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80% of Daily YouTube Videos Now In WebM 163

Posted by timothy
from the webm-good dept.
An anonymous reader writes "OSNews has an update on the WebM project from a presentation given by Google's John Luther and Matt Frost at the Streaming Media West conference. OSNews writes, 'Earlier this year, Google finally did what many of us hoped it would do: release the VP8 codec as open source. It became part of the WebM project, which combines VP8 video with Vorbis audio in a Matroshka container. The product manager for the WebM project, John Luther, gave an update on the status of the project (PDF) — and it's doing great.'"
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80% of Daily YouTube Videos Now In WebM

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 13, 2010 @09:01AM (#34215260)

    "combines VP8 video with Vorbis audio in a Matroshka container"
    Yeah, I ordered that in a bar once and got really wasted.

  • Actually, I can't seem to use Youtube in Chrome or Chromium. Specifically, if I log in, I always get "An error occurred..." If I clear cache and cookies I can use Youtube. Everything works fine in Firefox, except apparently I just lost sound recently. I haven't checked cables though. It didn't work in chrome either.

  • Have they managed to improve the quality of the VP8 codec? Last time I saw a comparison, VP8 was way behind H.264 [multimedia.cx].

    And don't even give me that crap about "it's free, it doesn't have to be as good" or "it's only a web codec so who cares". If there's a number of big companies supporting the project and they plan on making WebM some kind of industry standard, anything less than state of the art is unacceptable. We'll be using this for years to come, so doing it right is in everyone's best interest.

  • How does the sound and image quality of the WebM videos compare to the versions in other formats?

  • I always thought it was Matroska [wikipedia.org].

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