Wikipedia’s Choice of Open-Source Video Codec Causes Controversy

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcast Engineering

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, will soon enhance its video capability by offering Web users a new set of open-source tools for easier editing, remixing, uploading and viewing of video clips.

Because Wikipedia is owned by a nonprofit foundation and is extremely popular with Internet users, its choice of an open-source video format has opened a cultural and business schism between some of the most powerful players in the industry.

The controversy centers on the selection of the Ogg Theora video codec, rather than H.264, which is supported by major industry players like Google, Microsoft and Apple. More…