[whatwg] forwarded: Google opens VP8 video codec

Philip Jägenstedt philipj at opera.com
Thu May 20 03:03:40 PDT 2010

On Thu, 20 May 2010 17:55:42 +0800, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2010/5/20 Peter Beverloo <peter at lvp-media.com>:
>> Microsoft has announced playback support for VP8 in Internet Explorer  
>> 9[1]
>> under the condition that one has to install a VP8 codec manually,  
>> albeit via
>> inclusion in another program: "In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support
>> playback of H.264 video as well as VP8 video when the user has  
>> installed a
>> VP8 codec on Windows."
>> I think that's fairly significant.
> I don't. They're trying to make "if you install it yourself, it'll
> work" look like they're actually doing anything at all. But they're
> not, because the same applies already to Vorbis and Theora. If
> anything, they're just offering not to deliberately stop it from
> working.

That is unfair. While I don't know precisely what the IE team is doing,  
hooking up things like canPlayType to give the correct reply depending on  
what is installed doesn't happen automatically.

Philip Jägenstedt
Core Developer
Opera Software

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