Firefox Enables FFmpeg Support By Default

Written by Michael Larabel in Mozilla on 15 November 2015 at 02:01 PM EST. 37 Comments
For those with FFmpeg present on their system, Mozilla developers have finally enabled FFmpeg support to be used by default.

Firefox on Linux has relied upon GStreamer for media support, but with the patches merged last month is support for Libav 9 or FFmpeg 1.2 or newer by default.

The work actually landed one month ago but former Phoronix intern Eric Griffith had just mentioned it this weekend about the default FFmpeg support going into Firefox Aurora.

More details via this bug report that tracked the progress of FFmpeg support by default in Firefox.
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