November 30th 2011
The codecs keep being implemented in JS. We saw Broadway.js implement the H.264 codec in JS recently, and now we have a WebM decoder as well. Ben Schwartz was inspired by Broadway and wanted to learn more about the WebM format so he decided to modify Broadway to support VP8 as well. The result is Route9.js.
Like Broadway.js, Route9.js was compiled with Emscripten the LLVM to JS compiler. After decoding the clip, I get very good frame rates (about 30 fps) in Chrome while rendering to WebGL. So what about browsers without native support for WebM, where this would be most useful? Well, unfortunately there is still a little work to be done. At least in Safari, Float32Array does not exist and this hampers the demo. Luckily this can be shimmed with a regular array, and perhaps they will consider this in the future.