Google’s open codec arrives!
Google has now added it’s new Open Source VP8 video codec to the latest developer build of it’s Chrome web browser. The codec has been available to Mozilla and Opera developers for a while and hit Chrome in late may as of build 6.0.422.0.
Google acquired the codec when it purchased On2 Technologies earlier this year for $124.6 and announced that it had open-sourced the technology at it’s annual developer conference in San Francisco last month. Initially they had tried to implement a semi-free license that failed to achieve OSI approval, but have now relented and switched to a pure BSD license.
It now looks increasingly likely that the codec will become an integral part of the new HTML version 5 specification.
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