Theora 1.1 has been released. This release reflects the efforts of xiph.org developers who over the past year have done incredible work to greatly improve the core free codec video library. This effort has been support by Mozilla Foundation, Red Hat and others. These improvements include:
- Better-looking videos or
- Smaller files at the same quality.
- Much faster decoder.
- Two-pass mode for making files just the size you want them.
- Rigid bitrate controls trade off quality for the needs of live streaming applications.
Chris Blizzard from Mozilla has a detailed blog post about the improvements and what they mean for open video creators, distributors and viewers. Wikimedia foundation makes exclusive use free/open formats and has been a long time supporter of ogg theora and makes use of the free codec in its websites. Wikimedia also helped organize some improvements by administrating a theora improvement grant from Mozilla earlier this year.
Also a new version of ffmpeg2thora has been released using this new codebase making it easy to take advantage of these new features. If you would like to give the new encoder a spin you try it out with the web based firefogg encoding app.
Michael Dale, Open Source Video Collaboration Technology