Tip #452: What is Ogg

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Tip #452: What is OGG

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com
Ogg is another compression format you may have heard of.

According to Wikipedia, Ogg, like MXF and QuickTime, is a free, open container format maintained by the Xiph.Org Foundation, which is based in Massachusetts. The creators of the Ogg format state that it is unrestricted by software patents and is designed to provide for efficient streaming and manipulation of high-quality digital multimedia. Its name is derived from “ogging”, jargon from the computer game “Netrek.”

The Ogg container format can multiplex a number of independent streams for audio, video, text (such as subtitles), and metadata. Versions of it are supported on Windows, Mac and other platforms.

Because the format is free, and its reference implementation is not subject to restrictions associated with copyright, Ogg’s various codecs have been incorporated into a number of different free and proprietary media players, both commercial and non-commercial, as well as portable media players and GPS receivers from different manufacturers.

Here’s a link to learn more: xiph.org

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2 replies
  1. brian
    brian says:

    So what can we do with it? is there any advantage to it over QT? can Compressor give it to us? Should we want to compress into ogg?

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      I was fascinated by the name, and wondered what it was. There’s nothing “to do” with it – for now. I just thought you’d like to know what it is.



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