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Google introduces Anthill hardware VP8 decoder

It's full speed ahead for Google's VP8 video codec. Now that the bulk of YouTube's video library has been converted, it's on to the next task -- which looks to be hardware decoding. To that end, Google has unveiled Anthill, a hardware VP8 decoding solution that is substantially faster and more efficient than current software solutions. Google's Aki Kuusela said, "The H1 (Anthill) hardware...

Enable WebM video in Internet Explorer 9 with a Google plug-in

Not too long ago, Microsoft released an extension for Google Chrome which enabled H.264 HTML5 video playback. Now Google has returned the favor by offering a WebM plug-in for Internet Explorer 9 users. In a move which we can only describe as oozing with self-confidence, Google points out that there are some known issues -- visit this page, and revel in its blankness. If you plan on using IE9...

Firefox Friday: Firefox 5, HTML5 games, WebM DRM, and beta updates

Like a fiery phoenix rising from the ashes, Firefox Friday is back! Mozilla has been incredibly silent since November, with the only real news being the adoption of two adorable red pandas (firefoxes) at Knoxville Zoo, Tennessee. The entire engineering team has been in crunch mode, churning through as many bugs as possible to get Firefox 4 into shape for late-February or early-March release,...

Miro Video Converter now available in Mac App Store

Miro, the cross-platform all-in-one media center app, made a big splash when it introduced Miro Video Converter last year. Now, the versatile (and free!) video conversion app -- known for its ability to convert to both WebM and H.264 video formats -- has landed in the Mac App Store. Of course, Miro Video Converter is still available to Windows users (and Mac users who don't have the latest...

Vid.ly offers cloud-powered universal video transcoding for free

Vid.ly, a one-stop shop for uploading, transcoding and sharing video content for all screen-sizes and devices, has just come online. You'll need a beta key to sign up, which you can freely obtain from Mashable, TechCrunch or hacks.mozilla.org. In essence, Vid.ly simply lets you upload a raw movie, and await an email notification to tell you that the upload and transcode has been completed. You...

Google defends its dropping of H.264, announces WebM plug-ins for IE and Safari

After Google's announcement last week that it would be dropping H.264 HTML5 video support, the tech world exploded. As the dust settled -- as the fragments of brainless bile drifted slowly back to the tech blog morass -- it became clear that there were two evenly-split sides. Half of the tech world, spearheaded by TechCrunch's slavering Siegler, felt that Google had figuratively defecated on its...

Google Chrome drops H.264 support to focus purely on open technologies like WebM

Google has just dropped a bomb shell: Chrome will no longer support H.264 HTML5 video playback. The open-sourced WebM (VP8) and Ogg Theora video codecs will be the only options for HTML5 video. H.264 will not be dropped immediately, but probably with the next stable build of Chrome. Google cites plenty of damning reasons for the exiling of H.264. Open codecs are improving faster, thanks to the...

YouTube finishes transcoding 80% of video catalog to WebM

Ever since Google announced its 'open source' WebM video format, they've been slowly but surely transcoding the entire YouTube video library. According to an update from John Luther, the Product Manager for WebM, while speaking at the Streaming Media West conference, as it stands now, 80% of all video available through YouTube is in the WebM format -- a significant amount of video indeed. This...

MPEG LA chases its tail, says H.264 streaming will be free forever

MPEG LA, famous for nothing other than a portfolio of pretentiously pathetic patents, has finally taken a swing at the rapidly gaining popularity of its free-as-in-matted-beard competitor, WebM. Rather than running out in 2016, the license to stream H.264 will remain free forever. This is a reactionary move to battle the rallying of Mozilla, Google and Opera behind the WebM video standard. As...

Winamp adds support for WebM video

The list of supporters for Google's open WebM video container continues to expand at a rapid pace -- and while most of the news you've probably read has been centered around web browsers and HTML5 video, desktop media apps are starting to add support. Apps like AOL's own Winamp, which just announced support for WebM in an official blog post. It may not seem like a very big deal, but Winamp is...

VLC 1.1 is here: hardware acceleration, WebM, extensions

It wasn't that long ago that VLC finally hit version 1.0. Since then, progress has been steady -- and today, version 1.1 is ready for download just two months after first going beta. So what's new in VLC 1.1? First and foremost, hardware acceleration has arrived for VLC users who run Windows Vista and Windows 7 or Linux. MKV HD support has been improved, and VLC 1.1 can now play VP-8 and...

FFmpeg 0.6 adds webM support

Good news if you use FFmpeg in your video app or if you're simply running an application which uses FFmpeg to process video -- and let's face it, there are a ton. Version 0.6 has just been released, and among other things it adds support for Google's recently open sourced VP8 codec and the WebM container. AAC and H.264 decoding have also gotten a shot in the arm. More detail about the release...

Firefox Friday Five: on security, the World Cup and WebM

Another week has slid past, and again both 3.6.4 and 3.5.10 have failed to emerge! I can only assume that Mozilla is feverishly working away on a critical bug or feature -- and really, unless they get 3.6.4 out of the door this week, I don't think we'll see Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 this month. Here's hoping! In unrelated news, Thunderbird 3.1RC2 came out this week. You know, I've never met anyone...

Miro claims first VP8 / WebM video converter

With the announcement of WebM, the big-deal new open media format for the web, the average user was probably wondering, "How the heck do I convert my videos to this new format?" The popular cross-platform media player and converter Miro has an answer to that question. Miro Video Converter is claiming the title of first VP8 / WebM video converter app. Miro Video Converter 2.0 also includes some...

Where to download Chrome, Firefox, and Opera with WebM support -- and where to try it out!

Now that the VP8 video codec has been open sourced and we've been told numerous apps (including four of the top-5 web browsers) will support Google's WebM, maybe you'd like to test it out? You're in luck: Google, Mozilla, and Opera have preview builds ready to go! Bear in mind that this is the first cut at implementing WebM, and it's not perfect. While the standard-def trailers I watched on...