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[ZDNet]Google Removes Support for H.264 in Chrome!

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Google announced on its Chromium Blog on Tuesday that over the next few months, development builds of the Chrome browser would no longer support the H.264 video codec which is used in a wide variety of embedded video formats used on web sites all over the Internet.
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Goodbye Chrome, I won't miss you...

Opera is the best browser I have ever found, period..

Firefox is nice, but I can see that on some sites I am unable to play video, like Vevo. (pretty important) So, before they flush internet streaming down the tubes.... (You can do what?)
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And nothing in value was lost, as all the sites I go to and watch videos either use flash, HTML5, or silverlight.
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What the hell??? Why would they do this?!?! What possible advantage could it give?
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What the hell??? Why would they do this?!?! What possible advantage could it give?
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Instead, Google will put its support behind the WebM (VP8) and Ogg Theora codecs, which are Open Source alternatives to H.264/MPEG-4, which is licensed by MPEG LA, LLC.
They're going for the open source option and hopefully their market position will help them bring it to fruition.
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Thanks for sharing that Ice, +rep.
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Goodbye Chrome, I won't miss you...

Opera is the best browser I have ever found, period..

Firefox is nice, but I can see that on some sites I am unable to play video, like Vevo. (pretty important) So, before they flush internet streaming down the tubes.... (You can do what?)
H.264 is proprietary it's why they're dropping support for it. They're opting for something free and open source. I don't use Chrome, but I really would support them in this if I did and wouldn't stop using it.
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Good! I say weed out all the pointless codecs! I hate when there is so much different crap out there that offers virtually nothing over the other standards.

I find it kind of stupid though that most Android phones record in H.264.
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 1/13/11 at 6:39am
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And nothing in value was lost, as all the sites I go to and watch videos either use flash, HTML5, or silverlight.
First, you're confusing rich internet development techologies/platforms with a video codec. But regardless, this will change. Flash and Silverlight are probably in trouble over the long term, as a lot of their features can be replicated using HTML5.

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They're going for the open source option and hopefully their market position will help them bring it to fruition.
Google has no market position in the browser space. Chroms is a rounding error. As long as IE, Firefox, Safari, and mobile browsers continue to support H.264, this move will have no impact on H.264's use.

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H.264 is proprietary it's why they're dropping support for it.
Most codes are proprietary. The free/OSS ones are rarely supported unless the user installs the codec themselves, at least until it is to prevalent that it makes no sense to not support it by default I suppose.

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Good! I say weed out all the pointless codecs! I hate when there is so much different crap out there that offers virtually nothing over the other standards.

I find it kind of stupid though that most Android phones record in H.264.
You sort of pointed out the flaw here...H.264 is NOT a pointless codec, you get really high compression with still great results from H.264. That's why mobile phones use it, to save space on your phone. It's NOT stupid that Android uses it, it would be stupud if it DIDN'T use it!
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You sort of pointed out the flaw here...H.264 is NOT a pointless codec, you get really high compression with still great results from H.264. That's why mobile phones use it, to save space on your phone. It's NOT stupid that Android uses it, it would be stupud if it DIDN'T use it!
Mmmmm ok, I see your points now. In that case, hopefully there will be extensions that'll still play H.264 in Chrome.
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H.264 is proprietary it's why they're dropping support for it. They're opting for something free and open source. I don't use Chrome, but I really would support them in this if I did and wouldn't stop using it.
Thanks for making that very informative point.


I believe KLite Codecs Pac will give you H.264 Codecs support...
Edited by _GTech - 1/13/11 at 7:25am
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