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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
And the eyes they were / a colour I can't remember / which says more / from verse to verse
— A.C. Newman, There are Maybe 10 or 12
May 2, 2010
H.264 Wins the Video War

With Microsoft announcing its support of H.264 in IE9 and Steve Jobs as the format’s number one booster it seems that video war has been won.

FastCompany writes about the issue including noting controversies over licensing and the possibility that OGG Theora is a better option (linking to Hugo Roy’s argument here.)

My first encounter with OGG was in the early days of Panic software’s Audion which offered OGG encoding as an option. Royalty free and completely open OGG seemed like a good option…except that virtually no hardware supported it.

This is a classic chicken and egg argument, of course, except in this case, as the dominant player in portable media devices, Apple pretty much gets to choose who wins. If iTunes and iPods had supported OGG, I’ve no doubt that it’s usage would be much more common today.

At this point, at least for the short term, H.264 is the future, and future licensing issues will have to be dealt with when the time comes.

Posted by skooter at 5:29 AM This entry is filed under Technology.
This entry is tagged: Apple, HTML, Microsoft, Videos

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