[theora] This is a sad day for interoperability in the Web

Maik Merten maikmerten at gmx.net
Tue Aug 21 10:19:56 PDT 2007

> For the Theora case... It shouldn't be too difficult to do something
> quick and dirty on Windows.
> Use the ffmpeg2theora Windows binary... and create a C# GUI program that
> uses "System.Diagnostics.Start" to run it.

The problem with ffmpeg2theora is that it ships with a lot of decoders
for patented formats, bringing with it all the problems of "intellectual
property". So Xiph.org can't offer a bundle of a GUI with ffmpeg2theora
as official download.

However, if the GUI would automatically download a fitting ffmpeg2theora
build on first startup it may be possible to get around this limitation.

Maik Merten

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