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Updated 26/11/2012Home » Video Glossary » WAV


WAVEWAV files are probably the simplest of the common formats for storing audio samples. Unlike MPEG audio and other compressed formats, WAVs store samples in the raw where no pre-processing is required other that formatting of the data.

The WAV file itself consists of three chunks of information: The RIFF chunk which identifies the file as a WAV file, The FORMAT chunk which identifies parameters such as sample rate and the DATA chunk which contains the actual data (samples).