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O'Reilly Open Source Convention


Untangling Multimedia Standards
Rob Lanphier, Linden Labs

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Friday, July 11
Time: 11:15am - 12:15pm
Location: Eugene

Due to the diligence of open source projects like Apache and Mozilla (and in spite of efforts by some vendors to alter the status quo), HTML and HTTP provide a baseline for interoperability and open standards on the Internet. That same level of interoperability doesn't exist for audio/video delivery. Moreover, in the cases where widely-available specifications are available, the specifications are encumbered by patents. Worse, audio and video involves many moving parts for even baseline interoperability. I will attempt to shed some light on what those pieces are, and offer possible alternatives to the standard way of thinking on this issue. Many standards will be covered, including organizational efforts such as MPEG-4, 3GPP, and Ogg Vorbis/Theora, as well as de facto standards such as RealAudio/RealVideo, Windows Media, and Quicktime.

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