Google's VP9 video codec nearly done; YouTube will use it | Internet & Media - CNET News (click for full article) by Stephen Shankland - May 10, 2013 Summary: One of the biggest video sites on the Net will use Google's next-generation video compression technology after it's fully defined on June 17. -- "Google plans to finish defining its VP9 video codec on June 17, providing a date on which the company will be able to start using the next-generation compression technology in Chrome and on YouTube. "Last week, we hosted over 100 guests at a summit meeting for VP9, the WebM Project's next-generation open video codec. We were particularly happy to welcome our friends from YouTube, who spoke about their plans to support VP9 once support lands in Chrome," Matt Frost, senior business product manager for the WebM Project, said in a blog post Friday. WebM is Google's project for freeing Web video from royalty constraints; the WebM technology at present combines VP8 with the Vorbis audio codec. Google unveiled WebM three years ago at the Google I/O show, but VP8 remains a relative rarity compared to today's dominant video codec, H.264. Because VP9 transmits video more efficiently than the current VP8 codec, the move will be a major milestone for Google and potential Web-video allies such as Mozilla that hope to see royalty-free video compression technology spread across the Web. "