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Apple Pro Training Series Compressor 3 Quick-Reference Guide by Brian Gary

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Chapter 6. Encoding Audio

In addition to encoding video, Compressor encodes audio in multiple formats, from standalone CD tracks to audio podcasts 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 the Apple Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) settings. AIFF is not a codec or an encoder; AIFF is a container format that lets computers interact with digital audio data.

Compressor allows AIFF files to include codecs, but the AIFF files are 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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