Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 16:50 UTC
Internet & Networking Microsoft did two things today. First, it released an H.264 plugin for HTML5 video for Google's Chrome web browser which makes use of Media Foundation. The usefulness of this plugin is limited, however, since it's only for Windows 7 users. Much more interesting is that Microsoft has opened the door to out-of-the-box WebM/VP8 support in Internet Explorer 9.
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RE[4]: Happy as Enduser
by brichpmr on Thu 3rd Feb 2011 11:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Happy as Enduser "
brichpmr
Member since:
2006-04-22

"[q]The only culprit remaining is Apple.


Safari plays all its HTML5 media using QuickTime. Install a QuickTime component that supports WebM playback and Safari will play WebM video. Such a component has been available since August.

There is no real qualitative difference between how one can playback WebM in Safari or IE9.
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Apple is a culprit because of iOS, not because of OSX. [/q]

As I view high quality H.264 videos on my iPhone 4, the thought that Apple is 'a culprit' re iOS never crosses my mind.....only the satisfaction of a well-engineered solution that doesn't kill battery life.

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RE[5]: Happy as Enduser
by lemur2 on Thu 3rd Feb 2011 11:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Happy as Enduser "
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

As I view high quality H.264 videos on my iPhone 4, the thought that Apple is 'a culprit' re iOS never crosses my mind.....only the satisfaction of a well-engineered solution that doesn't kill battery life.


It isn't a well-engineered solution at all if it doesn't accomodate a very large contingent of users (Windows XP users), and it doesn't allow one of the major browser writers (non-profit Mozilla) to implement a solution.

On your limited-size iPhone 4 screen, if a player (especially one with GPU hardware acceleration of rendering) were allowed:
http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Mozilla-releases-Firefox-4-B...
http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/02/latest-firefox-beta...
WebM videos would be rendered with every bit of the same quality as H.264, to the extent that you could not tell the difference in a blind test.

Edited 2011-02-03 11:46 UTC

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RE[6]: Happy as Enduser
by brichpmr on Thu 3rd Feb 2011 22:42 in reply to "RE[5]: Happy as Enduser "
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

"As I view high quality H.264 videos on my iPhone 4, the thought that Apple is 'a culprit' re iOS never crosses my mind.....only the satisfaction of a well-engineered solution that doesn't kill battery life.


It isn't a well-engineered solution at all if it doesn't accomodate a very large contingent of users (Windows XP users), and it doesn't allow one of the major browser writers (non-profit Mozilla) to implement a solution.

On your limited-size iPhone 4 screen, if a player (especially one with GPU hardware acceleration of rendering) were allowed:

XP is basically at end of life....Win 7 is the way to go on that platform. H.264 is just swell as baked into iPhone 4. WebM is not needed on my platforms of choice...ymmv.
http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Mozilla-releases-Firefox-4-B... href="tel:1182139">1182139.html
http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/02/latest-firefox-beta...
WebM videos would be rendered with every bit of the same quality as H.264, to the extent that you could not tell the difference in a blind test.
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RE[6]: Happy as Enduser
by lucas_maximus on Mon 7th Feb 2011 14:03 in reply to "RE[5]: Happy as Enduser "
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It isn't a well-engineered solution at all if it doesn't accomodate a very large contingent of users (Windows XP users), and it doesn't allow one of the major browser writers (non-profit Mozilla) to implement a solution.


It is a well engineered solution, the problem is legal, not technical.

WebM videos would be rendered with every bit of the same quality as H.264, to the extent that you could not tell the difference in a blind test.


However he does not have a hardware decoder for WebM in his iPhone, so his battery will last all of 5 minutes playing it.

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