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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Theora was built on VP3 which was competing with MPEG4. Just a few months ago, the notion of Google Chrome having native Theora support was the rallying cry for Theora supporters to coerce Microsoft and Apple to include native support in their browsers.

Then there's the visibility problem : honestly, who knew about Theora before trying multimedia on linux ?

True ... but I have yet to watch a VP8-encoded video file, so it is less visible than Theora in my (and many others) point of view.

Again, it's got nothing to do with quality, except when it's very bad

It has always been about quality. Nokia proposed MPEG1 for HTML5 video as its patents will expire in the near future, but no one wanted it due to its poor quality. It is possible to get high quality video encoded using Theora: the problem is that the bandwidth usage wasn't economical.

Actually, it's quite worrying to rely on companies owned and directed by a single man for everything, when you think of it

It has always been like that. Jobs, Gates, Shuttleworth; all rich and influential men who made their OSes popular (to varying degrees). Google was capable of getting more hardware support behind VP8 in the past few weeks/months (due to its similarity to H.264?) than Theora has gotten in its entire existence.

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