Google speeds its new Web video software

Google has released the first significant update to its WebM video software, bringing better performance and adding a duck-related code name.


The new software, called Aylesbury after the domesticated duck breed, is better at both encoding and faster at decoding WebM videos, said John Luther, Google’s WebM product manager, in a blog post last week. Luther plans to detail Aylesbury this week at the Streaming Media West conference, which will include a detailed status report and a discussion of how it fits into the new HTML5 standard for Web pages.


More specifically, Aylesbury is between 20 percent and 40 percent faster at decoding video, when measured in terms of frames per second, Luther said. That comes from better usage of single and multiple processing cores, better memory usage, and support for SSE3 processor instructions for audio and video chores.

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