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YouTube-Google+ Feature Lets Users Have Video-watching Party
August 20, 2011, 7:14 pm
Filed under: socialweb | Tags: , ,

Will this be a Facebook Killer feature ?

Google+ users can now have a video-watching party on YouTube.

That means if you want to participate in making the latest viral video even more infectious, you can do it by combining the power of Google+’s Hangout and YouTube’s video-sharing functions.

Since the beginning of Google+, early adopters of the new social network have been raving about its Hangout feature, some even calling it G+’s “most interesting and useful feature.” Hangouts have been so well appreciated that soon after Google+ went live, Facebook made a counter move and announced its Skype-powered in-browser video chat service.

For Google+ users, taking advantage of the new YouTube feature is simple.

 

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Expanding VP8 Hardware Decoder for Full WebP Support
June 23, 2011, 11:50 pm
Filed under: openCU, openCV, socialweb, streaming | Tags: , , , , ,

With the recent launch of WebP support in Chrome, Picasa and Gmail, we’re happy to announce that the third generation G-Series 1 VP8 hardware decoder, called “Chip Shot,” now offers full 256 Megapixel support for WebP still images. The G-Series 1 is available for licensing at no cost through the WebM Project hardware page.

Chip Shot is part of our new golf theme for VP8 hardware decoders, as we noticed that most of the engineers working on the G-Series decoder are very fond of the sport.

 

The G-Series 1 decoder offers both 1080p 30 frames per second WebM and 36.5 Megapixels per second WebP processing at around 100 MHz clock rate. It is a full hardware implementation, requiring a mere 2 MHz host CPU load even when processing 1080p video or any size WebP images. The decoder uses 380 kilogates of logic area and 52 kilobytes of embedded single-port memory. The logic consumes a negligible 27 mW of power at 1080p resolution, ensuring many hours of video playback time on battery-operated devices.

Based on the previous releases of the silicon-proven G-Series 1 decoder IP, Chip Shot is a low-risk solution for anyone who wants to enable WebM and WebP support on their chipsets or SOCs. Including all G-Series 1 versions that support WebM, we have released over 50 decoders to our semiconductor partners worldwide to date.



Google to Open-source VP8 for HTML5 Video
April 12, 2010, 9:57 pm
Filed under: streaming | Tags: , , , ,

http://video.golem.de/player/videoplayer.swf?id=2857&autoPl=false
 H.264 (left) und On2s VP8 (right)

Google will soon make its VP8 video codec open source, we’ve learned from multiple sources. The company is scheduled to officially announce the release at its Google I/O developers conference next month, a source with knowledge of the announcement said. And with that release, Mozilla — maker of the Firefox browser — and Google Chrome are expected to also announce support for HTML5 video playback using the new open codec.

http://newteevee.com/2010/04/12/google-to-open-source-vp8-for-html5-video/

Freeing VP8
Simply open sourcing it and making it available under a free license doesn’t help. That just provides open source code for a codec where relevant patents are held by a commercial entity and any other entity using it would still need to be afraid of using that technology, even if it’s use is free.

http://blog.gingertech.net/2010/02/20/googles-challenges-of-freeing-vp8/

HTML5 <VIDEO/> + IE9

Yesterday at MIX Dean (general manager of the IE team) announced the availability of the first IE9 Platform Preview for developers. Dean also committed to updating the preview approximately every eight weeks. There is a good article on Beta News covering some of the technical details of the release. A key part of the announcements was the support for hardware accelerated HTML5 including supporting the video tag with the H.264 codec.

http://blogs.msdn.com/nigel/archive/2010/03/17/html5-video-ie9.aspx



Open letter to Google: free VP8, and use it on YouTube
March 18, 2010, 10:20 am
Filed under: streaming | Tags: , , , , , ,

Debunking Some Myths Of The Google/On2 Deal, Questioning VP8’s Quality

Following up on my earlier post today entitled “Google’s Acquisition Of On2 Not A Big Deal, Here’s Why“, here’s some more thoughts on the subject. While clearly no one, including me, truly knows what Google plans to do with On2, a lot of potential scenarios being discussed on the web revolve around facts that just aren’t accurate. I’m all for having a discussion on what Google may or may not do with the On2 assets, but a lot of folks are using bad info to come up with their logic behind what Google may or may not do. Here are some of the “myths” I keep hearing or reading about:

http://blog.streamingmedia.com/the_business_of_online_vi/2009/08/debunking-some-more-myths-of-the-googleon2-deal.html

Is Google spending $106.5m to open source a codec?

There was some speculation in a few list and blogs about Googles ON2 aquisition and the Free Software foundation released an Openletter to Google:

With its purchase of the On2 video compression technology company having been completed on Wednesday February 16, 2010, Google now has the opportunity to make free video formats the standard, freeing the web from both Flash and the proprietary H.264 codec.

http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/google-free-on2-vp8-for-youtube