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1 Political Atheist  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 9:21:07am

Thanks for the heads up. As a guy who produces video for the web, this is very frustrating. This codec works really well.

2 Randy W. Weeks  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 1:41:09pm

So is H.264 not open source?

I don't watch much video (except on my 60" HDTV), but do use the dev build of Chrome and watch the occasional YouTube video, Vemo music video or movie trailer.

Not exactly sure what this means, to be honest.

3 Velvet Elvis  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:15:17pm

H.265 requires that a license be paid to mpeg-la for deployments over 100,000 copies or something like that. In effect this means it can't be used by open source projects or on linux systems. It can't be used in Firefox.

Google developed and released the open WebM format (VP8 video, vobis audio, matroska container) for use as an alternative that may be freely used by anyone with no patent issues to worry about.

H.264 is owned my Mpeg-LA which has promised it may be freely used for all but the largest deployments (ie, apple, microsoft, and google have to pay for it) up until 2015 (I think the date is). Nobody knows what they are going to do after that date and they have clearly reserved they right to jerk everyone around once they have monopoly control over audio codecs on the web.

Most new flash videos use H.264 as well. Flash is just a container format.

4 Randy W. Weeks  Fri, Jan 14, 2011 12:04:15pm

A little more info from Google about this decision

This evidentially just applies to the HTML5 tag.

5 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Mon, Jan 17, 2011 12:56:40pm

Good. WebM should be the new standard.


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