So along with all my talking about my assignments, my course Technical Writing 401, calls for me to write blog posts about something related to my field. Quite frankly – would you think it’s a bit weird that I’m a bit more of a Nerf Blaster Enthusiast than an Embedded Systems Technology Proficieneer? Probably not. Probably the first thing that’s going through your head is: “What the Heck is Embedded Systems Technology?” The simplified answer I tell to most folks is: “Put computer into thingy and make it all work.”
But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. Today I’m here to talk about images. moving images. You’ve heard about those fancy .gifs which have everything ranging from tidbits of amazing videos to funny reaction images, to those really annoying jump-scare images. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. But what if you could have all those images you want in higher quality and with sound?
I present you: the Webm Format!
Webm is an audio and video container format for use on the internet. It takes exactly what you loved about gif images and brings it closer to having the qualities of having a video in terms of length an quality without being the size of a video. See for yourself:
Your average Gif image is a short and quick animated picture. A gif of high quality and length than a couple of seconds usually takes someone very experienced with creating gif files to make. Here, with webm, it is possible to have media files that lasts longer than a minute while still retaining a quality image as well as the inclusion of having sound available to play along with it.
According to their site, webm was first released in 2010 for use. I only really came to know of it when an article revealed that a certain website notorious for using images in conversation was adding support for webm to their website to allow users to post their own content.
Webm is a very handy new technology for us to use. After seeing it being used on this major website, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before it becomes more well known to the general public. Maybe in a few years, gifs may end up going the way of the Silent Film.
That all being said, however – having content that’s basically a video shortened down does mean that webm’s are a larger file to deal with than contemporary gifs. Meaning most websites might not like the idea of having these hog up their server space. Hopefully, as webm continues to develop we’ll see better compression – leading to much smaller file-sizes without the loss of what Webm brings to the table. But as it stands, they do inhabit the space between a short but small .gif image and a long but very large filesize of an internet video.
Here’s how webm makes me feel:
Source for the image: http://blog.4chan.org/post/81896300203/webm-support-on-4chan