I've been working on recording and uploading video to Commons lately,
and I'm wondering what to do with the original files that my camera
recorded (in a proprietary format unfortunately).
So, is WebM/VP8 suitable for long-term archival? Or does it make sense
to backup the original files for use later down the road?
In the next couple weeks I'm planning to start switching our video
transcode output from WebM VP8/Vorbis to the newer WebM VP9/Opus profile,
which saves us about 38% on file size and bandwidth while retaining the
This will not affect what kinds of files you upload; only the scaled
transcoded output files used for playback will change. All modern browsers
that support VP8 support VP9 as well, and our player shim for Safari and IE
will continue to work.
All the details:
Comments and questions welcome!