Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Feb 2010 13:12 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Multimedia, AV The debate about HTML5 video is for the most part pretty straightforward: we all want HTML5 video, and we all recognise it's a better approach than Flash for online video. However, there's one thing we just can't seem to agree on: the codec. A number of benchmarks have been conducted recently, and they highlight the complexity of video encoding: they go either way.
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RE: Bad comparison
by Lennie on Sat 27th Feb 2010 00:45 UTC in reply to "Bad comparison"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

"The most important feature of Theora is freedom from patent claims, maning that *all* browsers could implement it freely if the authors wanted to."

But they won't, Apple said, the will not add it to Safari. Although it's share isn't really big.

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RE[2]: Bad comparison
by larwilliams2 on Sat 27th Feb 2010 01:10 in reply to "RE: Bad comparison"
larwilliams2 Member since:
2009-12-02

"The most important feature of Theora is freedom from patent claims, maning that *all* browsers could implement it freely if the authors wanted to."

But they won't, Apple said, the will not add it to Safari. Although it's share isn't really big.

Yes they will. They just need Theora to become popular and supported in the major browsers, then they have no choice by to support it.

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RE[3]: Bad comparison
by arpan on Sat 27th Feb 2010 04:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Bad comparison"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Unfortunately, reality is that h.264 has greater support since it is already supported in most browsers via Flash.

The same h.264 video can be played in Safari & Chrome using the video tag, and in all other browsers using Flash, and it can also be played on most smartphones including iPhone, Symbian and Android phones and I'm sure Windows Phone 7 will support it (since the Zune already does) etc.

Theora support is currently limited to Firefox, Chrome & Opera.

Something drastic needs to change for Theora to be supported in all browsers.

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RE[2]: Bad comparison
by daveak on Sun 28th Feb 2010 11:37 in reply to "RE: Bad comparison"
daveak Member since:
2008-12-29

Apple don't need to add it to Safari. All that is needed is a Quicktime codec and it works. Install the (outdated) Xiph codec on a mac now and Safari plays Theora vids just fine.

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RE[3]: Bad comparison
by StephenBeDoper on Sun 28th Feb 2010 19:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Bad comparison"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple don't need to add it to Safari.


Except on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, where end users don't have the option of installing additional codecs.

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