Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jan 2010 17:59 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones This week, both YouTube and Vimeo opened up beta offerings using HTML5 video instead of Flash to bring video content to users. Both of them chose to use the h264 codec, which meant that only Safari and Chrome can play these videos, since firefox doesn't license the h264 codec. Mike Shaver, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, explained on his blog why Mozilla doesn't license the h264 codec.
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yes, but
by panzi on Sun 24th Jan 2010 19:14 UTC
panzi
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2006-01-22

I agree that ogg theora should have been the standard. But now because there is no standard video format I think mozilla should support codec plugins. That way mozilla will only provide support for ogg codecs but any other programmer could hook up x264 or ffmpeg so we can watch viemeo/youtube in HTML5 without flash. This hypothetical codec plugin programmer would live in some country where there are no patent issues. ;)

Oh, and how does x264 and ffmpeg handle the patent issues anyway?

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