A new codec from Mozilla and OTOY will let browsers run high-performance rendering apps like Autodesk and high-definition video without plug-ins, the companies unveiled Friday.
The new, open-source digital stream encoder and decoder, called ORBX.js, obviates the need for a plug-in like Flash, Sliverlight, or QuickTime to run HD video in the browser. Mozilla and OTOY expect live TV, watermarked video, and cloud gaming to all get a boost in HTML5-enabled browsers that support it. Currently, that list includes all five major browsers: IE 10, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera.
One of the arguments for ORBX.js is because it allows content owners to watermark video streams, it eliminates the need to protect the content with digital rights management.
The development of ORBX.js, along with recent Mozilla HTML5 innovations with ASM.js and Emscripten, show that Mozilla is aggressively pursuing a goal of stripping all plug-ins from the browser.
"Mozilla's goal is to promote an open ecosystem for content and media on the Web, so that a Web site looks and runs the same on any device," Eich said.