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Re: Codecs for <video> and <audio>

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:26:34 -0700
Cc: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, Joe D Williams <joedwil@earthlink.net>, robert@ocallahan.org, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, David Singer <singer@apple.com>, public-html@w3.org
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To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>

On Jul 2, 2009, at 3:36 PM, Jonas Sicking wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 3:14 PM, Maciej Stachowiak<mjs@apple.com>  
> wrote:
>> Note also that besides patent risk, there are issues of coding  
>> efficiency,
>> availability of hardware implementations, and hardware in already  
>> shipping
>> devices.
>
> I still don't understand the hardware implementations argument. Are
> you arguing that we should use h.264 as base codec despite its patent
> situation? Or are you arguing that we should wait until there is some
> un-encumbered codec with hardware implementations before we have a
> base codec for the web?

I think there isn't currently a single codec that satisfies everyone's  
requirements. That may change over time. Right now it looks like we  
have the makings of a format war, and those often end up as lose-lose  
situations.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Thursday, 2 July 2009 23:27:19 UTC

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