"The biggest video problem open source developers need to solve
isn't with video editing software, but with Internet video
delivery, which is currently dominated by Adobe Flash. There are
several good reasons why Flash is the most popular method of
putting video on the Internet, but Macromedia (since purchased by
Adobe) made a horrible decision when it released Flash 8. Its
choice of a proprietary video compression codec makes a free
replacement for Flash not only desirable, but necessary--and I mean
for business reasons, not just because of software ideology. If
Adobe's management had done even a little cursory reading about the
history of the oil business and OPEC, its Flash product line would
not be heading for the ripe, green pickle that is inevitably going
to hit it in the face within the next few years.
"Let's start by talking about why Flash is so popular..."
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