https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=23888

--- Comment #4 from Michael Dale <d...@ucsc.edu> 2010-08-24 03:27:28 UTC ---
:: WebM support ::

1) Any update on metadata support in getID3? 

1.5) We need to fallback to recent version of ffmpeg for thumbnails where the
assets are WebM. i.e we need to deploy a recent version of ffmpeg. 

2) I don't think support in cortado is that essential since the flash runtime
should be supporting WebM natively and has much broader adoption and 'virtual
machine consistency' than java. 

3 ) I would promote the html5 player 'embedPlayer' that is part of
TimedMediaHandler extension. It already has WebM support and capacity to switch
among available playback engines. Its also well positioned to support the flash
based playback with a consistent html5 like api.  It has other important
features like multilingual timed text, a consistent player interface,
fullscreen, share this media embed code, credits screen etc.

4) I would add that transcoding and derivatives support is pretty essential. A
single video asset should not be tied to its source upload format. Often users
upload a HD source asset that causes confusing long buffer times when embedded
in an article at 200px wide.  We should transcode uploaded assets into both
WebM and ogg formats at web stremable resolutions and let the client software
automatically chose what will work best. i.e something like the
TimedMediaHandler transcode support:
http://prototype.wikimedia.org/s-9/index.php?title=Transcode%20Test 
This runs into the the classical bug 4421 where file extension does not match
embed file but I don't see that as blocker to making progress here. 

I don't think it would be hard to add support for WebM to TimedMediaHandler
since it already has a lot of the other pieces in place. But we need a process
to review and make note of any thing that needs to be changed as a path towards
deployment.

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