Google has revealed its plans to freeze its VP9 codec bitstream definition on June 17. After that, the company will start using the open video codec technology in Chrome and Chrome OS, and on YouTube.
The update came in a blog post by Matt Frost, a Senior Business Product Manager for the WebM Project. In the blog post he confirmed that the VP9 codec definition has passed beta stage on May 3, and is now open for “final contributor comments.”
The VP9 codec is the next generation codec from WebM, a Google sponsored project “designed to provide royalty-free, open video compression for use with HTML5 video.” The current WebM codec, that is the VP8, is not as widespread as its competitor H.264 (a royalty-based video codec).
The VP9 codec aims to bring the efficiency of open video codecs as same as proprietary video codecs like H.264 or its successor H.265 (HEVC).