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Google Open Source Rival to H.264

Google Open Source Rival to H.264

World embraces H.264, Google open sources a more efficient codec.

H.264 is the standard codec for high definition movies and other content finding its way on to the internet. This codec requires a royalty fee from those content creators that use it to encode their video material. It took over MPEG2 as the de-facto standard in HDDVD and Blu-ray movies and went on to find its way on to many streaming sites including Youtube.

However Mozilla has been championing the cause of the open source codec Theora which uses a slightly older and less efficient codec for video compression, VP5. now though Google has decided to open source its VP8 codec that it acquired earlier this year as reported by Hardware Heaven.

The new VP8 codec is more efficient at compression than H.264 by up to 50% which means bandwidth savings for content providers.

More information can be found at WebM Project.

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