Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Mar 2010 14:15 UTC
Internet & Networking Now that Internet Explorer 9 has been let out its cage, we all know a great deal more about Microsoft's position towards the video codec situation with the HTML5 video tag. Microsoft has chosen for H264, a codec it already includes in Windows by default anyway. This means that apart from Firefox and Opera, every other major browser will support H264. Some are seeing this as a reason for Mozilla to give in to their ideals and include support for H264 as well - I say: Mozilla, stick to your ideals. The last people you should be listening to in matters like this are web developers.
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RE[2]: hmm
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 19th Mar 2010 14:54 UTC in reply to "RE: hmm"
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We know the options. Everybody does. That's not what this is about.

This is about what option is the best IN THE LONG RUN. We KNOW the cop-out method that is good for TODAY, but what about TOMORROW?

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RE[3]: hmm
by bhtooefr on Fri 19th Mar 2010 14:57 in reply to "RE[2]: hmm"
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What I'm saying is that it may not matter what's best for tomorrow, because the people who matter will go with the cop-out decision, and leave those that decided "correctly" behind.

The correct answer may be to get a team of patent lawyers with a computer science background, and create compatible implementations of H.264 that don't violate a single patent.

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RE[4]: hmm
by bhtooefr on Fri 19th Mar 2010 15:35 in reply to "RE[3]: hmm"
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Replying to myself, but there is, of course, another answer that I almost forgot about.


Google now owns it, and has a history of open-sourcing some stuff. Now, what would Google want with a video codec? They do kinda run a popular video site (currently using H.264,) they own a popular mobile platform (and could dictate VP8 support on that platform,) and they have a video chat service (no idea what it's using now.)

So, if Google opens VP8, problem solved. Hardware support will come from Google pressure on silicon manufacturers, and it may be more efficient than H.264.

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