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From: John Sullivan
Subject: [playogg-discuss] Re:
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 20:17:46 -0400
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Matthew Flaschen
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> John Sullivan wrote:
>> Have people tried Thoughts about it?
> There are some design choices I would disagree with.  Their server
> transcoding seems to be based solely on YouTube.  That means video
> formats are being converted to FLV (a proprietary format) then
> reconverted to Ogg Theora.  That means they're relying on a proprietary
> codec, and that double lossy encoding will make Theora look bad
> (literally and figuratively).

Sure, I agree with that, but to me it's a little more like antiword,
which converts a proprietary format to a free one. It's a temporary
conversion measure.

> They also suggest Firefogg, but that's a client-side plug-in.  I'm sure
> it's valuable, but I think a server-side solution is clearly needed as
> well.  It's inevitable that not everyone will use Firefox (or even any
> free browser), and even those that do won't be able to install plug-ins
> everywhere.

It's supposed to be using Cortado to play in browsers that don't have
HTML5, which is what we used for the Stephen Fry video on, but
that doesn't seem to be working for me.

> I also don't see why they are using Facebook instead of a free framework
> like OpenID.

They are using OpenID now, at least.

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