Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 09:08 UTC
Multimedia, AV Monty from Foundation, the people behind Theora and Vorbis, have announced their support for Google's WebM container format. "The Xiph.Org Foundation is pleased to announce its support of the WebM open media project as a project launch partner. As announced earlier today at the Google I/O Developer Conference, the WebM format combines the VP8 video codec, the Matroska container, and the Vorbis audio codec developed by Xiph into a high-quality, open, unencumbered format for video delivery on the Web. Xiph will continue to contribute to WebM as a whole and collaborate in its further development and deployment." Remember, people, without the hard work from the boys and girls at Xiph, Google would not have been able to do this.
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With Mozilla now backing WebM, what does that mean for Theora?

"We don't have any plans to drop support for Theora. We've seen good uptake for it," Mike Shaver, vice president of engineering at Mozilla, told "I don't think there is any reason for us to take it (Theora) out, so we're planning on supporting both codecs going forward."

From an engineering perspective, Mozilla has had development resources tasked with improving Theora. Now that Mozilla is also supporting VP8, Shaver doesn't expect it to impact the continued contributions to Theora.

So there you go. Theora continues, despite WebM.

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