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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 camera. 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 court docket and asserts that the Japanese digicam producer and its United States subsidiaries have illegally infringed on seven patents that cope with “a video digicam that may be configured to extremely compress video knowledge in a visually lossless method.”

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

“This permits a consumer to reconstruct the purple and blue knowledge to acquire the unique uncooked knowledge for a modified model of the unique uncooked knowledge that’s visually lossless when demosaiced. Moreover, the info might be processed so the inexperienced picture parts are demosaiced first, after which the purple and blue parts are reconstructed based mostly on values of the demosaiced inexperienced picture parts,” 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 information with out lack of integrity or high quality permitting full energy of the picture sensor, and decreasing bandwidth, storage and switch time.

Others have speculated that RED has been conserving a watch out on TicoRAW and ready till it grew to become included right into a competitor’s digicam system. Allegedly, Nikon can both battle it out in a court docket battle or conform to take away the brand new characteristic from the Z9 2.0 firmware replace. This can be not possible nevertheless, contemplating that the replace has been accessible since April twentieth, 2022.

This isn’t the primary time that RED has focused rival firms with respect to the inner 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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