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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chandler
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2006-08-29

This is not true. It is possible to use 2D compositing or 3D transforms on video rendered by native OS libraries and doing so will take best advantage of the hardware in the system. It might not be trivial to do this in Firefox's existing rendering pipeline but if so this is only a reflection of where Firefox falls short in using built-in hardware acceleration for graphics.

Flash and QuickTime are separate matters as HTML5 video is not constrained by the rules of NPAPI.

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