Cisco will provide its own implementation of the H.264 video codec for free use


Web technology WebRTC (Web with Real Time Communications) moves Google, Mozilla and Opera with one purpose – to make possible video conferencing on mobile devices and websites directly in the browser, without the need to install any add-ons for this. Unfortunately, the recent development of WebRTC stalled due to the contradiction between the two companies, which were divided into two camps: one in every way promote an open standard free Google VP8, while others, thus pushing for more support H.264. Cisco may help the two camps to reach a compromise.

It became known that Cisco has decided to open its own implementation for the H.264 codec is licensed under BSD. In the near future OpenH264 video codec will be available for free download in the form of binaries for all popular platforms possible. In other words, any project or application, including WebRTC, will be able to use ready-made modules H.264 from Cisco. At the same time pay royalties MPEG LA does not have to. It is worth noting that the pay is not got to do is for the use of ready-made modules, while the source code for the application of the codec will have to pay royalties.

Mozilla community in the face of technical director Brendan Ike supported the initiative and promised to implement a Cisco support module from Cisco H.264 in Firefox at the beginning of 2014. The report said that the Firefox browser will automatically install the OS is compatible with the version of the module OpenH264, if this feature will not be disabled by the user in the settings. H.264 Support Firefox users to provide access to content without the need for H.264 decode it.

On November 7, the Internet Engineering Council (IETF), engaged in the development of protocols and the architecture of the Internet, is going to decide on the video codec standardized for use in WebRTC. At the moment, there is no guarantee that their decision is closely linked with the plans Cisco. True, H.264 is now one of the most popular video codecs and its application in WebRTC along with VP8 will allow users to think less about the devices and software that they use for video conferencing.

We recall not so long ago, Google and Mozilla had a chat with browsers with support for WebRTC .

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