Google Chrome dropping support for H.264, will support only open web codecs in the future

In an understated announcement on the Chromium blog, going forward, Google Chrome will drop support for the encumbered H.264 video codec and will support only VP8 (through WebM) & Theora video natively.  This is great news for the open web, as it will further strengthen the stance of supports of free, open, and unencumbered formats […]

A Digital Media Primer for Geeks

Xiph.Org has just released a video entitled, A Digital Media Primer for Geeks.  Hit that first link for the press release and hit the second for the actual video page. To briefly summarize, the video features “Monty” Montgomery of Xiph.Org introducing digital media concepts for “geeks”.  It’s a great presentation for today’s Internet savvy folks […]

Open Video Conference registration is now open!

Registration for this year’s Open Video Conference (OVC) is now open!  Register on or before August 1st, 2010 to get the early bird discount.  This year’s OVC will be held in New York City from October 1 – 2, 2010.  Mention Libre Video when registering and…maybe they’ll offer a discount…next year.  😉

MPEG-LA answers some questions about AVC/H.264 licensing

The issues surrounding the nature of content created using the AVC/H.264 video specification, which includes the video produced by most camcorders, digital cameras, and cell phones in use today, have confused many people.  In fact, people on both sides of the issue have made contradictory claims and rarely, if ever, were such claims based on […]

The challenges in using proprietary standards (linked)

Venkatesh Hariharan, author of the Open Source India blog, has made a post that quotes Jonathan Gay, co-creator of the Flash, on the challenges in using proprietary standards.  It’s a good read demonstrating the real & practical roadblocks that royalty-based licensing schemes such as those that exist for the AVC/H.264 video standard that lead to […]

WebM License Updated to Address Concerns & Compatibility

The WebM Open Source License has been updated.  This update comes after much concern had been raised about the use of certain language related to patent protection and its compatibility with other popular free software licenses, such as the GPL 2 & 3.

Time running out for proposals for the Open Video Conference

We’re a little late on this one, but better late than never!  Time is running out for proposal submissions to the 2010 Open Video Conference.  The submission deadline is June 7th, 2010.  So, whether you’re a Theora developer, working on freedom-friendly hardware, or any other myriad projects in the spirit of libre/open video, it’s a […]

The WebM Project

It is with great joy that Libre Video can share with you this announcement: “The WebM Project is dedicated to developing a high-quality, open video format for the web that is freely available to everyone.”  The WebM Project is a joint effort of several industry partners, including Mozilla, Opera, and Google, to name just a […]

Theora: Ptalarbvorm project update 20100518

Monty of Xiph.org Foundation has given us a demonstration update of the latest development going into the Ptalarbvorm Theora encoder, which is lined-up to be released as libtheora 1.2.  The demo includes screenshots comparing the latest development code with the last release, libtheora 1.1.1 a.k.a., Thusnelda.