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[News] Xiph.Org Extends Support to Royalty-Free Codecs

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Xiph.Org Supporting IETF Royalty Free Codecs BoF

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| For some years now, Xiph.Org has been gently advocating royalty free codecs 
| within the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) as a viable and preferred 
| alternative to patent-controlled technologies. Recently more groups within 
| the IETF have also come forward to support free codec standardization work 
| with in the IETF. On July 30th at the next IETF Meeting (IETF 75 in 
| Stockholm[1]) the IETF will hold a codecs BoF to take input on whether or not 
| to form a standards Working Group for royalty free audio codecs. The creation 
| of such a Working Group would have a major impact, opening the door to a 
| Voice over IP stack completely free of licensing and royalty constraints. 
| We're seeking to set up the same kind of open competition and cooperation 
| we've seen on the web that's given rise to tons of investment and improvement 
| in a very short period of time.            



Is Ogg Theora the Savior of Online Video?

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| I know, you’re going to tell me that the Ogg formats have been pulled from
| the HTML 5 specification and that they’re not the answer. Both Apple and
| Nokia have complained about the codecs stating that they are still patented
| and could create problems later (though I’m certain there are other reasons
| behind their public condemnation). But there are very few other possibilities
| as H.264 and MP4 are not free either. So it’s some murky water that we step
| into right now and going into all the details would require far more room
| than I’m allotted here on a daily basis. But I believe that OGG (Theora and
| Vorbis) could be the answer. Sure they are still within patent lifetimes but
| they are royalty-free. Yes that could be a problem later, but wouldn’t it be
| simpler just to get something signed and agreed on than trying to work with a
| codec that requires a royalty fee or starting from the ground up on a new
| codec?


The Saga of Ogg the Great

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| Despite the modest name, this is important stuff. As I wrote elsewhere
| recently, I believe that the arrival of Firefox 3.5, with it support for
| Ogg's formats, will mark a turning point in open video and audio. It's good
| to have background information on how it all started.


Wikipedia Gets Ready for a Video Upgrade

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| Key to Wikipedia's video effort--funded partly by the Mozilla Foundation,
| makers of the open-source Firefox browser--is Wikipedia's insistence that any
| video passing into its pages be based on open-source formats. In the future,
| the offerings behind the "Add Media" button will include a search function
| for scouring the Web for video content.


The Saga of Ogg the Great

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| Despite the modest name, this is important stuff. As I wrote elsewhere
| recently, I believe that the arrival of Firefox 3.5, with it support for
| Ogg's formats, will mark a turning point in open video and audio. It's good
| to have background information on how it all started.


HTML 5, Codecs and the Video Tag

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| The main focus of the Royalty Free Codecs session seemed to be around Ogg
| Theora. Also present though were Sun, speaking about their new Open Media
| Stack, and David Schleef to represent his work on the Schroedinger Dirac
| library. I would have loved to hear more about what was happening with Dirac,
| but the crowd wanted Theora news.


Dailymotion tests non-Flash video portal

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| French video portal Dailymotion is ditching the use of proprietary plug-ins
| such as Flash and Silverlight for its "pré bêta" Dailymotion site. Instead,
| the open video site is exploring the possibilities offered by HTML 5 and the
| pre-release version of Firefox 3.5. Rather than using a plug-in, the HTML 5
| video player used by the video portal integrates content encoded using open
| source video codec Ogg Theora via the forthcoming HTML 5 video element.


Google toys with plug-in free YouTube

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| Google has mocked up a version of YouTube built around the HTML5 video tag,
| playing mini-movies inside a browser sans plug-ins.


The argument for Xiph codecs

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| Yesterday I had a random technology developer email me with the question why
| he should use Ogg over other codecs that have a much more widespread uptake.
| Of course with “Ogg” he meant “Xiph codecs”, since a comparison of container
| formats isn’t really what people are asking for. He felt positive towards
| open codecs, but didn’t really know how to express this with reason. So I
| wrote up some arguments that can be made for open codecs.


why open video?

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| There’s one exception to this: video on the web.  Although videos are
| available on the web via sites like youtube, they don’t share the same
| democratized characteristics that have made the web vibrant and distributed.
| And it shows.  That centralization has created some interesting problems that
| have symptoms like censorship via abuse of the DMCA and an
| overly-concentrated audience on a few sites that have the resources and
| technology to host video.  I believe that problems like the ones we see with
| youtube are a symptom of the larger problem of the lack of decentralization
| and competition in video technology - very different than where the rest of
| the web is today.
| In my mind there are two things that help drive that kind of
| decentralization:
|     * You should be able to easily understand how something moves from a
|     computer-readable format to something that is presented to a user.  For
|     example, turning HTML into a document, turning a JPEG file into a picture
|     on the screen or using HTTP to download a file.
|     * You must be able to implement and deliver that technology without
|     requiring anyone’s permission or license.  In reality this means that it
|     should be available on a royalty-free basis and without encumbered
|     documentation.


Mozilla champions Open Source Web video

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| THE MOZILLA FOUNDATION is putting its significant clout and cash behind an
| initiative to create an open video format on the Web which would let users
| watch streaming video all over the Internet without having to use a plug-in.


Mozilla Goes to Bat for Open-Source Video on the Web



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| The video element is used to embed video content in an HTML or XHTML
| document.  The video element was added as part of HTML 5.


Firefox to Support Open Video Format in Next Release

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| Chris Blizzard reports from this week’s Mozilla Summit: Firefox will natively
| support the Ogg Theora video format!


two cool things: ogg support in mozilla and canvas for IE


Theora Video Backend for Firefox Landed

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| It was announced at the Firefix Plus summit today that Firefox will include
| native Theora and Vorbis support for the HTML 5 media elements. So <video>
| and <audio> will support those codecs built into Firefox itself. Chris
| Blizzard posted about this earlier.

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