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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The whole video quality discussion is a joke launched by H.264 backers like x264 devs in order to hide the real issue. If quality really mattered on the web, Youtube (which use H.264 by the way) wouldn't be #1 video site on the web.

The quality issue came about when YouTube refused to use Theora because of its quality/bandwidth usage. Adamant Theora supporters believed that the average user would not have noticed that Youtube's video quality had tanked or that the videos took longer to buffer. If Theora was a credible alternative, more sites would be using it. However, it is not, which explains why over 60% of the web's video is in H.264, and Theora has 4%. If Theora was supported by Flash (as H.264 is, and VP8 will be?), I believe it would have had a higher penetration.

It is good to see that VP8 appears to be a credible alternative to H.264. Companies can freeload on H.264 for the next 5 years, while deciding when/if to migrate to VP8. It might even mirror instances where companies would pretend to be eyeing Linux in an attempt to get a better deal from Microsoft ;) .

Who knows ... maybe there will be an H.265 by then, or devices get powerful enough to start using H.264 Mainline/High profiles, and we all will be having this spat all over again :-s.

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