VP8 is an open video compression format originally developed by On2 and bought and released to the open source community by Google. All users are granted a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free patent license. Comparable to H.264 Baseline Profile when it comes to compression efficiency, it is found in WebM container along with Vorbis audio.

It is used for the video tag of HTML5 in several browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera and can also be viewed in Internet Explorer if a third party add-on is installed.

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The WebM Project
Free and open video format designed to provide royalty-free high-quality video compression for use with HTML5 video. Sponsored by Google.
Java VP8 Decoder
Open source implementation of the VP8 image/video codec in pure Java.
WebM for IE9
A free application from Google which adds WebM support to Internet Explorer 9.
Wikipedia: VP8
Encyclopedia article explaining the history and various implementations of this codec. Also includes notes on related formats such as WebM and WebP.
An Analysis of WebM and its Patent Risk
Written in part as an answer to Jason Garrett-Glaser's post, supports the view that due diligence to avoid patents was performed and that the format is a worthy competitor to H.264. (May 25, 2010)
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