[theora] [theora-dev] Theora 1.0 final release

anna at engagemedia.org anna at engagemedia.org
Tue Nov 4 13:40:00 PST 2008

congratulations to everyone involved!!!! :)

Ralph Giles wrote:
> Theora is a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy
> portability and requires no patent royalties.  While the Theora
> bitstream format was standardized in 2004 and our beta releases have
> been used by millions, this 1.0 release is an important milestone
> reflecting the maturity and stability of the Theora codebase.
> A number of leading multimedia web groups already support Theora.
> Upcoming releases of Mozilla Firefox, the world's most popular open
> source browser, will support Theora natively, as will releases of the
> multi-platform Opera browser.  Top-10 website Wikipedia uses Theora
> for all of its video.  "Open media formats are critical for ensuring a
> future where everyone can create and share media freely," says Kat
> Walsh, Wikimedia Foundation board member, "and so we congratulate
> Xiph.org on this important achievement."  Theora's success in these
> applications paves the way for wider adoption.
> The Theora 1.0 package includes a reference library using the
> revised 3-clause BSD license, allowing use in all software, free or
> proprietary.  The reference library uses a new decoder which supports
> the entire Theora specification and is significantly faster than
> earlier versions.  This high-performance decoder is already used on
> the XO laptop from the OLPC project.
> The package also supplies numerous resources for developers: a 190
> page format specification, API documentation, example encoder and
> decoder software, and a draft RTP specification for real-time
> streaming.
> Theora development does not stop with the 1.0 release. With
> sponsorship from Red Hat Inc., Xiph.Org has been working on a
> next-generation encoder, codenamed 'Thusnelda', which has already
> demonstrated substantial quality improvements without breaking
> backward compatibility. While Theora is already the preferred format
> for applications where freedom, CPU consumption, and cost are
> important, Thusnelda will make Theora more attractive for applications
> where quality and bit-rate are the only considerations. The new encoder is
> slated for inclusion in the upcoming 1.1 release of Theora.
> Theora 1.0 is available for download from the following URLs:
> http://downloads.xiph.org/releases/theora/libtheora-1.0.tar.gz
> http://downloads.xiph.org/releases/theora/libtheora-1.0.zip
> Technical support is available through the theora at xiph.org general mailing
> list and theora-dev at xiph.org developer mailing lists.
> Theora is mature software; do not be afraid to try it.  This
> release reflects countless hours of debugging, manual code audits and
> fuzz testing.  A scan by the Coverity static analysis tool revealed
> only two defects: one false alarm and the other now fixed.  We would
> like to thank all the volunteers involved in this project throughout
> the years for their hard work.  Your dedication helped improve Theora;
> this release is dedicated to you.
> The Xiph.Org Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated
> to open, unencumbered multimedia technology. Xiph's formats and
> software levels the playing field for digital media so that all
> producers and artists can distribute their work for minimal cost,
> without restriction, regardless of affiliation.
> Happy Hacking!
> Monty
> Director, Xiph.Org
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