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[News] Flash and H.264 Cartel Get Nervous About Standards

  • Subject: [News] Flash and H.264 Cartel Get Nervous About Standards
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 03:07:18 +0000
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Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch Defends Flash, Warns HTML5 Will Throw The Web âBack
To The Dark Ages Of Videoâ

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| Adobeâs Flash technology has been taking a 
| beating lately. Apple still wonât support it 
| on its upcoming iPad or its iPhone. Steve 
| Jobs calls it buggy and crash-prone and 
| dismisses Adobe as being lazy. Adobe is 
| trying to fight the negative vibes emanating 
| from Cupertino and elsewhere. It has already 
| pointed out that it will be easy to convert 
| Flash apps into iPad apps, and now CTO Kevin 
| Lynch is weighing in to defend Flash.


Oh, What a Lovely Standards War

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| You know something big must be afoot when 
| people start to get worked up over video 
| compression standards. Basically, the issue 
| is whether the current de facto standard, 
| H.264, will continue to dominate this field, 
| and if not, what might take over.
| [...]
| The key point here is that Mozilla's 
| stubbornness on this issue has *already* 
| made a difference â a financial difference 
| in this case. It demonstrates that Mozilla 
| was right to be stubborn, and shows why it 
| is right to stand up for the Open Web 
| wherever it may be threatened. Moreover, 
| this provides yet another demonstration of 
| the fact that you don't have to believe in 
| free software's principles to benefit from 
| its victories: you get them to share in them 
| anyway. 


China (Hearts) Royalty-Free Standards?

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| The royalty-free option is exactly what free 
| software needs, and what patent holders have 
| been fighting against so hard in the West 
| (nominal fee is still problematic, though).



MPEG LA Extends H.264 Royalty-Free Period


H.264 for Internet video to be royalty free till 2016

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| The move will allow internet broadcasters,
| including YouTube and Vimeo, to continue
| providing H.264 encoded content.


No, you canât do that with H.264

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| A lot of commercial software comes with
| H.264 encoders and decoders, and some
| computers arrive with this software
| preinstalled. This leads a lot of people to
| believe that they can legally view and
| create H.264 videos for whatever purpose
| they like. Unfortunately for them, it ainât
| so.


W3C proposes hardware interface

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| The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) draft
| for a "System Information API" specifies
| JavaScript functions for accessing the
| battery, CPU, sensors and other hardware
| characteristics of a device. For this
| purpose, the window.navigator object's
| SystemInfo interface has to implement the
| get, set and watch methods. set can only be
| applied to some screen properties such as
| brightness and orientation, while all other
| hardware properties are marked as readonly.
| watch is used for monitoring readings, for
| example those of a heat sensor.


MPlayer Now Supports Most HD-DVD/Blu-Ray Codecs

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| This news is coming a few days late
| (MPlayer's web-site lacks any RSS or
| syndication support), but the latest
| MPlayer code in their SVN trunk now
| supports most HD-DVD and Blu-ray codecs.
| Earlier this year we talked about possible
| Blu-ray support for FFmpeg and developers
| becoming more interested after we
| interviewed the FFmpeg developers and there
| ended up being an outpouring of support by
| our readers offering up Blu-ray drives and
| other forms of help.


FFmpeg Gains VDPAU MPEG-4 ASP Acceleration

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| What we were in the process of writing
| about when we discovered MPlayer's support
| for most Blu-ray and HD-DVD codecs was that
| there is now support for MPEG-4 ASP
| decoding with VDPAU (NVIDIA's Video Decode
| and Presentation API for Unix) in the
| mainline FFmpeg tree.

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