[CS-FSLUG] From an elist....HUGH NEWS!!

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Wed May 19 17:46:11 CDT 2010

Remember when Google bought the company On2 Technologies.  That
company has a video codec called VP8, an H.264 competitor which is
actually better for streaming HD quality video.  Me and many others
suspected that Google was going to make VP8 open-source and push it as
an alternative to H.264 and Ogg Theora as the standard of choice for
HTML5 Video.

We were right!

Introducing Googe, Mozilla, and Opera's WebM Project http://www.webmproject.org/

Its a royalty-free open video codec based on VP8 for video and Ogg
Vorbis for audio.  Google plans to push it heavily as the standard of
choice for HTML5 Video and it will be supported by Youtube.

The announcement on TechCrunch ...

This has big implications for Linux where Flash tends to perform
poorly.  Since WebM is a free open standard then it could be
incorporated into Totem, VLC, Mplayer, and any number of video players
on Linux, Mac and Windows.  It can be incorporated into Apple's iPad,
iPhone and the iPods that support video.  This is huge news.

"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear 
arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in 
government." --- (Thomas Jefferson)

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