What isAOMedia

AOMedia, or the Alliance for Open Media, is a non-profit industry consortium developed by tech giants like Google, Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, NVIDIA, and Samsung to create open-source, royalty-free video standards for multimedia delivery. The group uses open Web standards principles to eliminate the confusion, patent royalties, licensing complications and fees associated with MPEG standards.

AOMedia’s first standard codec is the AV1, which improves on its predecessor codec, VP9, for better adaptation to different types of inputs. It integrates corresponding metadata into the video instead of the container format for better support of HDR and color space.

The consortium was formed in 2015, with founding members like Google, Cisco, and Mozilla working separately on their open-source codecs, but decided to join forces to merge into a single open-source code to prevent challenges posed by the confusing and broad HEVC licensing guidelines.

FAQs

What is AOMedia?

The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) is a non-profit industry consortium that develops open-source, royalty-free technologies for multimedia delivery, including video standards that serve as royalty-free alternatives to MPEG standards.

What is AV1?

AV1 is the first standard codec by AOMedia. It is a traditional block-based frequency transformation format that improves on VP9 codec and allows better adaptation to different types of inputs with integrated metadata for better support of HDR and color space.

Who are the founding members of AOMedia?

AOMedia’s founding members include Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, NVIDIA, and Samsung.

Final Thoughts

The AOMedia consortium represents a positive shift towards open-source, royalty-free technology development by combining the efforts and resources of tech giants to create better standards for multimedia delivery. The AV1 codec’s improved features and the inclusion of metadata for better support of HDR and color space are significant advancements towards better video standards.

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