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[News] New Release of libtheora (Alpha)

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[theora] libtheora 1.1alpha1 (thusnelda) release

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| This is a very alpha release, and may be unstable. We're making it more 
| widely available at this point to facilitate wider testing and try to flush 
| out those issues. The primary change is a completely rewritten encoder with 
| vastly improved quality vs. bitrate in the default vbr/constant-quality mode, 
| and better tracking of the target bitrate in cbr mode. There are some minor 
| changes to the decoder and examples, but the new encoder is the reason to try 
| out this release.      



Theora 1.0 released

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| The Xiph.Org Foundation announces the release of Theora 1.0.
| Theora is a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy
| portability and requires no patent royalties.  While the Theora
| bitstream format was standardized in 2004 and our beta releases have
| been used by millions, this 1.0 release is an important milestone
| reflecting the maturity and stability of the Theora codebase.


Open source Ogg Theora video codec completes beta phase

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| The decoder included in the reference implementation supports the entire
| Theora specification and is said to be considerably faster than the beta
| version. The source code of libtheora 1.0 is available to download on the
| developer page under a modified BSD licence.


George Wright responds to backstage questions

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| Some of the backstage community noticed the efforts of the BBC in Ubuntu 8.10
| which was released on 30th October, to make a range of non-DRM content a. So
| we decided to catch up with one of the man behind the project, George Wright
| who is Portofolio Manager at Research and Innovaton. If Flash isn't your
| style we have the same video in Mpeg4, Ogg Theora and Ogg Dirac.


Dirac 1.0.0 Released

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| Dirac is an advanced royalty-free video compression format designed for a
| wide range of uses, from delivering low-resolution web content to
| broadcasting HD and beyond, to near-lossless studio editing. The v1.0.0
| version was released yesterday, and the new VLC version supports playback
| of .ts/.drc Dirac files.


Worlds first high performance Dirac video codec implementation available

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| Thanks to collaboration with the Xiph.org foundation there is an official
| mapping for putting Dirac video into the Ogg container format underway, and
| the Schrödinger project also hosts a proposal for mapping Dirac into the
| popular MPEG-TS container format, which is currently being considered for
| certification by the MPEG working group. We expect to see and provide
| mappings for a lot more container formats in due course.      



Summer of Code: Ogg Theora Port

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| Porting open, patent free codecs to our devices has always been of great
| interest to neuros and many of our users. As some of you Neuros old timers
| may recall, we were the first to port the Ogg Vorbis audio codec to a
| portable HDD audio player. Now it's time, hopefully, to do the same with the
| Ogg Theora video codec.


Sun Tackles Video Codec

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| Looking to boost the Web, Sun is working on a royalty-free and open video
| codec and media system, company officials said Thursday afternoon.
| [...]
| Currently, proprietary solutions are relied on, such as Adobe's Flash or
| royalty-bearing specifications like H.264, Glidden said.
| OMS is a recent project. Asked about the availability of OMS technologies,
| Glidden said, "Stay tuned. I have no announcements on any commercial
| implementations or time frame."

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