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posted by H3g3m0n , updated 2 years ago , 1
I'm not suggesting full videos, theres already sites like youtube/vimeo for that and it would require probably require drastic changes to the CDN and storage.

Just as an alternative to animated gifs.

Just:
* Limited file sizes/lengths to sizes similar to animated gifs.
* Loop like gifs.
* No sound.
* No controls.
* Could even support a fallback to animated gifs when there is no support.

It would:
* Save file sizes/bandwidth
* Give better quality.
* Encourage other services to support the standard (forums and so on).

Compressing video into a sequence of pictures like we see with animated gifs is a silly hack.

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Animated GIFs are easy because they work out of the box. Videos have embedding related problem. Images are supported almost everywhere and are more likely to be treated as fair use compared to actual videos. Meanwhile I am still waiting for support for WebP :P 
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