[Flac-dev] A-law and mu-law
Martijn van Beurden
mvanb1 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 18 10:13:44 PST 2011
Because u-law and a-law are non-linear algorithms and the mathematics of
FLAC (and AFAIK all lossless encoders) are build for linear PCM. Adding
these formats would change the FLAC format altogether, decoders are not
made to work with it (they can only output plain PCM) Best option would
be converting these files to 16-bit plain WAV and compressing, but I
guess files won't be much smaller that way. IMO best is to keep them as
Op 18-11-11 12:34, Giulio Paci schreef:
> Hi to all!
> I have a database of audio files that I want to losslessly compress.
> Unfortunately I have several 8bit A-law and mu-law files in the database
> and I see from here
> that they are not supported by the reference flac encoder/decoder.
> Is there a reason for this?
> Would it be possible to add support for these files in the reference
> Flac-dev mailing list
> Flac-dev at xiph.org
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