For most of its life (since the late 1990s), the H.264 video coder specification (aka MPEG 4, class 10
) has been the video codec compression/decompression algorithm of choice in most consumer embedded and mobile devices. At last count, about 50 companies supply the H.264 hardware/software building blocks
necessary for building video-capable devices and systems.
A few years ago, that domination appeared to be threatened by Google's introduction of its open-source WebM video coder
, which Google was recommending to hardware and software developers building Android-based mobile and consumer video platforms. That domination seemed all the more tenuous with the availability of several other open-source video coder alternatives, among them Dirac, FFMpeg
But at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show last month, while I might have
missed them in the 100s of exhibits and demos, I could not find any video-enabled mobile, desktop or embedded consumer device or system using those open-source alternatives.
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