No h.264 support?



  • I went to Youtube to watch a video and noticed that only 360p video was available. Apparently, Vivaldi doesn't have h.264 support even though Chromium (I believe they share the same engine) does. Is there something I'm doing wrong?



  • No. Vivaldi doesn't want to worry about having to license h.264 - same as Opera. Google makes more money and so isn't as worried about licensing fees,



  • Couldn't they just use whatever codecs are available on the system and let the user worry (or not) about the licenses? In the case of linux they could use gstreamer.



  • @Gooberslot:

    Couldn't they just use whatever codecs are available on the system and let the user worry (or not) about the licenses? In the case of linux they could use gstreamer.

    Linux users definitely need Vivaldi to recognise NPAPI plugins but Google developers have blocked them allegedly on unspecified security grounds. If Vivaldi developers cannot fix this then Vivaldi will be useless on Linux.



  • we will have to wait for extensions to be available so we can get the 'flash youtube' add-on, as vivaldi defaults to the HTML5 player



  • Did youtube disable the HTML5 opt-out page at http://youtube.com/html5 ? Looks like they must have …



  • it was never a opt-out page, it was always a opt-in



  • Used to be that if you had opted in, you could opt out again - but they dropped that now.



  • @sgunhouse:

    Used to be that if you had opted in, you could opt out again - but they dropped that now.

    youtube changed a month or so back and video play back is now HTML5 by default, as far as i know the only the only browser to let you opt-in and opt-out again now is firefox



  • H.264 support is a must have, as VP9 has no hardware acceleration.


  • Vivaldi Team

    Opera is able to use the system copy of ffmpeg to decode H.264 video on Linux. No reason that Vivaldi couldn't do the same trick.


  • Moderator

    Don't worry. H.264 support is a high priority issue on our to-do-list. :)



  • Any news on when the codec will be available in the Linux version of Vivaldi?



  • @Christoph142:

    Don't worry. H.264 support is a high priority issue on our to-do-list. :)

    after 4 months, there is still no H.264 support, it looks not like high priority ;)

    What is the problem?



  • @Mattri:

    @Christoph142:

    Don't worry. H.264 support is a high priority issue on our to-do-list. :)

    after 4 months, there is still no H.264 support, it looks not like high priority ;)

    What is the problem?

    Actually there is H264 support..
    https://gist.github.com/ruario/bec42d156d30affef655



  • No, that's just a workaround for Chromium based browsers, not a native implementation.



  • @eXzentrik:

    No, that's just a workaround for Chromium based browsers, not a native implementation.

    Vivaldi is a chromium based browser
    It's not that easy, the other browsers pay fees for that feature



  • @eXzentrik:

    No, that's just a workaround for Chromium based browsers, not a native implementation.

    What's your definition of workaround?

    Can the same codec used by the underlying operating system be called workaround?

    Do you prefer to pay twice to use the same commercial codec on the same pc?



  • @GinoPerla:

    Vivaldi is a chromium based browser
    It's not that easy, the other browsers pay fees for that feature

    I know that. And Vivaldi has already stated (in May) that H.264 support is planned with high prio. So it's legitimate to ask for the status after nearly 5 months silence on that topic. Otherwise they could officially announce that there won't be a native H.264 implementation ever and the Linux users have to use the workaround.

    By the way: Opera has no H.264 codec under Linux, too. The workaround works for Opera, too. But you have to repeat it each time a new major version of the browser appears. Perhaps this isn't the case with Vivaldi, but it remains a workaround. And not all users will search for a solution if a video on YouTube or other streaming services doesn't work because of the missing codec. They will instead use another browser. Bad promo for Vivaldi.

    H.264 videos should work out of the box without necessary user interactions. In which way the developers solve this, is irrelevant for most of the users. It should just work.



  • I agree totally with this, good points made


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