Sunday, November 7, 2010

80% YouTube Videos are available in WebM Format

YouTube WebM format video
Since Google announced the release of WebM video format and open-sourced the VP8 codec, YouTube have been working hard on the codec conversion of it videos.

Recently at the Streaming Media West Conference, WebM Product Manager John Luther revealed that YouTube, the biggest video sharing website in the world, has transcoded 80% of its videos to WebM format.

This is a good news to both VP8 codec and WebM. Because of this, WebM format will get support from more people.

Currently the latest browsers such as Opera 10、Chrome 6+ and Firefox 4 natively support the playback of WebM format video. Safari and IE can also play WebM videos if third-party codecs are installed on the system.

Off topic: To legally download YouTube Flash videos to your computer, you can use Leawo Free YouTube Downloader. It is a free video downloader that can download and convert Flash videos from YouTube and other websites. This is its user guide.

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