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RED sues Nikon for infringement on video compression patent

Excessive-end video digicam model RED is suing Nikon for illegally copying their video compression patent. Nikon launched the system of their new firmware 2.0 replace for the Z9 mirrorless digicam. With the two.0 replace, the Z9 can seize 8.3K RAW video at as much as 60 frames per second in Nikon’s new “N-RAW format” or as much as 4.1K at 60 frames per second ProRes RAW HQ.

The lawsuit was filed in a southern California federal courtroom and asserts that the Japanese digicam producer and its United States subsidiaries have illegally infringed on seven patents that take care of “a video digicam that may be configured to extremely compress video information in a visually lossless method.”

Within the lawsuit RED notes that Nikon is utilizing a sort of compression that it has patented. “The digicam will be configured to rework blue and crimson picture information in a fashion that enhances the compressibility of the info. The information can then be compressed and saved on this type,” explains the submitting.

“This enables a person to reconstruct the crimson and blue information to acquire the unique uncooked information for a modified model of the unique uncooked information that’s visually lossless when demosaiced. Moreover, the info will be processed so the inexperienced picture components are demosaiced first, after which the crimson and blue components are reconstructed primarily based on values of the demosaiced inexperienced picture components,” the lawsuit continues.

The video compression system is definitely because of a partnership with IntoPIX and their TicoRAW expertise which was launched final December. The system can compress RAW recordsdata with out lack of integrity or high quality permitting full energy of the picture sensor, and lowering bandwidth, storage and switch time.

Others have speculated that RED has been maintaining an eye fixed out on TicoRAW and ready till it grew to become integrated right into a competitor’s digicam system. Allegedly, Nikon can both struggle it out in a courtroom battle or comply with take away the brand new function from the Z9 2.0 firmware replace. This can be unattainable nonetheless, contemplating that the replace has been out there since April twentieth, 2022.

This isn’t the primary time that RED has focused rival firms with respect to the interior RAW processing expertise. Within the latest previous it has demanded that firms pull their plans for inner RAW video processing with a view to not infringe on the patent, a latest instance being DJI’s Ronin 4D.

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