Google Chrome Drops H.264 Video Codec Support

Google is to stop supporting the H.264 video codec in its Chrome web browser in order to promote more open source, royalty free web video formats.

The company said in a post on The Chromium Blog that it was removing support for the HTML5 H.264 video codec in favour of the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs.

H.264, also known as AVC, is a format supported by many Blu-ray players and video cameras, but its use is subject to royalty licensing fees.

Google said that other high-quality and royalty free codecs will be added to the web browser in the near future, Cnet reports.

“Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies," Mike Jazayeri, a product manager at Google, said.

The changes described will be deployed in the coming few months. Google has advised developers and webmasters to make all necessary changes to their sites before the change takes place.