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Chrome to Phase Out h.264 Codec for < video > Tag

   
11:23 pm on Jan 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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[blog.chromium.org...]



To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.

These changes will occur in the next couple months but we are announcing them now to give content publishers and developers using HTML <video> an opportunity to make any necessary changes to their sites.


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I'm dissapointed.. h264 is already everywhere :(

[edited by: engine at 10:55 am (utc) on Jan 12, 2011]
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4:14 am on Jan 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Are there any decent royalty-free codecs out there that ware better than WebM?
9:51 pm on Jan 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Are there any decent royalty-free codecs out there that ware better than WebM?


Windows (vista or newer) & Mac OSX both already come with h264 codecs by default. They're more than decent. Divx is pretty frequently updated to support new features & enhancements. Nvidia and AMD accelerate H264 very nicely on their gpus to.