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  1. jlerossignolJ. Le Rossignol says:

    When saving a file it does not automatically compress. Raw uncompressed formats are the quickest to load because they do not need to be modified before displaying, while compressed files need to be mathematically unpacked before displaying. Two good examples are the .WAV and the .MP3 file formats. The WAV format needs approximately 10 Mb of space per minute of play time, while the MP3 uses only 1 Mb pre minute, but the MP3 format requires more processor power to play.
    In essence, compression trades memory space for playback speed.

    The human eye can see up to about 24-bit which is why computer graphics cards & monitors don’t tend to go beyond that point.

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