[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 173141] No VP8/VP9 Video Codec Support in WebRTC

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Mon Jun 12 09:54:26 PDT 2017


--- Comment #11 from Jeremy Noring <jeremy.noring at gmail.com> ---
Just to make it clear why we need this:

1. We have old WebRTC clients that do not support H.264 decode.
2. We have SFU software that does not have H.264 support (we record server-side)
3. We have mobile apps we created ourselves that currently do not support H.264

...what this means is the barrier to entry to provide Safari support is pretty high.  Our only "decent" option would be to transcode incoming streams on the MCU and/or release all new client apps that do have H.264 support.  

The former option sucks (the whole point of an SFU is to avoid re-encoding, which affects latency/quality/cpu load server-side).  The latter option simply isn't possible for us without many months of work.  Which basically means: we'll force a plug-in install in safari until VP8 is available. :(

It sucks this codec issue has to be some technological football between giant companies.  The losers are consumers and developers, and to what end, I don't know.

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