Google releases html5 video codec VP8 for free

20May10

Google released the VP8 codec to the public at Google IO yesterday as WebM. You can already get patches for ffmpeg, Firefox and Chrome will play it in the latest developer released and Google have already started to encode YouTube videos with it. If you’re a Mac user you’re out of luck for the moment.  Adobe have already said it will be included in the next version of Flash.

This isn’t a surprise as everyone expected it after the On2 buyout but what is interesting is that by releasing on a free license they are opening themselves to the threat of submarine patent disputes like Steve Jobs was eluding to for OGG Theora.

Via OS News

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