Fwd: Dailymotion for XO laptop

Benjamin M. Schwartz bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Jan 8 21:51:12 EST 2008

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Walter Bender wrote:
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Ask_OLPC_a_Question_about_Software#Include_Flash_Player.3F>
> but I want to be sure to be optimized with all the parameters of the
> laptop (video performance, cpu, power management, etc.). We encode our
> videos in flv, mp4, 3gp, etc.

For the usual patent reasons, OLPC only ships with Ogg Theora video support and
Ogg Vorbis audio support*.  If you make your videos available as plain
Theora+Vorbis, they will be immediately viewable in the XO's browser.  You will
also instantly become the preferred video site for OLPC content, since YouTube,
Google Video, and even olpc.tv rely on FLV, which OLPC cannot support.

I would jump for joy.

There might be some way to embed Theora in Flash in a way that Gnash can play,
but this will never work in Adobe Flash.  I strongly advise that, for OLPC, you
avoid Flash altogether.

- --Ben

*: OLPC also supports the other Ogg audio codecs, FLAC and speex, as well as
various basic PCM-type codecs.
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