Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Jan 2011 06:32 UTC
Internet & Networking "The promise of HTML5's video tag was a simple one: to allow web pages to contain embedded video without the need for plugins. With the decision to remove support for the widespread H.264 codec from future versions of Chrome, Google has undermined this widely-anticipated feature. The company is claiming that it wants to support 'open codecs' instead, and so from now on will support only two formats: its own WebM codec, and Theora." Sorely disappointed in Ars' Peter Bright. Us geeks reviled web developers for sticking to Internet Explorer when Firefox came onto the scene, and yet now, the same arguments we used to revile are used to keep H.264 in the saddle. How us mighty geeks have fallen.
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RE: Comment by galvanash
by Kochise on Thu 13th Jan 2011 12:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by galvanash"
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If Google really wants to promote WebM and WebP is by providing a DirectShow coded (that actually CAN encode as well) so that people could rip/convert their DVD/BR/DivX/Xvid into WebM format. Unless WebM/WebP aren't more widely supported, they'll be no chance to get them adopted. Same happened for Divx, no one tried to convert their movies in that format until portable player were able to display them. Now some tepid manufacturers do support MKV. If the promised WebM hardware-based support happens to be true, 2011-Q2 will be pretty interresting to say the least...


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