WebM: High-quality free and open video for the Web
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 4:00:00 PM
WebM uses VP8 for video, Vorbis for audio, and the Matroska container format.
That's right. Google decided to open the On2 VP8 codec, and share it with the rest of the world. They joined forces with Opera and Mozilla to bring it to a browser near you, and now it's ready for testing!
You can grab your copy of Opera with WebM support, and actually try it out at YouTube!
Google is throwing its weight behind WebM, and has countless content, hardware and software partners lined up. This is truly an industry-changing event, as until now the Web seemed to be moving towards lockdown with H.264 looking at complete dominance over online video.
With the world's most popular browsers and the world's most popular video site pushing WebM, it will truly make a difference.