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jeremy 10-30-2013 12:38 PM

Cisco Releases Open Source "Binary Module" For H.264 In WebRTC[

When it comes to making collaboration technology such as high-definition video open and broadly available, itís clear that the web browser plays an important role. The question is, how do you enable real-time video natively on the Web? Itís a question that folks are anxious to have answered.

WebRTC--a set of enhancements to HTML5--will address the issue head on. But, there is an important hurdle that must first be cleared, and thatís standardizing on a common video codec for real-time communications on the web Ė something the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will decide next week.

The industry has been divided on the choice of a common video codec for some time, namely because the industry standard--H.264--requires royalty payments to MPEG LA. Today, I am pleased to announce Cisco is making a bold move to take concerns about these payments off the table.

We plan to open-source our H.264 codec, and to provide it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Cisco will not pass on our MPEG LA licensing costs for this module, and based on the current licensing environment, this will effectively make H.264 free for use in WebRTC.

Iím also pleased that Mozilla has announced it will enable Firefox to utilize this module, bringing real-time H.264 support to their browser.

ďIt hasnít been easy, but Mozilla has helped to lead the industry toward interoperable video on the Web,Ē said Brendan Eich, Mozilla Chief Technology Officer. ďCiscoís announcement helps us support H.264 in Firefox on most operating systems, and in downstream and other open source distributions using the Cisco H.264 binary module. We are excited to work with Cisco on advancing the state of interoperable Web video.Ē

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