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Modern codecs like AV1 can bring better quality video to the open web
2018-07-15T20:08:04.4881155Z - / Hacker News
In browsers, codecs decode video files so we can play them on our phones, tablets, computers, and TVs. It took years for companies to put this complex, global set of legal and business agreements in place, so H.264 web video works everywhere. Now, as the industry shifts to using more efficient video codecs, those businesses are picking and choosing which next-generation technologies they will support. But when it comes to video codecs, Xiph.org Foundation isn’t the only game in town. Open source, all the way downAV1 is well on its way to becoming a viable alternative to patented video codecs.

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