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What is OpenH264 video codec?

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Firefox has elected to include the add-on OpenH264 video codec. According to this support site, the codec "is a legitimate part of Firefox, that for licensing issues has to be shipped as a plugin". What does that even mean? Please explain (1) what the OpenH264 video codec actually is, and (2) why it "has to" be installed. To state that this is "for licensing issues" says nothing; it's a waste of words.

Mozilla should be able to answer these simple questions. I'll continue to keep the add-on disabled, as I would with any other unknown software. Thanks.

Firefox has elected to include the add-on OpenH264 video codec. According to this support site, the codec "is a legitimate part of Firefox, that for licensing issues has to be shipped as a plugin". What does that even mean? Please explain (1) what the OpenH264 video codec actually is, and (2) why it "has to" be installed. To state that this is "for licensing issues" says nothing; it's a waste of words. Mozilla should be able to answer these simple questions. I'll continue to keep the add-on disabled, as I would with any other unknown software. Thanks.

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  • Shockwave Flash 11.1 r115

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Android; Mobile; rv:22.0) Gecko/22.0 Firefox/22.0

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kbrosnan
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H.264 is a video compression format. Due to patent law it is not possible to provide H.264 built into Firefox. There is a group called MPEG-LA and they hold all the patents for H.264 it costs millions of dollars a year to have the rights to distribute H.264. Cisco is providing a H.264 decoder/encoder called OpenH.264 for Firefox users.

H.264 is a video compression format. Due to patent law it is not possible to provide H.264 built into Firefox. There is a group called MPEG-LA and they hold all the patents for H.264 it costs millions of dollars a year to have the rights to distribute H.264. Cisco is providing a H.264 decoder/encoder called OpenH.264 for Firefox users.
James
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http://andreasgal.com/2014/10/14/openh264-now-in-firefox/

It has been there since Firefox 33.0

http://andreasgal.com/2014/10/14/openh264-now-in-firefox/ It has been there since Firefox 33.0

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