Posts Tagged ‘H264’

A Dear John Letter to Firefox

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Dear Firefox Letter
Dear Firefox,

We met when you were 1.5, and started dating when you were 2.0. We enjoyed making fun of my clueless ex, Internet Explorer. IE seemed great at the time, but you showed me the error of my ways. IE was selfish and wanted to do everything its own way. You truly believed in collaboration and gratefully accepted suggestions. When you brought Firebug to the party, I became deeply committed to our relationship. Before Firebug I had no idea how difficult my life was, or the abuse of “error on line 0 character 0″; or blank, failed, pages and the silent treatment. You were very up-front with my errors, and kept life spicy with tabs, smart bookmarks, and an Awesome Bar that was truly awesome. Sure you didn’t load pages as fast as the other browsers, but I’m not greedy and the most important thing in my life was never… “cache”. Life was never boring, and at the nearest hint that it was, you would whisper in my ear, “I have a new AddOn…” And boy oh boy, I’ll never forget the first night with that Greasemonkey.
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The Impact of Chrome Dropping the H.264 Codec

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

This is an excerpt from my article on BetterVideo:

Chrome recently made the announcement that they will soon discontinue support for the H.264 video codec. While end users may not care, nor should they notice, to video producers this is significant, because supporting multiple codecs means higher costs and longer development.
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HTML5 Video Mysteries Explained

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

There can be a cloud of mystery surrounding new technologies. HTML5 Video is especially problematic since it is not just one technology, there are multiple codecs and file formats. When is a good time to adopt? Is it possible that you can adopt too late or too soon?

In this IBM developerWorks article, I show the progression of the early days of the Internet and choppy, “cross your fingers and hope it works” digital video to its current state of the browser vendors attempting to reclaim native video from the Adobe Flash plugin.

The idea behind HTML5 Video was simplicity… but the current result is not so simple. This article defines some of the difficult video terminology to make it easier to understand how it works, so that you can look at today’s fragmented situation and still make the best decisions for you or your company.

I’m also quite honored to have had my blog voted as best article of the week, and displayed prominently on the Web Development front page.

Article: Introduction to HTML5 Video

You may also be interested in the video and the presentation upon which this article was based.

Google WebM and the Future of Web Video

Monday, June 7th, 2010

This is my first cross-post, done with the blog at my employer, BetterVideo. The original post can be found here.

BetterVideo is looking closely into the new Google WebM video codec and weighing its potential on whether it will be the web codec of the future. While it's still too early to make a determination, there are many facts available, and the WebM project is proceeding at a brisk pace.

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