Moderator: Captain Ned
.OGG wrote:This format has been getting a good bit of attention lately. The format hasn't been widely used yet, but it is catching on. You can find information for developing with the Ogg Vorbis format at ( http://www.xiph.org/ogg/vorbis/download.html ). Here you can use links to find the files you need. You can get the Win32 SDK and a few other useful files.
To show the compression technology of the OGG format, I downloaded a program found on the http://www.vorbis.com/ site: http://www.vorbis.com/files/1.0/windows ... -win32.zip
This utility takes audio files and lets you drop them into the window and converts them to the .OGG file for you. You can change parameters for the application, and I played around with the quality settings to get a good balance between quality and size.
I first set the quality setting in the utility to 1.0 as someone had suggested to me. The quality was ok, but I could tell that it wasn't anywhere close to the original. I played around with it until I got a suitable sound at quality setting 2. The .OGG I got was 2.99 MB and sounded good! Very cool.
As a note about the previous version of this article, I was using Sound Forge to convert to the OGG format and at that time the best compression for the OGG file was a bit higher than an MP3, but using the utility from the site, presumably much newer, I got this decrease in size.
Bottom Line- Best compression found in this experiment for song quality audio. Some neat utilities can be found on the site to help you convert your songs to the format without having to write code to do it yourself (always a plus).
ChronoReverse wrote:If you want lossless, use FLAC.
Dr. Coconut wrote:Thanks guys, I heard about .OGG awhile ago, and since a lot of game developers use it, I figured it would be a safe bet. As for .FLAC, Game Maker(What I use) doesn't support it, although their may be a plugin for it somewhere.