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Google opens VP8 codec, aims to nuke H.264 with WebM

May 21, 2010, 16:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Bright)

"Today, Google, Mozilla, and Opera announced the launch of the WebM Project. The goal of the project is to develop a high-quality, open-source, royalty-free video format suitable for the Web. WebM video files do indeed use VP8 for their video compression, coupled with Vorbis audio compression. The video and audio data will be combined into container files that are based on the open-source Matroska container.

"Forming an ecosystem

"A host of other companies are also collaborating on the project. Of particular importance are companies like AMD, ARM, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm. Google is working with these companies to get WebM acceleration built into hardware on as broad a range of devices as possible; having a broad range of GPU and embedded CPU manufacturers on board will greatly aid that effort.

"Even without hardware acceleration, Google claims that low-end hardware will still perform well with WebM."

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