Posted Dec 12, 2007 23:19 UTC (Wed) by DonDiego
In reply to: codec quality
Parent article: Specifying codecs for the web
Theora is indeed not the most advanced video codec there is. However, if you had actually read the article or understood the issues, these patent-encumbered codecs are not simply even in the running for a W3C recommendation. Therefore technical comparisons to them are, indeed, quite irrelevant.
I read the article and understand the issue perfectly. My point still stands: If the standard incorporates a low quality codec, the standard is going to be ignored. Alternatively it will be sabotaged as we have just witnessed Nokia do. Anybody who thinks that a low quality codec will win the race on nothing more than its legal merits is deluded. What's worse, there are no hard facts that prove Theora to not infringe any patents. It's just a popular belief in certain circles.
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