Are Video Codecs Written in JavaScript Really the Future? (videos) reports that Mozilla/OTOY demonstration is technically impressive, but faces challenges.

Describing it as “the future,” Mozilla has been showing off ORBX.js, a video codec roughly comparable to the industry-standard H.264 that can be decoded entirely in JavaScript.

ORBX.js was developed by a company called OTOY. OTOY’s major product is Octane Render, a 3D renderer that works exclusively on NVIDIA cards using CUDA. Working with customers including Autodesk, OTOY has developed technology to allow applications such as Autodesk’s 3ds Max modelling software to be accessed over the Web without using plugins.

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