Re: [rtcweb] Platforms that support H264

cowwoc <cowwoc@bbs.darktech.org> Mon, 04 November 2013 14:02 UTC

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Subject: Re: [rtcweb] Platforms that support H264
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On 04/11/2013 8:51 AM, David Singer wrote:
> On Nov 3, 2013, at 2:41 , Gili <cowwoc@bbs.darktech.org> wrote:
>
>>      So... the only platform that supports H.264 natively (real-time encoding/decoding) is Windows 8? Any others?
> The fact that there currently isn't an API is different from whether the platform can do it (in the iOS case).  reverse engineering suggests that FaceTime uses AVC (H.264).
>

     Same difference. Whether you need to implement a new API or simply 
expose existing an implementation, it takes months for users to upgrade 
to this new version and for it to actually work as expected (initial 
releases tend to be unstable or missing features). Furthermore, there is 
no guarantee that Apple will release said API anytime soon. For these 
reasons, I stand by my comment that real-time H.264 support does not 
exist (for developers outside of Apple).

Gili