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[News] Patents-Free Video Standards Gain Momentum

  • Subject: [News] Patents-Free Video Standards Gain Momentum
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:23:46 +0100
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Introducing the Ogg

,----[ Quote ]
| Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you 
| the official mascot of OggCamp, the Ogg! I 
| came up with this little fella because we 
| needed something to decorate the merchandise 
| for the event and I think mascots are cool.
| As Iâve already established with Dan, Oggs 
| live on a steady diet of puffles, chips and 
| of course, beer. They usually spend their day 
| listening to podcasts, mostly UUPC and Linux 
| Outlaws, and generally looking cool. They are 
| born on the mysterious island of Ardour 
| (somewhere off the coast off France) and when 
| they die, they go to Ogg heaven which they 
| call The Vorbis. You will see lots of these 
| little guys around OggCamp this year, I 
| think.


Google to Open-source VP8 for HTML5 Video

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| Google will soon make its VP8 video codec 
| open source, weâve learned from multiple 
| sources. The company is scheduled to 
| officially announce the release at its Google 
| I/O developers conference next month, a 
| source with knowledge of the announcement 
| said. And with that release, Mozilla â maker 
| of the Firefox browser â and Google Chrome 
| are expected to also announce support for 
| HTML5 video playback using the new open 
| codec.



Interesting times for Video on the Web

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| If I told you that Google had helped fund
| an ARM code optimised version of the Theora
| video codec, most peopleâs reaction would
| be immediately to skip forward to the next
| blog entry. Audio and video codecs are the
| classic example of things that no one cares
| about, until they donât work.
| Ask most computer users what their
| preferred video codec is and theyâll look
| at you as if you asked what sort of motor
| theyâd prefer in their washing machine. âWe
| just want it to work!â they say. In this
| regard, itâs exactly the same for content
| creators and publishers. Every visitor to a
| website that canât view a video is one set
| of eyeballs less for a message to get
| through to. It doesnât matter how clever
| the advertising is, how much time is spent
| honing the message or how many clever viral
| tricks are deployed to attract surfers to
| the site, the moment the page opens up with
| a big blank box where the content should
| be, all that has been in vain.
| [...]
| Fortunately, there is some good news in the
| form of HTML 5. This new version of HTML
| (the basic language used to write webpages)
| introduces a video element.


Apple Slaps Developers In The Face

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| The fact that Apple would make such a
| hostile and despicable move like this
| clearly shows the difference between our
| two companies.


Get Prepared for the HTML5 Revolution

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| In many ways, HTML5 is an attempt to bring
| order to many of the features and behaviors
| that have become the norm in recent years.
| This section highlights some of the more
| compelling additions.


FSFE and FFII to Radio Station Winners: "rOGG on"

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| Radio Free Deutschland: For Document Freedom
| Day, March 31 2010, a couple of European radio
| stations were granted awards for using open
| standards.
| The radio stations Deutschlandradio and Radio
| Orange received the awards from the Free
| Software Foundation Europe and Foundation for
| a Free Information Infrastructure because they
| transmitted over the Internet in the Ogg
| Vorbis media container format. The free Radio
| Orange 94.0 in Vienna and dradio.de
| (Deutschlandfunk in Cologne and
| Deutschlandradio Kultur in Berlin) were
| honored with the awards (and a cake) the
| afternoon of March 31 under the slogan "rOGG
| on!" (see Gallery).

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