VP3, Vorbis makers team for free MPEG-4 alternative

With the licensing costs of MPEG-4 still at issue for content delivery companies, VP3 makers On2 Technologies Inc. and Vorbis developers Xiph.org today announced a potentially appealing alternative.

The two organizations have announced an agreement that makes Xiph.opg the prime source of support, distribution and development of On2's VP3 video compression technology.

Xiph.org has announced plans to integrate VP3 into the Ogg Multimedia Framework, which they said will provide an open-source and royalty-free alternative to MPEG-4.

On2 said it's VP3.2 video compression technology is the most efficient open source video code available -- the technology provides high quality video playback and the lowest data rates while still retailing the video's full frame-rate. The VP3.2 codec is supported by RealNetworks Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. -- it's available as part of Apple's QuickTime technology.

Vorbis is the first in a family of Ogg multimedia coding formats to be released by the Xiph.org Foundation. The developers describe it as "a fully open, non-proprietary, patent-and-royalty-free, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality audio applications."

Xiph.org Foundation CEO Emmett Plant said that there's more to this agreement than putting to rest licensing fees, though. "It's also about giving people the ability to download, modify and distribute the VP3 source code with wild abandon. We're extremely happy to be working with On2 on this project. We're not just developing a great multimedia platform, we're doing it in a way that will satisfy and empower the open source community," he said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Peter Cohen

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?