San Francisco
– Google (NASD: GOOG) on Wednesday announced the launch of the WebM Project, a joint
initiative with partners including Firefox developer Mozilla and mobile browser
developer Opera, which aims to develop an open, royalty-free video codec.

The companies
seek a codec that does not need to support Adobe’s Flash, and is an alternative
to the H.264 video codec, for which royalties will eventually be charged.

The WebM project
will include VP8, the video codec Google acquired from On2 Technologies;
Vorbis, the open-source audio codec; and a container format based on the
Matroska media container. A full list of partners in the WebM Project is
available at the link below.


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(WebM project site)