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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
News & developments about WebM are coming too fast to cover all of them, but it’s definitely encouraging to see that the free software world (as well as some other surprising, but welcome, players) has unequivocally embraced WebM as the standard for the web.