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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Google to Open Source VP8 Video Codec?

Ryan Lawler at gives a background on the politics and fights behind video codecs. He says “Google will soon make its VP8 video codec open source, we’ve learned from multiple sources ... Google has controlled the VP8 codec ever since it finalized the acquisition of video codec maker On2 Technologies in February. ... The move comes as online video publishers are gravitating toward standards-based HTML5 video delivery, bolstered in part by the release of the iPad. However, that acceptance has been slowed by the fact that the industry has yet to agree on a single codec for video playback, with some companies throwing support behind Ogg Theora and others hailing H.264 as the future of web video.”
[Thanks AGift2theSilentNumber!]


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