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Apple Pro Training Series Compressor Quick-Reference Guide by Brian Gary

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6. Encoding Audio

In addition to encoding video, Compressor offers multiple options for encoding audio in multiple formats, from stand-alone CD tracks to 5.1 Dolby Digital audio streams for DVD.

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Using AIFF Containers

The easiest way to manage audio in Compressor is to use Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) presets. AIFF is a container, not an encoder; AIFF is not a codec, but a format that lets computers interact with digital audio data.

Compressor does allow AIFF files to include codecs, but the audio is most commonly stored uncompressed as a Linear Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) stream. Linear PCM is a digital representation of analog signals. ...

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