RED President Jarred Land said, "We're delighted that our RedCode patents stand up to another challenge," adding that RED continues to work with Apple to preserve RedCode for its Metal framework. "It's always been Apple + RED, and it's all part of the process that set our future collaboration," he said.
To be clear, as I mentioned before, this was never really Apple vs. RED. It has always been APPLE + RED, and all of this was part of the process that determined our future collaboration. RED's integration with Apple's METAL framework for real-time R3D playback is progressing well, and the work the two teams are working on exceeds expectations. We're excited about the new Mac Pro and the new XDR pro display, as well as the associated power of the entire RED workflow.
RED successfully beat a similar suit from Sony in 201
RedCode RAW is a video codec that allows you to capture RAW video in the same way as RAW photos. Apple claimed RED's patent was based heavily on two other patents: firstly, capturing lossless RAW video in HD, 2K, and 4K resolution, and secondly, processing technology that enabled the compression of RAW sensor data. Apple argued that because the RED patent was a combination of two previous patents, its own technology was "not patentable."
RED responded with in-depth replies that his work was unique and that work had been done on the technology before the period claimed by Apple.
While RAW photography is popular and widespread on smartphones, the use of RAW video is generally limited to professional filmmakers and video shooters. This is mainly due to the technical limitations of RAW and not the patent. For example, one minute of 4K RedCode video at 5: 1 compression consumes 5.26 GB, while one minute of MP4 video consumes 1.13 GB at typical 150 Mbps. This type of throughput creates significant heat, so RAW video is not really practical for smartphones or small cameras.
Therefore, this does not have much impact on consumer devices, but could affect Apple's ProRes RAW development. Currently, companies that manufacture external RAW recorders such as Atomos have purchased ProRes RAW licenses from RED and are likely to continue to do so. In the meantime, Blackmagic Design has developed its own RAW format that does not violate RED's patents.