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OMS video – A new royality free video format

by werner on July 7th, 2009

I just found out about Sun’s Open Media Commons project which appears to be working on a royalty free video format named OMS Video which is solely based on expired patents and intellectual property owned by Sun Microsystems.

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OMS IP History

OMS expired patents history

The format is based on H.261 which – hopefully – makes it fit well into hardware accelerated CODEC designs of the H.26x family.

I hope they can come up with a competitive format. It would be great to have a video format that could be used by everyone legally for free and that would interoperate with commercial video applications such as QuickTime and Final Cut. (Okay, I am dreaming right now).

This makes me wonder whether this is already the case with videos encoded as Raw, Motion JPEG and PNG? Does anybody know whether videos encoders/decoders/players/transmissions in these formats may be used royalty free with AVI, QuickTime or MPEG-4 containers in the U.S.?

(As far as I know this is not a problem in Switzerland, since software can not be patented under our legislation.)

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  1. Jeremy permalink

    This is exciting!

    Although I’ve had this feeling of excitement before, only to be let down later as projects lose interest and slip into a limbo of neglect. :-/

  2. Hi Jeremy,

    Sun has indeed a bad track record for media projects – thinking of their abandoned JMF and Java3D projects.

    But me, I am an optimist.
    And even if OMS video fails in the end – I laud them for trying. 🙂

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