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WebRTC Video Codec Unresolved

November 21, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Irwin Lazar / nojitter

The IETF RTCweb working group's failure to agree on a Mandatory to Implement (MTI) video codec will constrain WebRTC's momentum.

Last week's RTCweb working group meeting at IETF 88 in Vancouver failed to reach agreement on a Mandatory to Implement (MTI) video codec for WebRTC. As Eric Krapf noted, the debate has been between Google's royalty free codec (VP8) and H.264, use of which can require royalty payment for use to MPEG-LA. Prior to the meeting, Cisco attempted to break the logjam by releasing an H.264 module that anyone could use, that it would turn into an open source project, and announcing that it agreed to pay licensing fees for use.

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