We believe that supporting open standards is a key factor in driving innovation and interoperability and to ensuring the best experience for our customers. As such, we are thrilled to take part in Google’s news today and announce Logitech’s participation in the WebM project and our support of VP8.
Video is a core component of the web experience, and developers and content publishers need an open video format option. For that reason, Google announced that it is open-sourcing VP8, a high performance video codec optimized for the web, and contributing it to the WebM project under a royalty free license.
Logitech is using VP8 in the next release of our video calling service, Vid HD, which will be available to everyone for free this summer. We fully support VP8 because it is a very efficient codec in terms of bandwidth and CPU utilization, it scales to handle a wide range of network conditions, and it provides a great video experience for our customers. By contributing VP8 to the open source community, Google is freeing the codec from royalties and allowing developers to innovate in a much more flexible and efficient environment, which ultimately benefits consumers. We thank Google for this important contribution and for being a supportive partner through this process.
Earlier today, we announced our founding membership in the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a group of technology vendors that have come together to help realize the full potential of unified communications (UC) by promoting interoperability between UC technologies. Through our commitment to UCIF and open standards like VP8, we are one step closer to our vision of a world where HD video communication is as natural and seamless as a phone call to anyone, anywhere.