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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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.

If you can't avoid a risk, then it doesn't affect your choice. You just hold your breath and leap. As far as I can tell, the risks associated with Theora and VP8 are similar and both are better than any other available choice. H.264, on the other hand, is clearly off-limits.

After all the ONLY way for this format to gain any real traction is to have players manufactured

Depends a bit on what the goal is. I don't expect to put Blu-Ray out of business, just give the free-culture/indie-film community a better option than we've got now.

Casual viewers will probably be happy with DVDs, while serious movie fans will probably pop for an inexpensive HTPC anyway, which is becoming increasingly attainable. Lib-Ray is designed with the idea of being more convenient in that environment than Blu-Ray (or even DVD).

Meanwhile, anybody with an Android tablet or a desktop PC will probably be able to watch Lib-Ray without buying any new equipment. (At least I hope this will be true). Choosing SDHC as a hardware medium will help with that, as almost all of these devices already have a reader for it (and if they don't, they have USB which allows a reader to be attached easily).

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