Xiph.Org has just released a video entitled, A Digital Media Primer for Geeks. Hit that first link for the press release and hit the second for the actual video page.
To briefly summarize, the video features “Monty” Montgomery of Xiph.Org introducing digital media concepts for “geeks”. It’s a great presentation for today’s Internet savvy folks that, while adept at common Internet tasks, don’t fully understand how the underlying multimedia that drive the web work. Monty does a great job explaining things at a level accessible to a wide audience.
Comments are most welcome, and Xiph.Org has also featured a discussion page on their wiki.
The issues surrounding the nature of content created using the AVC/H.264 video specification, which includes the video produced by most camcorders, digital cameras, and cell phones in use today, have confused many people. In fact, people on both sides of the issue have made contradictory claims and rarely, if ever, were such claims based on actual facts, but rather, either speculation or misunderstanding of the issues that come into play.
One notable mention that came-up during the heated debate of which codec should be used in the HTML5 <video> tag was Ben Schwartz‘s posting, No, you can’t do that with H.264. Ben avoided the mistakes committed by most by explicitly referencing the legal terms found in the documentation of professional products, including Final Cut Pro as well as Windows 7 Ultimate.
In the interest of clarifying the ambiguous claims regarding the licensing terms of using the AVC/H.264 video technology, Libre Video has taken the time over the past few weeks to contact the MPEG-LA directly, the licensing authority responsible for administering the patent pool for the H.264 specification. We have asked them various questions related to what we feel are important issues surrounding the terms under which normal people are permitted to use hardware products that they have purchased and the resulting multimedia content created with them. This communication happened via a series of e-mails over a little more than one week that we have compiled together here. They graciously answered our queries to the extent that we can draw some concrete conclusions related to what users can and cannot do according to the licensing terms they are generally granted.
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The WebM Open Source License has been updated. This update comes after much concern had been raised about the use of certain language related to patent protection and its compatibility with other popular free software licenses, such as the GPL 2 & 3.
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News & developments about WebM are coming too fast to cover all of them, but it’s definitely encouraging to see that the free software world (as well as some other surprising, but welcome, players) has unequivocally embraced WebM as the standard for the web.
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Monty of Xiph.org Foundation has given us a demonstration update of the latest development going into the Ptalarbvorm Theora encoder, which is lined-up to be released as libtheora 1.2. The demo includes screenshots comparing the latest development code with the last release, libtheora 1.1.1 a.k.a., Thusnelda.