[whatwg] forwarded: Google opens VP8 video codec

Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ) ngompa13 at gmail.com
Thu May 20 02:34:49 PDT 2010

On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 4:27 AM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 20 May 2010 00:38, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> > x264 don't think much of VP8, they think it's just not ready:
> > http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/?p=377
> > OTOH, that may not end up mattering.
> Greg Maxwell thinks it's only about as much of a car crash as VP3 was
> when it was released:
> http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2010-May/047795.html
> "You should have seen what VP3 was like when it was handed over to
> Xiph.Org.  The software was horribly buggy, slow, and the quality was
> fairly poor (at least compared to the current status)."
> What it needs, of course, is a plugin for *current* browsers, more
> than the Chrome/Chromium dev channel.
> In any case - interesting times :-D
> - d.

Opera has already made a GStreamer plugin for VP8 and released it in their
gstreamer git repository, and Firefox already has support integrated into
the trunk.

The real problem is getting libvpx included into distros. The buildsystem
doesn't currently build shared libraries, only static ones. Yay for custom
buildsystems... In any case, it looks like Fedora has hacked around that
issue and will hopefully soon include it in the distro package lists.
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