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post #1 of 6 Old 05-19-2010, 05:16 PM - Thread Starter
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Google Releases Full Open Source Video Codec


At Google's annual developers conference today most analysts were predicting Google to announce their partnerships with manufactures for new television set-top boxes built with Google's Android OS. They didn't --- but they did announce that they plan to make their WebM codec completely open source and license free. The video codec was acquired earlier this year for $124.6 million from On2 Technologies and is competing with h264 which is owned by the MPEG LA a patent pool which both Apple and Microsoft are part of. Beginning today, all videos that are 720p or larger uploaded to YouTube will be be encoded in WebM. Google has also released a WebM software developer kit and source code.

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-20-2010, 12:32 PM
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Google just gave the Internet community a $124 million Christmas present. The lack of a well performing HD open source codec had been holding many projects back. Hopefully it will work well and be quickly adopted.
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That's sort of amazing. It will be interesting to see if the majors try and resist it though. I can see apple ignoring it quite readily.
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It will be interesting, since the broadcast industry has FULLY adopted H264 video encoding, including BluRay, DirecTV, Echostar, cableCo's, and others.

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Have been an On2 supporter for years now. VP6 got some glory cos of Flash 8 (YouTube, etc.), VP7 in Skype and I hope VP8 replaces Theora as the default HTML5 video codec which is based on VP3.

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It will be interesting, since the broadcast industry has FULLY adopted H264 video encoding, including BluRay, DirecTV, Echostar, cableCo's, and others.

Sounds fine to me. One codec for pay-content and one free, open codec for internet video. Many have tried, but only Google has the clout to make a video codec a standard. Bout time.
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