Resource Interchange File Format
RIFF is the acronym for Resource Interchange File Format.
A generic file format for storing multimedia data such as audio, video, and text. Developed by Microsoft and IBM in the early 1990s, RIFF is a container format, meaning it organizes and stores data in chunks, with each chunk containing a specific type of data.
One of the most well-known and widely used applications of RIFF is the Waveform Audio File Format (WAV). In a WAV file, RIFF is used to structure and store the audio data along with other information, such as sample rate, bit depth, and the number of channels.
RIFF is also used in other multimedia file formats, such as the Audio Video Interleave (AVI) format for video files. The flexibility of the RIFF structure allows it to be adapted for various types of multimedia data, enabling the creation of new file formats as needed.
- Abbreviation: RIFF