"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.
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
"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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