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Compression for Great Video and Audio, 2nd Edition by Ben Waggoner

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CHAPTER 8 Using Audio Codecs

This chapter is about the common attributes of audio codecs and the decisions to be made when using them. It follows the structure of the previous chapter on video codecs.

While video may take 80–98 percent of the compression time and bandwidth, audio still makes up at least half the experience—audiences are more likely to stick with bad video with decent audio than decent video with bad audio. So getting the audio right is just as important as getting the video to look good. The good news is that it’s also quite a bit easier; if targeting modern formats, there’s really never a reason for audio to be distactingly overcompressed.

Choosing Audio Codecs

General-Purpose Codecs vs. Speech Codecs

Audio codecs fall into ...

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