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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Meh
by Bending Unit on Wed 5th Nov 2008 06:12 UTC
Bending Unit
Member since:
2005-07-06

Theora seems largely irrelevant. I'd never had to use it and I see no reason to in the future either as there are formats that are both more well known / supported and have better quality / size ratio. Does it have any reason to exist?

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RE: Meh
by Kroc on Wed 5th Nov 2008 10:20 in reply to "Meh"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

It's free to implement, and that makes all the difference.

If Mozilla wanted to use H.264 they'd have to pay a licence for each user of Firefox, and it could only be included in official builds from Mozilla - which would rule out H.264 support for Mozilla's unofficially supported platforms such as anything x64, BeOS, OS/2, Solaris &c.

Ogg is going to become relevant by it's inclusion into browsers.

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RE[2]: Meh
by hobgoblin on Wed 5th Nov 2008 12:08 in reply to "RE: Meh"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

and scares the big boys silly that have hedged their bets.

now the big tech equalizer, the web, wants to use something else pr default (never mind that one can stack media files using these tags so that the user or the system can pick the "better" one), one thats not part of said hedged bet.

no wonder they are fighting, there is billions in hardware and software, direct and thru IP agreements, that can basically have been wasted.

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