HTML 5 and video codecs…

Lots of fuss about the HTML 5 video codec. What is it gonna be? Theora or H.264. I would say both. Youtube, for instance, has a low quality version of the video and a high quality (HD) version. Why not encode the low quality “baseline” version as Theora, and the high quality version in the format-of-the-week (i.e.: H.264). It would be a bit like the “alt” tag for embedded pictures on the web. This approach does neither increase the disk storage requirements, nor the required bandwidth for Youtube, and the content is available to everyone. When the time is right, the high quality codec might be replaced with either Theora, Dirac, or On2’s (recently bought by Google) codec. I’m probably forgetting something here… 🙂


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