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MacBytes
Oct 9, 2005, 12:39 PM
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Link: macTV begins offering 'theora' encoded downloads. (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20051009133928)

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Mudbug
Oct 9, 2005, 12:40 PM
this is great news. Now the two guys in the world using a theora decoder can watch mac videos. :D

jimsowden
Oct 9, 2005, 01:08 PM
For those who didn't know why this was important like me, wikipedia sets us straight.
Theora is a video codec being developed by the Xiph.org Foundation as part of their Ogg project. Based upon On2 Technologies' VP3 codec, and christened by On2 as the successor in VP3's lineage, Theora is targeted at competing with MPEG-4 video (e.g., XviD and DivX), RealVideo, Windows Media Video, and similar lower-bitrate video compression schemes.
While VP3 is patented technology, On2 has irrevocably given royalty-free license of the VP3 patents to all of humanity, enabling the public to utilize Theora and other VP3-derived codecs for any imaginable purpose.
In the Ogg multimedia framework, Theora provides a video layer, while Vorbis acts as the audio layer.
Theora is named for Theora Jones, Edison Carter's Controller on the Max Headroom television program.
VLC plays it fine for me.

dubbz
Oct 9, 2005, 01:09 PM
this is great news. Now the two guys in the world using a theora decoder can watch mac videos. :D

Wooohooo! I'm so happy!

nagromme
Oct 9, 2005, 03:39 PM
I'm all for open-source codecs. It would be nice if QuickTime and iTunes supported ogg.

winmacguy
Oct 9, 2005, 05:18 PM
For those who didn't know why this was important like me, wikipedia sets us straight.

VLC plays it fine for me.

I used to love watching Max headroom back in the mid 80's :cool: :)
It would be cool if they would bring it back. :)

redAPPLE
Oct 10, 2005, 02:05 AM
uh, sorry guys, but, i still don't understand, why this is relevant to mac users... could someone explain?