Wikipedia Chooses OGG Theora Open Video Format

by Developer.com Staff

Open video on Wikipedia could pave the way to better market penetration for open video formats.

The Open Video Alliance has launched a campaign to get video on Wikipedia.

But we're not talking about Flash videos, Wikipedia has chosen the open format Ogg Theora over proprietary alternatives.

The Open Video Alliance has teamed up with the Participatory Culture Foundation, the makers of Miro, to offer free Theora convertor applications for Mac and Windows.

According to the Open Video Alliance statement, "Video is going to enhance Wikipedia and make it an even better educational resource. Not only is open video good for Wikipedia; it's also good for the web. Wikipedia is the biggest site yet to implement fully open video, and its success will lend momentum to the movement for a 100% open and royalty-free video distribution system."

This article was originally published on Thursday Mar 18th 2010
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