15 07:59:54 PDT 2007

2007/5/14, Josh Coalson <xflac at yahoo.com>:
> --- Harry Sack <tranzedude at gmail.com> wrote:
> > hi
> >
> > i was wondering if it's possible to tell me what the theoretical best
> > compression ratio the flac encoder can do, because i was wondering
> > what the future of flac will bring us. So this question is probably
> > best addressed to Josh: can we suspect much better compression ratio
> > in the future or is the encoder already at his *almost* peak
> > compression level.
> I think you're talking about average compression ratio because it
> depends on the particular sample.  to make significant improvements
> (>3%) would require changes to the format that wouldn't work with
> older decoders, which I don't plan on ever doing.

i think that's a very good decision!

if you look at the comparison here:
>   http://flac.sourceforge.net/comparison.html
> you will see that FLAC is already within 3-4% of the most aggresive
> codecs.

so in the future we can expect mostly speed improvements for


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