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Video Codec Support in Chrome

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The web’s open and community-driven development model is a key factor in its
rapid evolution and ubiquitous adoption. The WebM Project was launched
last year to bring an open, world-class video codec to the web. Since the
launch, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of an open development model:

  • Rapid performance
    improvements
    in the video encoder and decoder thanks to contributions from
    dozens of developers across the community

  • Broad adoption by
    browser, tools, and hardware
    vendors

  • Independent
    (yet compatible) implementations that not only bring additional choice for
    users, publishers, and developers but also foster healthy competition and
    innovation
  • We expect even more rapid innovation in the web
    media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those
    technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To
    that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5
    support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open
    Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora
    video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open
    codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal
    is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our
    resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.

    These
    changes will occur in the next couple months but we are announcing them now to
    give content publishers and developers using HTML
    an opportunity to make any necessary changes to their sites.

Pretty bold…

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