Apple has failed in an try and over-throw patents held by RED that govern strategies for compressing Uncooked video, leaving the corporate open to paying royalties on its ProRes RAW file format. Apple had tried to indicate that the expertise RED patented round its RedCode codec was apparent and due to this fact shouldn’t have been granted safety, however the courtroom rejected the declare leaving RED safe to license the lossless compression approach to digicam, software program and equipment producers.

It appears that evidently Apple had needed to keep away from paying royalties on the ProRes RAW format it launched by way of Last Reduce Professional final yr, and which is utilized in some DJI drones, some Atomos recorders and a few different merchandise. The issue is that RED claims ProRes RAW makes use of expertise it owns for compressing these Uncooked information to make them manageable to work with. RedCode permits Uncooked video to be captured and compressed in-camera in a lot the identical means that stills cameras do, permitting information straight from the sensor to be recorded and made out there for very versatile post-production manipulation.

RED’s expertise permits information to be compressed by ratios of as much as 22:1, although it says 3:1 is mathematically lossless and eight:1 is visually lossless. The worth of this isn’t solely that it permits video information to be shrunk, but in addition that for a similar measurement file videographers can file in increased resolutions to supply the means for heavy cropping and body splitting in post-production.

RED President Jarred Land posted on the RED Consumer discussion board that he was glad the corporate’s expertise remained protected however that the dispute between RED and Apple was only a means to discovering the place every stood technology-wise so they may proceed to work collectively. He wrote:

‘We’re happy to see our REDCODE patents stand up to one other problem.

To be clear, as I discussed earlier than, this by no means actually was Apple vs. RED. It has all the time been APPLE + RED, and this was all a part of the method defining how we work collectively sooner or later.

RED integration with Apple’s METAL framework for realtime R3D playback is coming alongside properly and the work that the 2 groups are doing collectively is exceeding expectations. We’re very excited for the brand new Mac Professional and the brand new XDR professional show and the ability they carry to the whole RED workflow.’

The ‘one other problem’ refers to an identical try made by Sony in 2013.


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