More on Video Codecs
April 30, 2010 18 Comments
Recently, there was some discussion about Theora, H.264 and video codecs prompted by Hugo’s Open Letter to Steve Jobs. In response we reiterated that:
We believe that it is in the public interest for HTML5 video to be backed by multiple, open and royalty-free codecs available in a way that is consistent with the W3C license standards. We would absolutely consider H.264 if MPEG LA would make it available under open web terms as defined by the W3C standards. We stand by our position on Theora.
Often the debate is improperly framed as Theora v. H.264 or (name your codec), when the real question is what are the best, open, royalty-free codecs available that are compatible with and provide the best quality for the open web. Today, only Theora meets this criteria. In the future, it could be H.264, it could be another codec; some meaningful choices would be good.