Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mozilla to Power Firefox with a New Add-On for Audio and Video Recording.

Mozilla Labs Rainbow
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Mozilla to Power Firefox with a New Add-On for Audio and Video Recording. People at Mozilla Labs have been working hard on browser-based audio and video-not just for playback, but also for recording. Mozilla Labs’ newest Add-On, called Rainbow, lets the developers access your hardware’s video and audio recording capabilities with a very few lines of JavaScript.

The files are created in open-source formats, including Theora, Vorbis and Ogg. Once media is captured, files can be accessed through the DOM with HTML5 File APIs. Mozilla is also trying to include the live streaming video capabilities to the add-on. Mozilla Labs employee Anant Narayanan wrote in a blog post, that the Labs team had “experimented with audio recording in the browser as part of the Jetpack prototype.” This Add-On, is still a pre-alpha prototype at the moment. As such, it only works with Firefox (Firefox) nightly builds on Mac devices.

In general, Mozilla Foundation is trying to make multimedia as a part of the web browser experience, as multimedia is becoming over experimental and interactive. We are looking forward to see where Mozilla, developers and users take Rainbow in the near future. Post your thoughts/comments below.

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