Future of Internet VideoAdded: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
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At the moment, the situation with Internet video is quite stable, as there are a lot of online video sites, the leaders being Hulu and YouTube, that provide streams via Flash plug-in and normally contain H.264 encoded video.
Of course, it’s a different story with video shared on peer-to-peer networks. It is mainly H.264 in .mkv or MPEG-4 ASP in .avi. However, there’s still lots of MPEG-2 content traded nowadays. In spite of the fact that the present situation seems to be pretty much stable, some recent developments have discovered a couple of likely changes which will influence much the future of video in the Internet. We now can see that Flash’s leadership is not so tight, after aggressive anti-Flash Apple’s moves towards iPhones and iPad, together with the gathering momentum around the html5 <video> tag, as last experiments by Vimeo and YouTube demonstrated. The html5 propagation is at the same time supported very eagerly by royalty-free software advocates and has already exposed the problems that many can see in the actual H.264 standardization for online video, as this codec is both a patent-encumbered, licensed technology and open standard.
The followers of html5 <video> feature approve experimentation by YouTube, but call H.264 use within html5 very troubling at worst and self-defeating at best. They would encourage Google adopting a video codec not requiring a license, like the open source Ogg Theora. For this reason supporters of free software consider html5/theora combination an ideal solution to the philosophical and commercial problems which is unavoidable in video world where Flash and H.264 dominate.
These recent discussions of the supporters come from Google’s html5 experimentation and from recently completed purchase by Google of codec company On2, which used to license its VP series codecs. The company has played a role in history of Theora, as part of the codec is based on codec technology donated from On2’s VP3. Actually, Google may donate codec assets of On2 to the Theora project, thus giving it necessary boost of development and technology. Therefore it switches YouTube over to html5 using the improved Ogg Theora thus eliminating the dominance of the license-encumbered and Flash plug-in H.264.
Great scenario, as it seems, but it will all depend on Google’s decision. We’ll see soon.
March 9th, 2010Posted by:
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
|Ok... im a huge opensource fan, but Theora in Qaulity and Compression is WAAAAY off the block for use in anything beyond Audio Compression(Vorbis)... |
It's license may be free and clear, but its Qaulity is NOT!
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