Google announces open-source video format WebM

Google announces open-source video format WebM

Summary: At Google I/O in San Francisco, Google's Vic Gundotra unveils a new royalty-free video format called WebM. Google has partnered with software developers Mozilla and Opera to support the encoding technology in their browsers.

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At Google I/O in San Francisco, Google's Vic Gundotra unveils a new royalty-free video format called WebM. Google has partnered with software developers Mozilla and Opera to support the encoding technology in their browsers. The format is based on the VP8 technology that Google acquired from On2 Technologies in February.

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  • Oh good, yet another video format.

    That brings the count to what, 500 or 600?
    No_Ax_to_Grind
  • RE: Google announces open-source video format WebM

    But isnt' this the first viable open-source/royalty-free format?

    Will Apple support it???
    rossdav
    • The royalty free aspect still might come into question

      @rossdav@...
      A good read.

      http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/?p=377

      It looks like it will lag behind H.264 (that has hardware encoding and adaptive algorithms) for years to come.

      So it might be "free" but somewhat inferior.
      Bruizer
  • RE: Google announces open-source video format WebM

    Hmm - another question: Is someone going to sue them for patents?? :-(
    rossdav
    • Most certainly

      The first knowledgeable review is in:

      http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/?p=377

      Slower software decoder (plus no hardware acceleration yet), quality sub-h.264 implementations, and "With regard to patents, VP8 copies way too much from H.264 for anyone sane to be comfortable with it, no matter whose word is behind the claim of being patent-free."

      Pretty much as expected.
      Richard Flude
  • RE: Google announces open-source video format WebM

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