Introducing WebM: High Quality, Royalty-Free, Open Source Video

John Koleszar (Google, Inc.)
Tools & Techniques
Location: D133
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With the introduction of WebM video, high quality, royalty-free,
open-source video is finally a reality. Already natively integrated
into the majority of HTML5 web browsers, WebM’s VP8 video codec is
drawing tremendous support from content owners, video encoding tool
producers, and hardware vendors, and has been
discussed as an open video alternative for the HTML5 specification.
is already producing over 24 hours of new VP8 content every minute.

A truly revolutionary moment in the history of online video is upon us,
and it’s all happening under a BSD-style license and patent grant.

This talk will introduce just a few of the advantages that make VP8 and
the WebM Project exciting for open-source developers:

  • Simple interface, making it easy to get high quality output without
    knowing a lot about video compression.
  • Optimized for x86 and ARM platforms, so it can be used on phones
    and tablets in addition to desktop and browser-based applications.
  • Features unlike any other codec, making it ripe for research in the
    academic community.

WebM is a young and small (but growing!) project, with lots of
opportunities for people of all backgrounds to get involved. We want
your help!

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John Koleszar

Google, Inc.

John is a software engineer on the VP8 team. In addition to day-to-day
development, he focuses on fostering adoption and development of the
VP8 codec by the open source community. Prior joining Google, John was
a software engineer on the codec development and embedded optimization
teams at On2 Technologies.

John earned a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute.

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