|"reduce at maximum the size of audio files"|
|Release||OptimFROG 5.100 (2016-09-02)|
OptimFROG is a lossless audio codec with optional support for hybrid lossless/lossy encoding. It comes with a freeware (closed-source) command-line encoder/decoder and plugins for several players and processing front-ends, and an SDK to use in other applications. It is available for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and MacOSX, all in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Encoders for its hybrid "DualStream" format, and for floating-point audio, are included in the distributions in separate executables.
OptimFROG is a codec that gives priority to compression size, sacrificing speed. Its highest presets compress to smaller file sizes than any other codec, possibly except the (legacy/unmaintained) La. These presets are CPU intensive both for decoding and encoding, sometimes a 10x increase over the faster presets, where OptimFrog would compress about the speed of Monkey's Audio “Extra High” and achieve compression ratios like Monkey's “High”.
For an end-user considering OptimFROG as a an audio format - likely due to its compression ratios or possibly its hybrid mode - some of the following features are quite common among lossless codecs, while some are more scarce - in particular, the end of this list. To compare OFR with other lossless codecs, see HA Wiki's Lossless Codec Comparison.
- Streaming support
- Seekable playback
- Error handling. Audio checksum for integrity verification optional (use the --md5 option)
- High-resolution audio support up to 32 bits per channel. Like WavPack but unlike most other formats, it also supports floating-point format (through a different executable included in the distribution). OptimFrog works with higher sampling rates, but the maximum supported sampling rate seems undocumented.
- Piping support for encoding, and support for RAW PCM input.
- Tagging: ID3 or APEv2 tags.
- RIFF chunks supported for recreating also non-audio chunks of the original .wav files.
- Can read certain malformed .wav files; in particular, some hacks employed to fit more than the 4 GB size limitation into .wav files.
- Like WavPack, but unlike most other encoders, it can create Windows self-extracting .sfx archives.
- Hybrid lossy/lossless encoding supported. Like WavPack, but unlike most (every?) other end-user codecs, OptimFROG can decode both lossy and lossless streams together, to be maintained in the same library. A separate encoder is included in the distribution.
- Currently there is no hardware supporting the format and software support is limited. The official encoder/decoder is closed-source (but a an official library can be used in third-party applications). Also the format has no official specification.
- Encoding and also decoding is CPU intensive, especially in the higher modes. Given that portable low-power devices are out of consideration as they cannot play the files anyway, speed might not be that much of a limitation with the power of modern computers. Still, users who consider playing OptimFrog files from a battery-powered laptop or tablet, might want to test battery life impact, especially since it varies so much over the settings.
- No multichannel support.
Because OptimFrog - like MP3 - can accommodate both APE tags and ID3, tagging ambiguity could be an issue: one application might not read another's tags. A user would likely want to stick to one tag format. Mp3tag will by default write APE tags to .ofr files.
- Mp3tag for tagging.
- MusicBrainz Picard Tagger with audio identification
- XMPlay – plugin required (OptimFROG input plugin) and (bass library) to play 'OFR' files
- dBPoweramp music converter
- Official OptimFROG website
- HA Wiki's Lossless Codec Comparison originally by Rjamorim
- An older (2005) performance comparison of lossless audio compressors by Speek, using OptimFrog version 4.509 (archived on October 27, 2015)
- http://audiograaf.nl/downloads.html Martijn van Beurden's lossless performance tests. Performance comparisons taken from version 4 and for CDDA audio; OptimFrog version tested 4.910b. Later versions introduced new presets, possibly altering the speed/compression trade-off.
|Compressed||Lossless||ALAC • FLAC • La • MLP • Monkey's Audio • MPEG-4 ALS/LPAC/LTAC • OptimFROG • RealAudio Lossless • RK Audio • Shorten • TAK • TTA • WavPack • WMA Lossless|
|Lossy||AAC • AC-3 • ADPCM • ATRAC • DTS • MP2 • MP3 • Musepack • Opus • QDesign • Speex • Vorbis • VQF • WMA|
|Hybrid||ATRAC Advanced Lossless • DTS-HD • mp3HD • MPEG-4 SLS • OptimFROG DualStream • WavPack|