HTML5 video for Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 8 doesn’t support HTML5 <audio> or <video> tags which allow easy audio and video embedding, and Microsoft haven’t said whether they plan to implement them in IE9.

Fortunately, a workaround is closer thanks to Christian Adams who is working in a new plugin that would make IE capable of handling these new tags.

According to Christian, it’s in early development status so there are no progress bar or any control, but they should follow soon.

Check this screencast to see it in action:

Via Chris Double’s blog.

Mozilla awards $100K grant for Theora development

Mike Shaver, Mozilla’s VP of Engineering, announced today that Mozilla has awarded a $100,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation (owner of Wikipedia) to support the continuing development and improvement of Ogg Theora, the open source, royalty-free video format.

The upcoming Firefox 3.1 (now approaching Beta 3) will be the first Firefox release to implement the <audio> and <video> tags with native support for the Ogg Theora codec.

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Theora 1.0 released

The Xiph.org Foundation announced the release of Theora 1.0, the open source, royalty free, lossy video encoding format.

As a free video format, Mozilla and Opera have both announced that next releases of Firefox and Opera will support it out of the box. Firefox 3.1 beta 1, released a few weeks ago already include a Theora decoder and can be used to watch video in a handful of sites including Wikipedia and TinyVid.tv. Continue reading Theora 1.0 released