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ZDNet UK: Video Format Turns to Open-Source Developers for Aid

Jun 24, 2002, 14:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Video-compression provider On2 Technologies plans to announce on Monday that it will blend its video codec with Ogg Vorbis, a royalty-free alternative to the MP3 format.

"Under an agreement between On2 and Xiph.org Foundation, a nonprofit that serves as a parent for open-source development efforts, developers will be able to use an early version of On2's compression codec with the Ogg Vorbis framework. On2's VP3.2 compresses large video files into smaller ones so they can be sent over the Web, wireless devices, set-top boxes and electronic gaming devices.

"The partnership is yet another push by On2 to persuade developers and standards groups to adopt its technology. Four months ago, the company proposed that the Internet Streaming Media Alliance consider its compression technology as a video standard. And last year, On2 released VP3.2 to the open-source community in an attempt to increase interest in and use of the codec..."

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