Opera with support for WebM video
Published: Wednesday 2010-05-19.
Google today presented their plans for the VP8 video codec, a codec developed by the company On2, which was recently acquired by Google. As have been speculated, the development is done under the name of WebM, and as one of the first external companies, Opera have today presented a preview with WebM support. More information is developer Philip Jägenstedt’s own blog.
An open video codec with built-in support in web browsers opens up an interesting opportunity for replacing the reliance of Flash for video players, especially as VP8, contrary to for instance MPEG4, is not burdened by software patents which are expensive to license. Google also owns Youtube, which must be the web’s most popular collection of videos, and which to date has used Flash for their players, and thus not been available on platforms where Flash is missing, except for in specially-written software. With an open video codec perhaps we can see Youtube movies directly in the web browser even on mobile phones in the future? But, of course, given how much data transfer cost in mobile networks, perhaps one does not want to do that…
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