Open Multimedia Standards
As explained previously in the Open Standards page, understanding their use in daily life is extremely essential. By using Open Standards, we would not just be helping to spread the unified standards everywhere, but also we would be saving ourselves from the many threats of using a closed standard.
Here we have some of the common open multimedia standards. Many of which you people already know about. Let’s just see into their details a bit
It is a very well known open lossy audio format developed by the Xiph.org Foundation. It is supported by many music players including the Creative Zen and many other players. It supports Metadata tagging to store information about artists, source, etc about the track which is quite similar to the ID3 tagging system. For many applications, Vorbis has clear advantages over other lossy audio codecs in that it is patent-free and has open-source implementations and therefore is free to use, implement, or modify as one sees fit, yet produces smaller files than most other codecs at equivalent or higher quality.
Not a very well known format of video encoding, but being patent free and having Open-Source implementations, it shows off some distinct advantages over other video formats. In any Ogg Theora video, Theora provides the video layer, while Vorbis provides the audio layer.
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec which is a very popular format for audio data compression. Being lossless, FLAC doesn’t lose important information as other codecs such as mp3 or Ogg Vorbis do. FLAC's free/open source royalty-free nature makes it well-supported by many software applications. It is even supported by popular music players including the Apple iPod.
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