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Google to Open-source VP8 for HTML5 Video
April 12, 2010, 9:57 pm
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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
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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