Linked by David Adams on Fri 20th Apr 2012 01:31 UTC, submitted by fsmag
Multimedia, AV "When I started working on a no-DRM, open-standards-based solution for distributing high-definition video on fixed media ('Lib-Ray'), I naturally thought of Theora, because it was developed as a free software project. Several people have suggested, though, that the VP8 codec would be a better fit for my application. This month, I've finally gotten the necessary vpxtools and mkvtoolnix packages installed on my Debian system, and so I'm having a first-look at VP8. The results are very promising, though the tools are somewhat finicky."
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0brad0
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Well I'd say there is another problem that will be a real elephant in the room which is why Google refuses to indemnify VP8 which is the patents on H.264 are so wide and so numerous that frankly it would be extremely difficult to do much of anything with video without walking right into that minefield.

This is why I had hopes that developers would refuse to support HTML V5 unless a FOSS codec was chosen as baseline as that might finally bring this thing to a head but sadly it looks like the lure of iMoney nixed that and with Google refusing to step up to the plate frankly trying to get any kind of FOSS high def format adopted by the mainstream (and to get that crucial hardware support) is gonna be nearly impossible as the hardware manufacturers won't dare risk the wrath of MPEG-LA.

So I just don't see any FOSS format gaining any real traction as long as the specter of being buried in lawsuits by MPEG-LA hangs over the manufacturers. instead they will pay their MPEG-LA license fees and then since they have already paid why not just use H.264? What we need is the FSF and EFF to get together with several developers of software like this and have it out in court with MPEG-LA. Because as long as they can drop the patent bomb on any company at any time nobody is gonna risk going against them, their patent pool is just too vast.

After all the ONLY way for this format to gain any real traction is to have players manufactured (probably by small companies at first) and then build grass roots support but if MPEG-LA drops the patent bomb nobody will touch this with a 50 foot pole. And you can rest assured that there is NO WAY that MPEG-LA is gonna give up becoming the de facto standard for high def video without a nasty legal battle, there is simply too much profits involved.


Although adoption has been a bit slow there is a lot going on. Android/Chrome/Firefox/Opera have support for WebM. A whole slew of SoCs used by phones and various appliances are going to be released over the next 6 months and some existing ones had upgraded DSP code as part of their SDK to allow HW accelerated VP8 decoding as well. My Boxee Box even has WebM support. IMO if this was such a big deal you would not have so many big name companies from across various industries commiting to WebM support.

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