15 April 2010

Theora Gets a VP8 Engine

As predicted, Google is actively ensuring the openness of the web by open sourcing the VP8 video codec developed by On2 Technologies which Google bought for $124.6 millionOgg Theora was the codec that open source advocates pushed to use as the standard for HTML5 but it was noticibly inferior in performance compared to the proprietary H.264 codec which was backed by Apple and more recently Microsoft. If claims are true that VP8 can save up to 50% bandwidth usage over H.264 then VP8 will be the clear performance champion and since it is going to be open souced and therefore free to be used by anyone and in any browser, H.264 no longer puts up much of a fight. All web browsers and devices will soon have high quality streaming video without the unnecessary royalties.