On EOSHD, the one constant in 10 years has been cameras. I rarely break from the subject. I do like my “in-jokes”, I do like satire, I do like to have a pop at big companies then I feel they are too big for their boots. One thing I cannot stand, is an opportunistic lier.
Jarred Land posted today on REDUser about REDCODE (RED’s compressed RAW codec) withstaning the patent challenge by Apple.
In Apple’s attempt to overturn RED’s claims over visually lossless compressed raw video, the US Patent Office has published documents submitted by RED. These explain their side of the story with particular regard to REDCODE.
If RED can continue to prove that the approach to their codec was novel, RED will win and Apple will have to compensate RED or make a deal in order to sell ProRes RAW in our devices and cameras, such as the Nikon Z6.
Cupertino tech giant Apple has launched a legal petition vs RED at the US Patent Office, which began in May this year.
Try and watch any new 4K video, trailer or camera test on YouTube in Safari – you will see 1080p or 1440p max!
Until Apple and Google stops ripping off their customers with silly codec wars, here is a solution I’ve found to get 4K YouTube videos working again in Safari.
Rumours out of Apple WWDC 19 talk about both Canon and Nikon 8K cameras being used to shoot ProRes RAW 8K footage for Mac Pro demos.
Footage from a documentary about Nikon ambassador Ami Vitale photographing Kenya was supposably shot in ProRes RAW 8K and the speculation was she shot with an as-yet unreleased Nikon Z9 with 8K output to an external recorder. Actually the documentary was shot on RED Monstro in 8K by Kiwi cinematographer Mark Toia of ZOOM Film and Television.
Meanwhile a Canon 8K camera resembling a C300 II is seen shooting props against a green screen for augmented reality demos on the new Mac Pro. This prototype has actually been shown by Canon before, most recently in 2018 at Inter BEE. The prototype has an 8K sensor and processor, but recording is external via SDI.
Indeed, Canon’s Super 35mm 8K prototype first dates back to 2015 and has been steadily developing since.
Apple have been criticised in the past for being too consumer focused. Nobody can accuse them of a watered down approach when it comes to the new Mac Pro. It’s an outrageously expensive machine aimed at businesses and Hollywood. The new Mac Pro also features Afterburner, which is a FPGA hardware accelerator card exclusive to Apple. This custom hardware with over a million logic cells, handles no less than 3 streams of 8K ProRes RAW and up to 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW.
Apple expects significant bulk orders from corporate clients with this new machine. Movie studios, companies like Adobe, Pixar and CGI firms will be top of the list.
Those hoping for a $2k-$3k machine to compete on value for money versus top of the range PCs can forget it.
Resolve has truly come of age.