Mozilla Firefox v100 Will Have AV1 Support For Better Video Streaming

Leveling up with the rivals, Mozilla is adding the support for hardware-accelerated AV1 decoder in it’s Firefox browser v100.

The AV1 codec is an important and new element for video processing, that decodes the content in better quality and efficient way. Although it’s coming, the system hardware too should be supportive for leveraging this codec, says Microsoft.

AV1 in Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox v100 Will Have AV1 Support For Better Video Streaming

Mozilla has long been focusing on infusing privacy features into it’s Firefox browser and ignored making it more attractive to those streaming videos in it. But now, it’s making a big step of adding AV1 codec support to Firefox.

As per Bugzilla, a Mozilla bug tracking platform, the OEM has listed support for AV1 video codec in its upcoming version (v100) of Firefox browser. It noted as;

“Bug 1652945 – Added support for the Windows Media Foundation AV1 decoder for hardware decoding.”

AV1 is a free open-source video codec that’s now being extensively used by a lot of video streaming services. It’s seen as the successor of the H.264/AVC codec and offers the best output when compared to previous codecs like the VP9, H.264, and H.265 codecs.

Further, AV1 offers better quality at a smaller file size, making the video viewable easily even with a slow internet connection. Also, this new-age codec has a better compression efficiency (up to 50%) and improved visual quality than its H.264/AVC codecs.

All these make AV1 a better choice to try out. But, it should be noted that you must have supportive features to leverage this. As per Microsoft, the desired system should run on Windows 10 and 11 and have the below hardware;

  • 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs
  • AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series Graphics

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