This page contains information on the WAV file extension (Waveform audio format), a popular video file format

WAV WAV (Audio)

File extension .wav
Category Audio File
Description The WAV file is one of the simplest digital audio file formats. It was originally developed back in 1991 for use within Windows 3.1 but today it is the gold standard in studio recording and one of the most popular digital audio formats. As they are stored in an uncompressed format they are enormously versatile and allow for easy editing and manipulation. One minor drawback is that the file sizes can be huge which can make them a little impractical.
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Technical Details A file with the WAV file extension is a Waveform audio file format and is a container that stores data in segments. It was originally developed by Microsoft and IBM and stores uncompressed lossless audio which results in very large file sizes. The format uses containers to store the audio data, track numbers, sample rate and bit rate.
Associated programs
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player
  • Quicktime
  • VLC
Developed by Microsoft & IBM
MIME type
  • audio/wav
Useful links

WAV Convert WAV file

Using Zamzar it is possible to convert WAV files to a variety of other formats

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