Re: [rtcweb] H.261

David Singer <singer@apple.com> Fri, 22 November 2013 23:42 UTC

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Subject: Re: [rtcweb] H.261
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On Nov 22, 2013, at 12:54 , Maik Merten <maikmerten@googlemail.com> wrote:

> And again, H.261 is only considered as fallback option to establish basic video interoperability as no single high-performance video codec can be agreed on. It would only kick into action in situations when the alternative would be "no video at all". This fallback option has to be implementable without relevant restrictions.

I rather suspect that many, given a choice between:
a) deliver crappy video using H.261, with the unstated implication to the users at the two ends that they really need to find something that will interoperate on something better
and
b) tell the users directly that they don’t have a video codec in common, and to get video they need to find something that will interoperate

would actually prefer (b).  It’s less work, more direct, and more honest.

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.