Google debuted its open, royalty-free WebM video format last month. Based on the open-source V8 video codec, WebM is meant as a challenger to the propriety H.264 video codec, which threatens to saddle web video with hefty licensing fees and royalties.
Google, Opera and Mozilla are easily its most prominent backers, with the trio pledging WebM support in their respective browsers. As for the rival camp, Apple's weight is firmly behind H.264, whereas another important patron, Microsoft, has decided to support both H.264 and WebM beginning with IE9.
“Like every codec, WebM is not immune to change; the difference in our project is that the improvements are publicly visible, and compatibility and implementation issues can be worked through in an open forum,” Jim Bankoski, Google's Codec Engineering Manager, wrote in a blog post.
First, it was Firefox, then it was Chrome, and now it is VLC. Another fantastic open source software title is making it easy for developers to enhance an already fully featured application.
At the moment, VLC extension support is limited to the nightly builds, so there currently is not a “stable build,” and subsequently there aren’t many extensions to download (one, in fact). The extensions use a lightweight scripting language known as Lua, which is embedded inside the media player. Extensions can range in functionality from getting lyrics and finding subtitles, to getting the latest concert information for an artist.