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Have You Heard of WebM?

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The website says this…

“The WebM project is dedicated to developing a high-quality, open video format for the web that is freely available to everyone.

WebM is supported by Mozilla, Opera, Adobe, Google and more than seventy other publishers and software and hardware vendors.”

Even though Google is listed fourth in the list, it is my understanding that they are driving the WebM project. Google wants WebM to become the default for web video and replace the existing default, H.264. While H.264 is pretty well entrenched, it is controlled by a consortium called MPEG-LA, which holds the patents and charges a licensing fee for the right to use it.

WebM would supposedly end all that, making it easier and cheaper for everybody and ostensibly bringing some sanity to the current chaos of formats. Some browsers are already building in support for the format. I, for one, would like to see WebM succeed.

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