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  1. Mozilla implements experimental AVIF image support in Firefox Nightly Mozilla implemented experimental support for the AVIF image format in Firefox Nightly recently. The feature is not enabled by default in the cutting-edge development version of the web browser but users interested in adding support at the time of writing may do so. Firefox will render AVIF image files just like any other image format supported by the web browser when it is enabled. AVIF, also known as AV1 Image File Format, is based on AV1 and uses HEIF as the container and AV1 frames. It is an upcoming format. Many web browsers support the AV1 video format already and work has begun to integrate the image format AVIF as well. Firefox Nightly users, the browser is currently at version 77.0a1, may enable support for AVIF in the browser provided that they have installed the latest update. Here is how support for AVIF is added to Firefox: Load about:config in the web browser's address bar. Confirm that you will be careful if the warning page is displayed. Search for image.avif.enabled. Set the preference to True. A value of True means that Firefox supports AVIF, a value of False that the image format is not supported by the browser. Note that support is considered experimental by Mozilla at the time of writing. Some features of the image format, e.g. support for derived image items, grid support, are not supported yet by the implementation. Mozilla notes that most AVIF files should render successfully, however. Google plans to integrate AV1 image format support to Chromium (and therefore Google Chrome) as well. Microsoft published a Store application back in December 2018 that users of the company's Windows 10 operating system could install to add AV1 support to the system. Microsoft extended support in Windows 10 version 1903 by integrating AVIF format support in the operating system. Integration meant that programs such as Microsoft Paint support the format. Source: Mozilla implements experimental AVIF image support in Firefox Nightly (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  2. Microsoft is working on major new features for Windows 10 but the company is not ignoring the smaller things either. Windows 10 does not support the AVIF image format natively but it appears that the software giant is exploring new options to bring this functionality to the core apps like File Explorer and Paint. AVIF is a new image file format which is based on a newer video format called AV1 by the Alliance for Open Media and Windows 10 will finally support it natively. In Windows 10 October 2018 Update or older, the File Explorer and MS Paint fail to display the AV1 Image File Format (AVIF). As you can see in the screenshot below, the File Explorer is unable to generate a thumbnail for the AVIF image format. Similarly, Microsoft Paint throws an error that says the AVIF is an invalid file format and the application cannot read the file. According to a post on AOMediaCodec’s Github, both File Explorer and MS Paint have been updated with support for AVIF images in Windows 10 19H1 preview builds. “Windows File Explorer can show AVIF thumbnails, display Exif metadata and preview AVIF images,” the developers stated in the implementation document. “MSPaint.exe. The “Paint” app in Windows 10 can display AVIF images,” the document further explains. The support for AVIF image format is available in Windows 10 19H1 but the users may still need to install the AV1 Video Extension from the Microsoft Store to run AV1 videos on their Windows 10 device “Requires Windows 10 “19h1″ preview release build 18305 or later, which can be obtained from the Windows Insider program, and the AV1 Video Extension,” the document explains. It’s also worth noting that the nightly build of VLC Media Player was also updated recently with support for the new file format. There is also a post on Mozilla’s Bugzilla tracking the status of the AVIF implementation in the Firefox browser. source
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