HTML5 video element codec debate reignited
Posted Feb 5, 2010 19:36 UTC (Fri) by Simetrical
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Not true according to this
blog post by the implementer:
We believe that the web platform must be built on open
standards and will therefore continue to support the Ogg formats: the
Vorbis audio codec and the Theora video codec. These, in addition to plain
WAVE PCM audio, are our "core codecs" which we will support on all desktop
platforms. . . .
For this release . . . we have adopted the GStreamer media framework as
an extra layer between the browser core and the raw decoding. Among other
things, this allows processing to take place in a separate thread, which
has improved responsiveness and audio quality.
For platforms where GStreamer is natively available, we are simply using
the system-installed version. Thus, if you are using Linux or FreeBSD, make
sure to install at least the GStreamer "base" and "good" plugins, otherwise
<video> won't work at all. . . . Having done this, Opera will be able to
play anything that GStreamer can handle . . . We hope you have fun playing
with this, but stick to Ogg for anything serious that should cross-platform
On Windows we have made a minimal GStreamer configuration which keeps
only the features necessary to decode the above mentioned core codecs. . .
On Windows (and presumably on Mac when support for that is added), Opera
supports only Theora for video. On Linux/BSD, it uses system GStreamer
libraries and will support anything they do.
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