Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Nov 2010 22:36 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Google Earlier this year, Google finally did what many of us hoped it would do: release the VP8 codec as open source. It became part of the WebM project, which combines VP8 video with Vorbis audio in a Matroshka container. The product manager for the WebM project, John Luther, gave an update on the status of the project - and it's doing great.
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by kristoph on Thu 11th Nov 2010 22:59 UTC
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The title implies that 80% of the videos served 'daily' by YouTube are in WebM.

80% are available in WebM (as the article notes) but only a tiny fraction of the videos served daily are served in that format.

(Nothing against WebM. It's a great standard and a great effort by Google but it's still really in it's infancy.)

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RE: umm
by umccullough on Thu 11th Nov 2010 23:19 in reply to "umm"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

The title implies that 80% of the videos served 'daily' by YouTube are in WebM.


Good lord, it's a headline! Headline ambiguity is a standard part of journalism...

The article later clarifies: "available in WebM".

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RE[2]: umm
by koki on Thu 11th Nov 2010 23:31 in reply to "RE: umm"
koki Member since:
2005-10-17

Headline ambiguity is a standard part of journalism...


You missed one word in your statement. Let me rephrase it for you: Headline ambiguity is a standard part of *poor* journalism.

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RE: umm
by Lennie on Thu 11th Nov 2010 23:22 in reply to "umm"
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2007-09-22

To try it out on Youtube you have to enable it:

http://youtube.com/html5

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RE[2]: umm
by p-OS on Fri 12th Nov 2010 12:51 in reply to "RE: umm"
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2006-01-19

This enables HTML5 video tag usage only for WebM videos, others are still shown with he flash based video player.

Using Youtube completely without the need of a flash runtime however is possible by installing a Script that replaces all calls to the flash video player by a html5 video tag.

I use YouTube.js that can be found here:

http://fabportnawak.free.fr/owb/scripts/

I use it suceessfully with OWB, but it might work with other browsers, too (Opera,Chrome,Firefox+GreaseMonkey).

Please check the documentation of your browser how to install scripts.

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RE: umm
by cheemosabe on Fri 12th Nov 2010 11:53 in reply to "umm"
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2009-11-29

The title implies that 80% of the videos served 'daily' by YouTube are in WebM.

80% are available in WebM (as the article notes) but only a tiny fraction of the videos served daily are served in that format.

(Nothing against WebM. It's a great standard and a great effort by Google but it's still really in it's infancy.)


The "served" part you added yourself. There is nothing wrong with the text "80% of Daily YouTube Videos Now in WebM". It is correct to the letter. If Video "Monkey gets shaved" is served today in flash, and is now available in WebM you CAN say "the video 'Monkey gets shaved', now in WebM", because now it is also available in WebM. There is nothing far fetched about it. The title indeed isn't specific on being about "being served" or "being available" or "of those being served these many are available" but you can easily find out. Would have been a bit too much description in the title, wouldn't you think?

A little annoyed by the excessive nit-picking. I understood the title just fine on first read.

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RE: umm
by MissTJones on Fri 12th Nov 2010 12:27 in reply to "umm"
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2010-03-25

Note that if you opt into the HTML5 beta for Youtube it defaults to WebM and then falls back to H.264 only if the file is one of the 20% not yet encoded (or you're on Safari without WebM support) so I'd guess WebM is a big and growing fraction of the videos served as HTML5, though that in turn is probably a tiny slice compared with those served as Flash.

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