Mozilla brews Firefox add-on for audio-video recording
Multimedia for the web built on the web
Known as Rainbow, this early prototype generates files in open formats, and these files can then be accessed via the HTML5 File APIs and moved onto a server. "There have been great strides on video playback recently, but there’s still some work to be done before users can create multimedia content for the web, on the web," reads a blog post from Mozilla man Anant Narayanan.
Currently, the add-on generates files in the open Theora (video) and Vorbis (audio) formats in an Ogg container. But Narayanan and team also plan to add support for Google's new WebM format, based on the VP8 codec that was acquired with the purchase of compression outfit On2 Technologies. There are also plans to provide a "robust" permissions mechanism and to allow live streaming of video feeds.
The pre-alpha add-on also works with nightly builds of Firefox for the Mac. But the team is "working hard" to offer versions for Windows, Linux, and 64-bit platforms. ®
> implying US High Schools know enough to put Firefox on their machines
The School was cleared
Actually, the courts found in favour of the school - The pupils and parents lost, setting a worrying precedent which could well affect the development and usage of features like Mozilla are doing here.
But they decided to try again in a civil case, and the school decided to end the matter by paying them off out of court, presumably in return for the parents and pupils accepting the court judgement and signing an admission that the school did nothing wrong. You can be sure if anyone says anything about it ever again, they'll be taken to the cleaners by the school for breaking the settlement agreement.
With the law seemingly on the side of the voyeurs, I wonder how long it will be before sites like Facebook and Twitter include T&Cs that give them the right to access your microphone and webcam at any time, or Google's YouTube 'accidentally' roll out some live code that spies on everyone. Street View to watch the outside of your house and access your Wi-Fi, YouTube to watch from the inside and collate?
Ouch baby Ouch!
Well, you got to grant ideas and insights where they blossom and the Google seems to be blossoming on this one.
What a nice way for ebay-ers to video stuff when they want or for You Tube-ers to do their thing.
And I suppose if it does a good and healthy (and popular) job on desktop-laptop-notebook format devices it will probably do equally well on Android (or iPhone or W7 P?)