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The recently introduced MPEG standard for lossless audio coding, MPEG-4 Audio Scalable to Lossless (SLS) coding technology, provides a universal audio format that integrates the functionalities of lossy audio coding, lossless audio coding and fine granular scalable audio coding in a single framework. We propose two coding methods that improve the coding efficiency of SLS, namely, a context-based arithmetic code (CBAC) method and a low energy mode code method. These two coding methods work harmonically with the current SLS framework and preserve all its desirable features, such as fine granular scalability, while successfully improving its lossless compression ratio performance.
Date of Conference: 18-23 March 2005