Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:20 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Internet & Networking Despite the recent interest in adopting HTML5's video tag, there is still one major problem: there is no mandated standard video codec for the video tag. The two main contestants are the proprietary and patended h264, and the open and free Theora. In a comment on an LWN.net article about this problematic situation, LWN reader Trelane posted an email exchange he had with MPEG-LA, which should further cement Theora as the obvious choice.
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Choice has been made
by cheemosabe on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:50 UTC
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2009-11-29

Unfortunately the choice has already made by Google and Vimeo. h264 will be the codec of choice for maybe 95% of watched videos for years to come. And, most importantly, because of this (partly) it will be the best codec to accelerate in hardware.

Really hope Theora will be hardware accelerated well enough in the future.

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RE: Choice has been made
by PLan on Sun 31st Jan 2010 15:24 in reply to "Choice has been made"
PLan Member since:
2006-01-10

Unfortunately the choice has already made by Google and Vimeo. h264 will be the codec of choice for maybe 95% of watched videos ...


I'm not up to date with the area but what's happening with Google and their ON2 technology ? Why buy it and not use it to maximum effect ?

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RE[2]: Choice has been made
by dalingrin on Sun 31st Jan 2010 18:23 in reply to "RE: Choice has been made"
dalingrin Member since:
2009-03-12

I think people are forgetting about Google buying ON2 for 100+ million dollars.
I think Google would love to use a free codec for their money loosing Youtube.com as much as any of us.

Edited 2010-01-31 18:24 UTC

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RE: Choice has been made
by Cody Evans on Sun 31st Jan 2010 17:30 in reply to "Choice has been made"
Cody Evans Member since:
2009-08-14

This is just a theory but:

All the videos YouTube offers in HTML5 were already encoded in H.264 for flash. So, testing the Video tag functionality on YouTube beta doesn't require re-encoding all if the videos on YouTube, a massive effort. I believe that once Google gets all the bugs worked out of their implementation, they will switch to a more open codec.

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