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Chrome dev build adds WebM video support

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Fri June 4, 2010

Chrome on all platforms gets Google video codec

Google on Friday began seeding the first developer versions of Chrome with WebM video built-in. The download lets the open codec work for HTML5 video on Linux, Macs and Windows PCs. Other changes include key bug fixes after coming out of sleep and, on Macs, the option of using the Tab key to cycle through only form fields or links.

The format promises a more universal and potentially less legally complicated alternative to H.264 or Ogg Theora. Both formats either require a license or aren't likely to be implemented across multiple platforms.

Whether or not this is true has been called into question, however, as Apple and MPEG-LA have questioned the patent-free claims surrounding WebM. Google has insisted that it checked the VP8 video format used for WebM before creating its standard.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Playback of 720p WebM content on YouTube is incredibly choppy on both my MacBook Pro and Windows gaming rig, especially when I try to go fullscreen. 1080p is even worse. This is not exactly a great way to launch a new video standard. Step 1, get it working well; step 2, release to the public.

  1. nelsoon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    This is not released to the public, not even in beta to try buggy feature. It's in a developper build where things break, others doesn't work at all and many not optimized for speed.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: comment title

    That's a good point. I guess most people won't see this until it hits the stable release. I hope fullscreen playback performance is one of their priorities before it does go truly public, however.

    As a side note, I have to say I'm really not a fan of the way all web browsers handle HTML5 full-screen video playback. Flash does it a lot nicer, actually filling the screen rather than just the browser window.

  1. solefald

    Joined: Dec 1969


    works here

    full screen. 720p. not a single hiccup. Chrome 6.0.422.0 dev on a late 2009 mac mini

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: works here

    I noticed that some videos were worse than others. Try a different video, like this one:

    Note that it should display the text "HTML5 - WEBM" in the lower right during playback, or you're not actually playing WebM content.

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