Sunday, 17 November 2013

Heilmann at MIT on HTML5 Multimedia

Christian Heilmann's notes and slides on a talk he gave at MIT on HTML5 video and audio is an edifying insight into coming to grips with the juncture we are poised at with developing media for the web. There has been a buzz from Google that WebM and the VP8 codec will be their standard, over-riding any support for H.264 which is a partly propriety codec. In an ideal web we'd be producing media using the likes of Theora and Vorbis, streaming from embedded VLC/Miro players or WebM and HTML5. We'd be streaming media online like using rain water to quench our garden beds, and creating code for online channels like grafting new plants from established ones.

I use Miro to convert video to the Theora codec and Ogg files (There's the Miro video player too), Christian recently Beta tested vid.ly, an Online branch of Encoding dot Com, which converts video to fourteen different formats and provides access through a single html link.

It stands to reason to open up the web; video and audio wise. Our means of capturing and editing visual motion has become exceedingly accessible to a vast proportion of the population, no longer do you have to tread the 'long walk' to someone like Jack Warner's office in order to have your creative idea considered. We recognise this now even more so now that many Television productions and feature length films are choosing a device like the Canon 5D DSLR to shoot content. You can get your hands on HD WebCams with 37mm hoods attached for interchanging lenses, you can even pick up a Krasnogorsk-3 16mm camera off eBay for about $300.00. Not to mention hundreds of other ways to capture and create content, so the last bastion to fall is propriety software that has its claws hooked into the coat tails of this media climate change with all the stubbornness of a registered company watermark.

Using Open Standard technologies is a germane transition from a traditional industrial media mindset to a syndicated peer media psyche.

Watch his slides below.

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