Skype Certified Webcams Tote Built-in 720p H.264 Video Encoders

Creative Live! Cam inPerson HDIf you've ever looked for a webcam to use with Skype, you've no doubt checked out their recommended webcam list. The list breaks down webcams into Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories, with Gold being the best of what's out — providing, at minimum, 1280 x 720 pixel resolution at up to 30 frames per second [...]

WebM Counters MPEG-LA’s Patent Pool with One of Their Own

Today WebM announced the WebM Community Cross-License (CCL) initiative. In a nutshell, 17 founding members have joined forces to license essential patents related to WebM technologies to other members of the CCL. The end result will be a better royalty-free codec the public and manufactures can use and it will, in theory, create a shield [...]

Make All Your Windows Media Center TV Recordings iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Apple TV Accessible with Simple.tv

Simple.tv Workflow GraphicFor anyone who has tried to convert all their TV show recordings done through Windows Media Center into a format that's compatible with their iDevices, Simple.tv is now your new godsend. Simple.tv takes all the work you would have done manually to transcode and organize your files and makes it a background process. Simple.tv converts [...]

MPEG-LA Makes Its H.264 Codec Royalty-free to Content Producers (Mozilla Says It Doesn’t Change a Thing)

H.264 vs On2 VP8  Quality SampleThe MPEG-LA has just announced that they will never collect royalties from video producers who distribute MPEG-4 content online for free to end users encoded in the H.264 codec. As you can imagine this declaration brings a huge sigh of relief to video podcasters, budding film makers, and the like who were warned earlier this [...]

Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec for HTML5 Video

H.264 vs On2 VP8  Quality SampleNewTeeVee is breaking the news that Google will be officially announcing that it intends to open source the advanced VP8 codec acquired through its purchase of On2 in August of 2009 at next month's Google I/O developer conference. What's significant about the news is that VP8, usurping Ogg Theora, will compete directly with H.264 as the [...]

DivX Pro 7 Release Adds HD H.264, AAC, and MKV Container Support

Divx 7 GraphicGot $20? You might be interested in picking up DivX's latest software release, DivX Pro 7 for Windows XP/Vista (32-bit). The new application is capable of encoding 1080p HD video in H.264 with multichannel audio (AAC) and subtitle tracks all in the smoking hot MKV audio/video container. The company actually calls this new configuration the [...]

CyberLink PowerDVD Receives Certification for Both Blu-ray BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) and AVCREC Logos

CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected digital lifestyle, today announced that CyberLink PowerDVD has received certification for two advanced features of the Blu-ray Disc format--BD-Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) and AVCREC--confirming PowerDVD's support for the playback of interactive BD-Live movie content and high-definition MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) content stored on DVDs. PowerDVD supporting BD Profile 2.0 [...]