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Chapter 7. Rendering Your Projects > Choosing Audio Encoding Parameters

Choosing Audio Encoding Parameters

Once you move past encoding templates and start setting parameters manually, you’ll find yourself frequently challenged with a confusing array of audio compression options—not only bitrate, but foreign concepts such as sampling rate and bit depth. When choosing these parameters, it’s important to know what comprises an audio file.

Most audio starts out as analog, meaning the spoken word or music. When an analog signal is converted to digital, whether by using your DV camera or your computer’s sound card, the signal has three characteristics, each of which affects the ultimate size of the digital audio file.


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