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Web Video News: Microsoft releases Firefox Add-On to support H.264 Playback

Posted on by Craig

As the title suggests, Microsoft have recently released an add-on for Firefox that enables the playback of H.264 encoded video – opening up new doors for <a href="/" title="web video“>web video producers across the globe.

This new tool utilises the built-in abilities of Windows 7, using the standard W3C HTML5 model, and follows the release of the Windows Media Player plug-in for Firefox.

Upon its release a Microsoft spokesman stated: “H.264 is a widely-used industry standard, with broad hardware support. This standardisation allows users to easily take what they’ve recorded on a typical video camera, put it on the web, and have it play in a browser on any operating system or device with H.264 support, such as a PC with Windows 7.”

This news is quite intriguing, as Mozilla has previously refused to support H.264 as a favoured codec, instead preferring WebM. And Firefox is the browser of choice for many web users, gazumping Microsoft’s very own Internet Explorer series.

The download, which is free, can be sourced from Microsoft’s Interoperability Centre here.

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