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Google open-sourcing VP8 video may change Internet video forever

Apr 14, 2010, 13:33 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"For a while now, Internet video was simple. You used Adobe Flash, with its 95% plus market share, and that was that. Then things changed. The next Web standard, HTML 5, came along, but it didn't spell out that Flash or anything else would be the video codec standard. Then, Apple refused to have anything to do with Flash on its 'i' family of devices. Now it seems Google may be open-sourcing the VP8 video codec. Internet video is about to get a lot more complicated.

"Ryan Lawler reported in NewTeeVee that multiple sources have told him Google will be open-sourcing its VP8 video codec. This is a high-performance video compression codec that its creators claim requires relatively little processor power to decode and display, even at HDTV quality. Google acquired this technology when it bought On2 Technologies, a video codec and publishing company, in February 2010."

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