API that allows web applications to encode and decode audio and video
Many Web APIs use media codecs internally to support APIs for particular uses:
- HTMLMediaElement and Media Source Extensions
- WebAudio (decodeAudioData)
- Increased bandwidth to download codecs already in the browser.
- Reduced performance
- Reduced power efficiency
It’s great for:
- Live streaming
- Cloud gaming
- Media file editing and transcoding
See the explainer for more info.