best application to compress a bunch of files into an archive?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by newmacuser23, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. newmacuser23 macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2010
    I am wanting to compress video, audio and software into archives so Which archive application has the highest amount of compression and is a good archive app overall?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    If the video and the audio already use a high compression (H264 or Divx or Xvid for video, MP3 or AAC for audio), you will not get much smaller files by compressing them again.

    Have you tried Mac OS X' built in Compress feature?

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  3. newmacuser23 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2010
    Unfortunately the files I am working with are a real mixed bag besides the formats you mentioned some of the video is mkv and some of the audio is flac so due to the fact these files are rather large by nature a decent compression tool would help if there is one better than Apple's built in one.
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Zipping, making a compressed disk image or even a RAR archive isn't going to compress them any more than they already are, no matter the compression, unless converting them with a lossy method. They're already losslessly compressed; there are no more bits to discard.

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