December 20, 2012

Windows Firefox stiffs Adobe Flash, plays H.264 YouTube vids

images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ9EaKSqzYMLGeRRblECeXUsers of the Firefox web browser on Windows can now dump Adobe Flash and still watch H.264-encoded videos online. Fresh overnight builds of Firefox 20 will now play footage found on HTML5 websites, such as YouTube and Vimeo, that use the video codec - without the need for Adobe's oft-criticised plugin, which also supports H.264. The Mozilla Foundation, which makes Firefox, slipped support for the popular video compression standard into beta-test versions of its browser by drilling into Microsoft's Windows Media Foundation, which does the actual H.264 video decoding. Mozilla is adverse to proprietary codecs because...Read more at The Register

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