Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:20 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Internet & Networking Despite the recent interest in adopting HTML5's video tag, there is still one major problem: there is no mandated standard video codec for the video tag. The two main contestants are the proprietary and patended h264, and the open and free Theora. In a comment on an article about this problematic situation, LWN reader Trelane posted an email exchange he had with MPEG-LA, which should further cement Theora as the obvious choice.
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RE: Theora
by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 31st Jan 2010 17:45 UTC in reply to "Theora"
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Theora is the obvious choice

No, it's not. Dirac is the obvious choice when you want patent-freeness. Its quality per datarate is much better at higher resolutions than Theora.

It's completely illogical that Mozilla refuses to add Dirac support. It doesn't need to be Dirac exclusively -- it could be Theora and Dirac.

That's another reason why Mozilla should've opted for a GStreamer-based solution right from the start. Even if you have no interest in supporting the MPEG-4 codec family, you also don't need to maintain your own set of patent-free codecs yourself. Dirac, just as Theora, has it's own set of GStreamer codecs already and since Songbird (Firefox-based media player) uses GStreamer anyway, Mozilla could also share the workload in maintaining the GStreamer integration.

Instead Mozilla decided to use OggPlay -- software that wasn't even maintained when Mozilla picked it up. I don't know if OggPlay is currently maintained.
It's almost as if Mozilla has some hidden anti-Dirac agenda....

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