[theora] Safari 4 Plays Theora/Vorbis

Philip Jägenstedt philip at foolip.org
Fri Jun 12 12:18:04 PDT 2009

I am the current implementor of <video> at Opera, but am sending this
from by private email address as I happen to be subscribed here since
way before working at Opera.

On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 14:55, Gregory Maxwell<gmaxwell at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 8:46 AM, dos386<dos386 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> (1) They can pay royalties, or play legal-dodge ball and gain improved
>>> compatibility with IE while losing compatibility with Firefox (and
>>> probably opera).
>> Heh ??? Can Opera 10b play Theora at all ? 10a definitely can't,
>> and I don't see such a fact advertised anywhere on opera.com  :-(
>> There is a years old experimental version (hacked from cca 9.52)
>> that can play it  __IF__ doesn't crash just at start ... and unusably
>> buggy with layout of some pages, so the Opera guys seem not that
>> enthusiastic about Theora video support ...

No, unfortunately Opera 10 won't have <video> support. However, we
hope to have more labs builds as soon as we have something new to
show. As for enthusiasm about Theora I assure you that it's there, it
is currently just about the only option compatible with the open web

> The fact that Video was added to HTML5 is largely due to the opera
> guys, and they did the first demonstration versions of it. They were
> the initial proponents. They're just lagging a bit on finishing the
> support. I understand that they have someone actively working on it
> again, so it should be coming soon.

That is correct, we were first with a demo build with <video> but
after that not much was done until it was up-prioritized and I began
working full time on it just a few months ago. The buzz around <video>
sharply increased in the last few months so we're feeling the heat

> The point I was making is that once Opera does it will likely be
> Theora only too, like Firefox.

That is likely, and I'll be at http://openvideoconference.org/ to say
some more on the issue.

Philip Jägenstedt

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