Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th May 2010 12:52 UTC, submitted by mrsteveman1
Internet & Networking Mozilla, sticking to its ideals of the open web, decided long ago that support for the patent-encumbered H264 codec would not be included in any of its products. Not only is H264 wholly incompatible with the open web and Free software, it is also incredibly expensive. Mozilla could use one of the open source implementations, but those are not licensed, and the MPEG-LA has been quite clear in that it will sue those who encode or decode H264 content without a license. Software patents, however, are only valid in some parts of the world, so an enterprising developer has started a project that was sure to come eventually: Firefox builds with H264 support.
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Just boost the code from WebKit
by MacMan on Sun 16th May 2010 14:59 UTC in reply to "Why not just use built in decoders?"
MacMan
Member since:
2006-11-19

WebKit IS LGPL, so just look how they do it, and copy it. Note, WebKit uses CoreAnimation on OSX, and some DirectX library on Windows to display video.

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Safari uses QuickTime on both Windows and Mac. Chrome has the decoders built directly in.

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