[Icecast-dev] The new WebM codec

Alexandru Ardelean ardeleanalex at gmail.com
Sat May 22 02:06:15 PDT 2010

Hey everyone.

If you haven't seen this already, last week was Google I/O the third
The event page is : http://code.google.com/events/io/2010/
The youtube channel with the keynotes is :

One of the most interesting things at that conference was the introduction
of the WebM codec, which is a combination of On2's VP8 video codec (which is
now open sourced) + the Vorbis sound codec with a Matroska (or Matroska
derived) container. From what they said, the guys working on the OGG, Theora
and Vorbis have jumped in to help on the project, Mozilla and Opera have
also stated that they will support this new format, I've heard that
Microsoft would also integrate this into IE9 [although it's a bit unclear on
the details].
Apple seems to be the only one still resisting to adopt this format,
probably because of the fact that they hold some patent rights on H.264.

I would recommend that we integrate support for this new format into
IceCast, maybe also bump the version to 2.4; I'll try to work on this too,
since I'd like to setup a video streaming server with this new format.

How does that sound ?

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