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 LWN.net 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[3]: Theora
by lemur2 on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 10:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Theora"
lemur2
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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.


Obvious choice??
Remember that "web" videos must be viewable on as many hardware as possible, I'd be interested to know if an iPhone (for example) is able to view a Dirac video..
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Here are some samples:

http://samples.mplayerhq.hu/V-codecs/Dirac/

I haven't found anything yet which can play these files, including VLC.

Edited 2010-02-02 10:40 UTC

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