Re: [rtcweb] Platforms that support H264 (was: Congratuiations on the Cisco announcement - but we still prefer VP8)

"Jeremy Laurenson (jlaurens)" <> Sat, 02 November 2013 22:49 UTC

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I don't think this is the case.

The rationale is that H.264 can be accelerated by hardware.
Some rightly question how much this is actually the case natively today.
To Ekr's point, if Cisco works with the top providers to enable true acceleration....
Or in the case of Apple, if ultimate delivery of true h/w acceleration of 264 is ultimately delivered through WebRTC...
Then at least we' have *more* h/w acceleration than we do today

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 2, 2013, at 6:28 PM, "Emil Ivov" <<>> wrote:

I'd encourage you to read back.

This part of the thread started with the claim that most of the time it won't come to downloading Cisco's binary because there is already widespread OS support for H.264 encoding on all OSes.

--sent from my mobile

On 2 Nov 2013 23:17, "Eric Rescorla" <<>> wrote:
If only there was some piece of software that you could download
that provided H.264 encoders for those platforms.


On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM, Emil Ivov <<>> wrote:

Same questions for OS X and Windows actually. Last time we checked (which was also some time ago) there was no way to get the OS to *encode* H.264 for you.

--sent from my mobile

On 2 Nov 2013 17:57, "tim panton" <<>> wrote:

On 2 Nov 2013, at 15:02, Martin Thomson <<>> wrote:

> On 2 November 2013 07:37, cowwoc <<>> wrote:
>>    I can't think of a single platform that supports real-time H.264
>> encoding/decoding natively today.
> That's a very strange way to put the question.
> Let me put another spin on it, and please excuse the example...
> Skype runs on more platforms than you might think.  Those platforms
> can all support H.264 to the extent that Skype requires.

Martin, can I ask you to talk with your Skype engineering team and check up on
the exact way that works on iOS. Last time I looked, it seemed you couldn’t use the
Apple supplied (hardware accelerated) h264 library for realtime encode/decode and
it wasn’t at all clear to me that the hardware encoder licence covered any soft implementation of h264 we

I’d like to caveat that:
 1) it was a while ago. 2) I’m not a lawyer. 3) it was a thought experiment.
So it would be interesting to get a current view from the trenches.


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