H.264 Will Be Royalty Free For Internet Video Forever, Kinda, Mozilla…

MPEG LA, the group that licenses the h.264 video codec, has extended its royalty-free use (for free internet video) from 2016 until, well, forever. Update: Kinda. But Mozilla thinks the better part of forever could belong to Google's WebM format. » 8/27/10 9:11am 8/27/10 9:11am

Elgato Turbo.264 HD Makes Converting Video For iPads and iPhones Super …

If someone you know would be daunted by an instruction to "just use Handbrake," Elgato's new Turbo.264 HD software makes it dead easy to convert video files from camcorders and computers for playback on iPads and iPhones and the rest. » 7/15/10 12:11pm 7/15/10 12:11pm

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Finalized, You Can Download Now

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 just got finalized so if you want silky smooth HD video, go download it now. Now everyone who's afraid of beta versions and release candidates can enjoy 10.1's full GPU acceleration of H.264 content. Well, almost everyone. Graphics acceleration is still limited to Windows PCs, you Mac and Linux… » 6/10/10 3:44pm 6/10/10 3:44pm

Steve Jobs Is Not Impressed With Google's New Video Format

Google hopes to sidestep the entire HTML5 video debate with a new, open source, royalty free format called WebM. But will Apple ever support it? Judging by to the latest missive from Steve's iPad, things don't look great. » 5/20/10 5:18pm 5/20/10 5:18pm

Why Flash On Mac Is About To Get Much Less Terrible

Running Flash on Mac OS is, in a word, miserable. It's slow, resource-sucking and crashy, compared to Windows. Which is why Apple's new video acceleration API—which Adobe plans to use in upcoming versions of Flash—is great news. » 4/24/10 12:00pm 4/24/10 12:00pm

H.264 Will Stay Royalty-Free for Free Internet Video Through 2016 (But …

Appropriately following our explainer on why HTML5 won't save the internet (yet) and the embedded discussion about video codecs and the future of internet video, MPEG LA—who licenses the h.264 codec—has announced they're going to continue H.264's royalty freeness for free internet video through 2016. » 2/03/10 7:50pm 2/03/10 7:50pm

Giz Explains: Why HTML5 Isn't Going to Save the Internet

The beardier parts of the web-o-sphere have been abuzz about HTML5, the next version of the language that powers our internet. Will it revolutionize web apps? Will it kill Flash video? Will it fix our gimpy iPads? Yes... and no. » 2/03/10 11:00am 2/03/10 11:00am

Apple's Got a New Video Format: iFrame

The most interesting about the iMovie update that dropped yesterday is that "improves compatibility" with camcorders using the iFrame video format. The iFrame video format, you say? Why yes, it's a new video format from Apple. » 10/13/09 5:50pm 10/13/09 5:50pm

Giz Explains: Why Tech Standards Are Vital For Apple (And You)

Tech standards are important. They're, well, standards. They shape the way the world works, ideally. So if you wanna influence your little world, you probably wanna shape (or maybe even create) standards. Take Apple, for example. » 9/02/09 4:20pm 9/02/09 4:20pm

Giz Explains: Every Video Format You Need to Know

Once upon time, video codecs and formats were really only the concern of AV nerds, anime freaks and hardcore not-so-legal movie downloaders. Now, even the most part-time of geeks has to deal with them, whether they're trying to stream a flick across their house with an Apple TV, dump some video onto their phone or… » 11/20/08 2:15pm 11/20/08 2:15pm

MacBook Air With Nvidia-Powered H.264 Video Playback Runs Less Toasty

Like the MacBook and MacBook Pro, the new Nvidia-powered » 11/06/08 9:00pm 11/06/08 9:00pm MacBook Air also uses . Benefit: Performance is better (duh), but also important for people who toasted their kibbles 'n' bits playing video on the old Air, the . One Mac Rumors forum member found that the new Air ran a full 10 degrees cooler playing back the…

Samsung SC-MX20 Is YouTube, PMP Friendly With H.264 Shooting

Samsung's SC-MX20 follows up the MX10 with some fairly useful features such as h.264 video mode for better YouTube, iPod, iPhone and PMP compatibility, as well as a max 720x480 resolution for DVD-quality video. It stores up to 16 hours on one 32GB SDHC card, has three hours of battery life (best-in-class they claim?),… » 7/09/08 2:45pm 7/09/08 2:45pm

PS3 DivX Update Coming 'Very Soon'

Click to viewWe met with DivX earlier today to discuss their upcoming plans, and one of the topics that came up was support for the PS3 console. According to the company, they expect the previously announced firmware update to hit the PS3 soon, which will enable full DivX support for the console. Though no specific… » 12/13/07 4:37pm 12/13/07 4:37pm