THE VIDEO CODEC VP9 is nearing completion according to the WebM project, which said it's "putting the finishing touches" on it.
The WebM project is sponsored by Google and uses the VP8 video codec, which has been embraced by Google in its Chrome web browser and perhaps most importantly on its video sharing website Youtube. Now the project has said it putting the final touches its replacement VP9 and is working on launch plans.
Senior business product manager for the WebM project Matt Frost said developers are finishing work on the VP9 bitstream and sorting out launch plans. Frost said the project is accepting final contributor comments and making decisions about experimental code, adding that work on authoring a draft bitstream specification has started.
Frost also said that the VP9 bitstream will be frozen on 17 June, with Google's Chrome web browser and Chrome OS to implement VP9 by default. Google said it will support the VP9 codec on Youtube once it has enabled support for the codec in its Chrome web browser and, due to a licensing deal Google signed with MPEG LA, there should be no licensing issues with VP9 when it is released.
With Google's blessing, VP8 and the upcoming VP9 video codec are well placed to take over from Adobe's Flash video, which still lingers on despite Apple's best efforts to kill it. The only remaining obstacle facing WebM's VP9 codec is getting Mozilla and Microsoft to offer built-in support in their web browsers, though it is unlikely that Mozilla will wait very long to support it. µ
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