[theora] FOSS Codecs for Online Video: Usability, Uptake and Development - First Draft

anna at engagemedia.org anna at engagemedia.org
Tue Sep 18 01:03:19 PDT 2007

Dear Theora/Xiph folk,
FOSS Codecs for Online Video: Usability, Uptake and Development - First 
A review of available tools for the creation, playback and embedding of 
online video using Free and Open Source Software video codecs and a look 
at the most pressing areas for development to enhance their adoption by 
social change video projects on the web.

I have been writing this report into FOSS Video Codecs for the last few 
months for the Transmission network of online video projects for social 

A version in PDF (see below) is also available for reading offline here:

I would rather have feedback into a second draft from the Transmission 
network before distributing the report too widely, to ensure the report 
benefits from all our knowledge and reflects the needs of the network. 
But I thought people on this list might like to take a look at the draft 
and let me know what is missing or pitch in with some different 
opinions. It is a set of practical recommendations for projects within 
our network and beyond, rather than an academic report.

The recommendations cover codecs and containers, player and transcoding 
software, server-side transcoding, embedded playback, support of FOSS 
codecs in popular CMSs and the development of a transcoder/uploader client.

The report PDF has some formatting errors and I'd prefer to distribute 
it in an open format - but I can't find a good solution for exporting 
from MediaWiki - please let me know if anyone has any ideas on this.



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