Linked by David Adams on Thu 4th Aug 2011 19:22 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Multimedia, AV In a blog post, John Luther, the Project Manager of Google's WebM Project, has announced that Skype now supports the VP8 codec. The VP8 support is already available for Windows users who are using Skype 5.5. VP8 will be used to encode and decode the Skype video call if both the caller and receiver have clients that support the codec.
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by Icaria on Fri 5th Aug 2011 07:40 UTC
Icaria
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2010-06-19

A proprietary and heavily obfuscated product uses VP8 - why, it's not clear.

So what, if anything, does this change? I'd assume Skype already has better compression algorithms and is still going to default to them, so I can't see this as a big push for mobile hardware decode. Skype is also a closed ecosystem, so it's not as if it's going to affect any other devs.

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by Hypnos on Fri 5th Aug 2011 08:36 in reply to "."
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Well said. It would be more interesting if Google Talk moved to WebM, so that free clients wouldn't need h.264 encoders for video chats.

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by zima on Fri 5th Aug 2011 09:37 in reply to "RE: ."
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2005-07-06

Though that would most likely make Google Talk / Gmail video less interesting overall, as a videoconf solution which is (now) probably the best choice on slow & unreliable (aka "normal" or "typical") connections.

Scalable Video Coding ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Video_Coding , apparently spearheaded by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidyo , there's a mention of them when downloading Gmail plugin),) H.264 extension seems to contribute to how nice Gmail video is.

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