Adobe offer h264 in Flash – kills Silverlight

Well, I didn’t really expect Silverlight to get any traction. But it’s had at least one important effect – the competition has forced Adobe to support the open video codec h264. This is awesome news, because it means better quality video support will soon be ubiquitous on the web, without requiring commercial encoding tools on the server side. It will be interested to see if ffmpeg can generate the right format files out of the box, but I’m not sure if not that it will catch up soon. Nice move Adobe – I’m glad they figured out there weren’t going to make any money of the server codec anyway.

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