Google open sources VP8, dead silence from Apple

in General Discussion edited January 2014
So much for H.264.

Looking good for Ubuntu and inexpensive, secure netbooks.


Google announced it would be releasing the VP8 video codec under an open source license, all of the major browser vendors jumped up to support it.

Well, all of them except Apple.

The WebM Project, a partnership between Google, Mozilla, Opera and dozens of other software and hardware makers, provides web developers a way of embedding video and audio in HTML5 pages without plug-ins, and without resorting to patent-laden technologies.


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    addaboxaddabox Posts: 12,660member
    Right, because Ubuntu is going to drive web video standards adoption. H.264 doesn't stand a chance.

    You might also want to take a look around the web for some discussion of the actual performance of VP8, which is markedly inferior to H.264, and potential litigation exposure owing to obvious similarities to H.264-- boosterism from certain quarters notwithstanding. Getting a bunch of people to sign up in principle is pretty different from getting them to actually implement in any meaningful way.
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