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No one is talking about FLAC. While Vorbis is good, a lossless audio format would be nice too.
Posted Aug 13, 2008 7:59 UTC (Wed) by jezuch (subscriber, #52988)
Yes, but only in high-broadband-penetration land :)
Posted Aug 14, 2008 13:58 UTC (Thu) by forthy (guest, #1525)
Actually, what I'd like to have is a "correction stream" format. I.e.
you have a lossy format, and delta side-streams which give you more
quality, up to lossless. You need a real-time protocol to make sure that
the lossy format passes, and the optional side-stream is dropped when the
bandwidth is not sufficient.
This should work with video as well, where the side-streams can be
even larger, e.g. a youtube-size/quality main stream, and up to HD
quality from the various side-streams. Even to-the-air broadcasts could
avoid the "digital" effect of digital TV broadcasting when they
interleave these streams in such a way that a noisy signal only kills the
high quality stream, and the low quality one is encoded in the most
Posted Aug 19, 2008 17:59 UTC (Tue) by job (guest, #670)
This would be a very useful feature. Not just to achieve lossless, but to scale the quality to
the available bandwidth so a server can serve more clients but at the cost of lower quality
when necessary. Some products such as Windows Media does this already but that's the kind of
plugins this whole thing is designed to avoid.
Vorbis does this, almost
Posted Aug 28, 2008 8:48 UTC (Thu) by dion (guest, #2764)
So it should be entirely possible to create a high-bandwidth Vorbis stream and dynamically drop quality in the web server for each client as it streams.
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