Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 17th Sep 2008 23:09 UTC
Multimedia, AV Dirac is an advanced royalty-free video compression format designed for a wide range of uses, from delivering low-resolution web content to broadcasting HD and beyond, to near-lossless studio editing. The v1.0.0 version was released yesterday, and the new VLC version supports playback of .ts/.drc Dirac files.
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Interesting video landscape
by jemmjemm on Thu 18th Sep 2008 12:37 UTC
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Just some updates and addons.

Final Dirac spec has been available 9 months or so. This is just a release of reference encoder. Schrödinger should be used for practical purposes.

Browsers and video element.
- the whole Gecko-family will support video element as og 1.9.1.x (Firefox 3.1, Seamonkey 2.0 etc)
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=382267
- Theora+Vorbis (in ogg container) rendering will be native, probably soon also Dirac+Vorbis
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=422538
- there also will be support for OS-native backends, i.e. what cannot be render by browser, will be done by backends (GStreamer on Linux, QT on Mac and DirectShow on Windows)
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=422540

Also next Opera will have native rendering of Theora+Vorbis (some nightlies available). And Safari will support the same though it QT backend (if patched correctly).

As mentioned earlier, then OggConvert is perfectly able to encode Dirac+Vorbis in ogg container and Totem plays it pretty fine (generating maybe too high load). And finally there is an updates release available.
http://oggconvert.tristanb.net/

VLC media player's ogg demuxer is terrible (haven't tested 0.9.2 yet, but at least in 0.9.2 nightlies and oldstable 0.8.6i it was). And doesn't seem to play Dirac+Vorbis in ogg container (made by OggConvert).

Already motley video landscape will get a lot more colourful and that's only good. Finally best solutions will stay.

Edited 2008-09-18 12:39 UTC

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