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Working with Ogg Theora and the video tag

Aug 20, 2009, 16:34 (3 Talkback[s])

"Playing Theora videos
For anyone who wants to play a Theora video on their desktop, there's always a simple answer: get VLC or Miro (the same answer to the question of how to play almost any format). Since the 1.0 release, VLC has almost 25 million downloads, so lots of people already have it. For GNU/Linux users, Theora playback should be included with almost every distribution. And of course, you can also just open the file with Firefox 3.5 or later, or any equivalent Firefox-based browser.

"Video quality
Don't believe the FUD: the quality of Theora-encoded video for a given bitrate is excellent. While there are some reasons to consider h.264 to be technically superior, the difference for web-quality video just isn't noticeable. See for yourself, here and here.

"Theora isn't ideal yet for HD video (something about the motion vector being too small) but the consensus was that this is very fixable. Also, for web video publishing, you can use a tool like Firefogg to go straight from your original video (in any format) to the smaller web version-- instead of transcoding once before upload and again on the site (like you would while publishing to sites like Dailymotion, Youtube, Vimeo or Blip.tv)"

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