Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 1st Jan 2010 15:36 UTC
Opera Software HTML5 Video is coming to Opera 10.5. Yesterday (or technically, last year--happy new year readers!) Opera released a new alpha build containing a preview of their HTML5 Video support. There's a number of details to note, not least that this is still an early alpha...
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RE[6]: Comment by cerbie
by cerbie on Mon 4th Jan 2010 06:55 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by cerbie"
cerbie
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2006-01-02

It's no good if no one uses it, though. It's also no good if it is a moving target, which is a problem for many FOSS projects. H.264 was pretty much guaranteed wide use, and the format was set in stone some years ago, which is how it got to where it is.

As long as it stays in such wide use, it will be the one to choose. Even as royalties start hitting, the availability of H.264-enabled hardware and software will help keep it going.

It may not cost royalties, but it is not going to be free as in beer to add Theora support. If they get too greedy, though, it could happen. Not because Theora is, "free," but because H.264 would become too expensive.

Having a totally free initial period is not going to be good, if they turn around and start charging everyone, even if it's a nickel here and dime there.

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RE[7]: Comment by cerbie
by wumip on Mon 4th Jan 2010 07:30 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by cerbie"
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2009-08-20

Theora will be supported by Firefox, Chrome and Opera. That's a growing part of the browser market.

What makes you think Theora is a moving target?

Royalties will hopefully help kill H.264. We need an open web, not a patented, expensive web.

Theora will be free to support, and with several major players pushing for it there's no reason for hardware vendors not to.

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RE[8]: Comment by cerbie
by cerbie on Mon 4th Jan 2010 08:25 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by cerbie"
cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

"What makes you think Theora is a moving target?"

Its history was just that, until after H.264 came out. In addition, the encoder has taken a great deal of time to get reasonably good.

Another thing, too: I imagine many of the lowly non-professional x264 devs will get reasonably pissed off, if the royalties start to becomes detrimental ;) . That would end up good for several future FOSS projects, I bet.

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