Google Phasing Out H.264 in Chrome for Open Source Video Codecs

by Keith Vance

Google said that only open source codecs will be supported in Chrome.

Back in May 2010, Google rolled out the WebM project as the home of the open source royalty-free VP8 codec. Now Google says Chrome's tag will fully support open source codecs while phasing out H.264.

Mashable's Jolie O'Dell has the story.

Chromium project manager Mike Jazayeri said his team is "changing Chrome's HTML5 support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project."

"That means WebM (VP8) will be supported," O'Dell reported, "as will the open-source codec Theora. H.264, on the other hand, will be phased out."

According to Jazayeri, only open source video codecs will be supported.

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This article was originally published on Wednesday Jan 12th 2011
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