Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th May 2010 11:40 UTC
Intel One name was conspicuously absent from the list of companies backing Google's WebM project and the VP8 codec. Despite other chip makers and designers being on the list, like AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, and Qualcomm, Intel didn't make an appearance. Yesterday, the company made its first careful commitment to the WebM project.
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RE: Theora gone but not forgotten
by Neolander on Fri 28th May 2010 21:32 UTC in reply to "Theora gone but not forgotten"
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Three months ago, the majority of OSnews readers wanted Theora mandated as the required codec for the video tag in HTML5. With the announcement of WebM, the 'virtues of Thusnelda' have been forgotten.

I'm surprised Theora supporters aren't saying that Thusnelda is better than VP8.

Because in terms of company support, VP8 has much, much better chances of succeeding than Theora. It's just a fact.

Theora was the best option for the web yesterday, because it was the sole royalty-free codec. Now it's VP8, because of Google's backing that may kick some butts at the MPEG-LA when it goes into patent trolling because they see that the superior format is starting to win. Xiph and the open-source crowd can't do that.

About those who criticize the honesty of theora backers, I have just one question : if the situation was absolutely reverse, ie ON2 invented H.264 and MPEG-LA backed a patent-encumbered VP8 the "official" standard, how many current H.264 backers would explain that VP8 is a technically superior format, through exactly the same encoding tests that we see now where people argue that H.264 is superior ?

Edited 2010-05-28 21:40 UTC

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