Hookflash, Google and Microsoft lead on ORTC / WebRTC 1.1 Public Draft

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The first ORTC Public Draft Specification has been published, authored by Hookflash, Microsoft, and Google. (http://ortc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ortc.html ) This specification extends WebRTC 1.0 with new functionality to create a WebRTC 1.1 API with exceptional flexibility and no loss of compatibility.

Like WebRTC, ORTC (Object Real-time Communication) enables plugin-free real-time communications for mobile, web and cloud, but is specifically tailored to provide the direct control needed to enable advanced multimedia and conferencing features.

“We heard developers say that they wanted more direct control over the technologies available in WebRTC. At the same time, we didn’t want existing developers to have to start over with a new API. ORTC is our proposal for how we can accomplish both of these things – a new set of APIs for direct control, that builds off the existing WebRTC 1.0 API set. As an evolution of the existing API, we consider this WebRTC 1.1” comments Justin Uberti, Google Tech Lead, WebRTC. “We’re grateful to Hookflash for their work to get ORTC off the ground. They have been instrumental in making this cross-industry collaboration happen, and we look forward to continuing our work with them.”

This newly published public draft has come a long way since the W3C ORTC Community Group was formed in mid-2013. As it has progressed from an initial set of ideas to a fleshed-out draft complete enough for implementations, several companies have gotten closely involved, with Microsoft and Google now joining Hookflash as authors of the emerging specification.

“We have been working hard to get the ORTC API to the point where it can be implemented. This would not have been possible without the initial and continuing work of Hookflash”, commented Bernard Aboba, Principal Architect, Skype, “We also are excited by the ORTC API’s support for advanced video features such as SVC (Scalable Video Coding) and simulcast. The Javascript Object API approach has made these advanced video technologies more accessible, which has been difficult in the past.”

The W3C ORTC Community Group now numbers more than 60 participants.

“We believe the contributions to WebRTC 1.1 / ORTC will allow web communications technology to become ubiquitous and transcend nearly all communications technologies that came before it” says Hookflash Co-founder, Erik Lagerway, “We are honored to be working with some of the brightest minds at Google, Microsoft, and the other contributing members in the ORTC CG to mature WebRTC into a universal go-to toolkit enabling communications across the globe.”

For more information on ORTC, see:
W3C ORTC Community Group
ORTC.org – History and FAQs
WebRTC.is – ORTC & WebRTC news

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ORTC CG Meeting – 5

A few more changes to be made before we call for implementations, very, very close now. Should happen in next couple of weeks with new Editor’s draft.

Google Chrome 38-39 to ship with ORTC / WebRTC 1.1 APIs

For those who missed it, Chrome 38-39 looks like it will be shipping with ORTC 1.1 RTPSender / Receiver APIs as announced by Justin Uberti at Google I/O 2014. This really should not come as any surprise as RTPSender / Receiver APIs are now on track for WebRTC 1.0 integration as well, as per the last W3C WebRTC WG Interim meeting.

ORTC in Chrome 38-39

 

ORTC / WebRTC Pioneers

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TMC / WebRTC World & PKE Consulting have published a WebRTC Pioneers press release following a WebRTC Pioneers dinner at WebRTC Expo in Atlanta last week, paying homage to some of the early work being done around WebRTC.

Congratulations to W3C ORTC Community Group founders & core contributors…

Robin Raymond – Hookflash

Bernard Aboba – Microsoft

Justin Uberti – Google

There are however, many names missing from this list who have had a significant impact on early work being done around WebRTC / ORTC. Peter Thatcher (Google), Emil Ivov (Jitsi) & Shijun Sun (Microsoft), Roman Shpount (TurboBridge) and Iñaki Baz Castillo immediately come to mind.

ORTC API Editor’s Draft – Last Call & WebRTC WG

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The W3C ORTC Community Group has published an Editor’s Draft update to the ORTC API and is also asking for last call comments on the draft…

We are nearing completion of the ORTC specification for our initial ORTC community group draft. We are asking for last call feedback at this time. Some comments to explain some of the changes are still pending but all issues are tracked here and on github. If you would like to make comment, please have a read through and make comment either on this list or as part of our next CG meeting coming up.

There are a few outstanding areas which are “pending” synchronization with WebRTC, e.g. stats, data channel, and IdP. As these have dependencies on WebRTC 1.0, we will attempt to complete the our specification as best we can but those areas will be subject to synchronization should updates come out of the WebRTC community group.

Now is the time to have a read through for final review as the next stage will be to build implementations for implementation feedback.
So what does that mean?

Well, likely the most important takeaway is the fact that this spec now looks to be in a form where it could be implemented. The ORTC Libs (https://github.com/openpeer/ortc-lib) have been in stasis while the CG worked on getting the spec further along. Now that the CG is very close to a public draft on the API spec, that work will resume.

Something else that may be of interest is the direct reference to the W3C WebRTC Working Group in this draft and the issue tracker. There are a few components that require progress in the WebRTC WG before the ORTC CG can implement them. Now there seems to be a direct correlation between the work being done in the ORTC CG and the WebRTC WG, which should really not come as any great surprise to anyone.

At the last meeting, the CG discussed “What is the ORTC CG end game?” The resulting conversation equated to an answer that sounded something like, “Let’s create an implementable API, then if the WebRTC WG is interested in seeing the work being done in the ORTC CG merged into the WG then we should be happy to explore that.”  There was no definite objection apart from, “let’s make sure the timing is right and it makes sense to do that”.

So if you are fuzzy on where the ORTC CG is headed, you should really check out that video clip.

ORTC CG Meeting Video – Hookflash, Jitsi.org, Microsoft, Google and others.

Very productive CG call today, here is the entire 1 hour and 40 minutes. Plenty of great feedback coming from Bernard Aboba (Microsoft), Shijun Sun (Microsoft), Justin Uberti (Google), Emil Ivov (Jitsi.org) and Robin Raymond (Hookflash).

Looks like we are shooting for a Public Draft (with sample code) by end of June, we’ll see if that is achievable (there are quite a few question marks remaining) but at least we have a target.

If you are interested in joining the ORTC Community Group, you can do that here.

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