Linked by Adam S on Tue 4th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by Luis
GNU, GPL, Open Source Theora is a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy portability and requires no patent royalties. While the Theora bitstream format was standardized in 2004 and our beta releases have been used by millions, this 1.0 release is an important milestone reflecting the maturity and stability of the Theora codebase. A number of leading multimedia web groups already support Theora. Upcoming releases of Mozilla Firefox, the world's most popular open source browser, will support Theora natively, as will releases of the multi-platform Opera browser. Top-10 website Wikipedia uses Theora for all of its video.
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RE[2]: no hardware plays theodora
by Wrawrat on Wed 5th Nov 2008 03:05 UTC in reply to "RE: no hardware plays theodora"
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Says otherwise.

There are many media players supporting Ogg formats, but they are often not available at your nearest store. I was shopping for a media player supporting Ogg Vorbis last year and I had to order it from a store literally across the country. It might only be a slight annoyance for a technogeek, but the average Joe won't bother with that. Not really Xiph's fault, though.

AFAIK there is only one situation where ogg is difficult to get installed ... and that is in places where freedom-software is not welcomed (at least, not welcomed by the authors of the closed source systems, the user doesn't get a say here).

Well, given these systems are making the vast majority of the market, this "lone" situation is quite a big deal! Many high-profile open-source applications like Firefox and OOo became popular when they ran well on Windows, so I don't see Theora going anywhere until it's properly supported on it. Being supported by Firefox won't solve the problem, since people still want to watch videos offline or in another still-dominant browser.

Having said that ... it doesn't seem all that hard to do:
http://xiph.org/dshow/


To my experience, these filters are quite flakey and outdated. Same thing for the XiphQT component on the Mac, although it does work better. Again, it won't become a real alternative if they just manage to get okay support on the major platforms, especially when they already have to compete with different commercially-backed and/or standardized codecs and deal with the fact that most people don't really give a damn about the "freedom" of their codecs, as long as they work with minimal fuss (just like Flash).

Don't get me wrong: I support your point. However, I believe I'm a tad more realistic, just like another recent thread. ;)

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