Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 17th Sep 2008 23:09 UTC
Multimedia, AV Dirac is an advanced royalty-free video compression format designed for a wide range of uses, from delivering low-resolution web content to broadcasting HD and beyond, to near-lossless studio editing. The v1.0.0 version was released yesterday, and the new VLC version supports playback of .ts/.drc Dirac files.
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KugelKurt
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2005-07-06

Nobody will care about FF's Theora support, because Theora is an inferior codec. Its quality is just too bad. Dirac is patent-free as well and beats Theora in every aspect. Xiph and Mozilla should embrace Dirac.

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Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

The quality is being improved as I already indicated in the earlier post. There is much room for improvement. Refer to the demonstrations that show that. I am pretty sure, Firefox implementing support for it *will* have a major impact. Let's see. Additional support for Dirac might not be a bad thing either.

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johkra Member since:
2007-09-12

Please do not forget about the necessary CPU for these codecs. If I'm not mistaken, Theora is very light, while Dirac needs a bit more calculation power.
Therefore I don't think one should discard Theora.

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KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

Dirac has been successfully demonstrated on mobile phones (of course not with Full HD resolution ;) ) and even with Theora's improvements, it's still outdated technology. Theora can't compete with any modern video codec. Just like plain MP3 can't be used for really low-bitrate stuff like Speex.
The MPEG word accepted that MPEG-4 AVC is better than MPEG-1. Now it's time to admit that Dirac is better than Theora.

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