News and Views from Dave Wilson

End of a Web Era

by on Sep.04, 2010, under Computer, Miscellaneous

Today marks the end of an era for me. Despite the fact that I’ve been out of the PC video business for almost 15 years (and out of the video business completely for 3 years), I was still managing a rather popular site documenting PC video codecs. The site, www.fourcc.org was set up after a heated discussion with Microsoft who, at the time, required people to register their video codecs with them but then didn’t actually make registration information available so, if you had a new pixel format to support, you had no idea if there was an existing registration for it or not. The site aimed to cure this problem by providing a place where people could register their codec and pixel format identifiers (Four Character Codes – fourccs) but which would also document what those fourccs actually meant so that developers could reuse them as required.

The site took off rather quickly and today is getting somewhere around 22,000 hits (or 3500 page views) each day. I, however, have been neglecting it horribly for a few years so recently decided to sell it so someone still in the business who has a track record of doing good things with similar sites.

All the best, Bjarne – I hope the site is as good to you as it has been to me over the last decade and a bit.

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