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Commons talk:Sound

There is some discussion of Commons sound policy going on at Commons:Village pump#Full length movies and music. --MarkSweep 07:17, 29 Jan 2005 (UTC)

please take a look at [1] ...Sicherlich 07:55, 13 Mar 2005 (UTC)


Why not FLAC? - Omegatron July 1, 2005 01:41 (UTC)

Because FLAC is too freaking big. It's over half a meg per second, so bearing in mind that commons (which has the largest upload limit of all projects) caps uploads at 20 megs, that would limit all audio clips to under 40 seconds. Raul654 July 1, 2005 04:14 (UTC)
So WAV is allowed instead?? - Omegatron July 1, 2005 06:01 (UTC)
Wav files are rejected when you try to upload them as an "unrecommended file type" (there are some on Wikipedia [and commons?] which were uploaded the rejection was put into place.) Raul654 July 1, 2005 07:49 (UTC)
Yeah, I noticed that last night. Yet the page we are talking on right now says:
At Commons talk:File types#Ogg FLAC I pointed out that you can already upload FLAC, by sticking it in an ogg wrapper. And FLAC is no problem for short sound files like Category:English pronunciation. Finally, by using a .ogg extension, it means you can then upload a lossy-encoded version of the same file, with the same file name, for better downloading. User:dbenbenn 07:43, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

These are the most common sound formats:

Surely they don't mean "most commonly used outside of wikipedia" or else ogg --> mp3. - Omegatron July 1, 2005 17:11 (UTC)

These are the most common sound formats that are not encumbered by a U.S. patent. --Damian Yerrick () 03:53, 26 June 2006 (UTC)


Are there any guidelines on the quality or compression ratio we should aim for? - Omegatron July 1, 2005 01:41 (UTC)

Highest quality such that the result is small enough to upload. Note that after uploading a high quality version, it probably makes sense to manually "thumbnail" the sound by uploading a reasonable-quality version with the same name. That way people can get at the high quality version if they want, via the "file history" section, but normal usage will be easier on bandwidth. User:dbenbenn 07:43, 16 January 2006 (UTC)
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