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Google launched WebM, a container for their VP8 video codec





Bondings
A lot of people were already expecting it after the On2 acquisition, but Google made a container based on Matroska, called WebM, with VP8 for video and Vorbis for sound. An open video format, free for use.

It has a lot of support coming from the major browsers. Opera, Chrome and Firefox are going to get it soon. IE9 won't have it built-in, but it will be available for download. Adobe also seems willing to support it in Flash. That combined with Google owning YouTube, that should make widespread adoption pretty easy in my opinion.

The only extensive review about it at this moment claims that they specs are made from code comments, the performance is a lot worse than x264, but still better than Theora. And unfortunately he thinks it won't stand up to the patents, due to too similar to x264.

http://webmproject.blogspot.com/
http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/19/google-launches-open-webm-web-video-format-based-on-vp8/
hunnyhiteshseth
Playing a bit of devil's advocate here -- will it be appropriate for whole industry to push for V8 codec when we are not even sure whether it will pass IP/patent laws against .264 ? I mean is it appropriate to spend so many collective man-hours in so many companies before being sure of that this won't go waste?
PureReborn
Bondings wrote:

The only extensive review about it at this moment claims that they specs are made from code comments, the performance is a lot worse than x264, but still better than Theora. And unfortunately he thinks it won't stand up to the patents, due to too similar to x264.



Want to point out that the author of the review is the project lead on open source version of H.264, x264. So when he says the performance is a lot worse than x264, take it with a (large) pinch of salt.

The Patent trolls are coming for WebM, but I trust Google did some serious analysis before making the claim of patent free. They'd be able to put up a pretty good fight otherwise, so there are some hopes there.
Bondings
Here is another review of H.264 versus VP8, this time comparing both visually for a test video. The conclusion is that x264 is slightly better, but not much. This makes it quite a contender.

http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/First-Look-H.264-and-VP8-Compared-67266.aspx

But indeed as some people mentioned here already, the patent issue is also very important. Software patents shouldn't be allowed and the rest of the patent system reformed, in my opinion. Patents were there to encourage inventions from companies, especially the ones that cost a lot to invent. Software patents curb down inventions and usually don't cost much to 'invent'.
app893
google is very good performance for us,it lead the high teach in the internet world.
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