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Old March 2nd, 2010, 11:57 AM   #1
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Is H.264 a legal minefield for video pros?

Here is a link to an interesting cnet article regarding the license terms oh the H.264 codec.

Is H.264 a legal minefield for video pros? | Deep Tech - CNET News

I'm wondering: Where do I send my two cents, and can I "bank up" my fees and mail them one big check at the end of the year?

All we need is more legal speak.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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Oh well....
Start using x264...Just as good, fast, and legal as any professional software out there..
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 07:40 AM   #3
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Most will never notice the fees their duplication/replicator outfit pays per disc. Should be buried in the price he charges you to do his work. Two cents is hardly worth worrying about!

And if you're doing 50-100 wedding videos, who in the world would ever even know or even care? That's about the most unenforceable thing I can think of.

If we're at the level of needing to worry about that, we're in need of some major boycotts to clip some multinational wings...
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 10:27 PM   #4
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I've had it with all these legal shenanigans. As of today, I will only be distributing my work via flipbook.

Time to go stock up on paper and ink...
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Old March 7th, 2010, 01:18 AM   #5
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I've just developed a new workflow that actually uses a 35mm film camera with a close focusing adapter on the rear LCD screen of a 5dmk2. That way I can get the film look without having to pay any licensing fees for codecs or deal with Quicktime, can go right to film raw DIT.
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Old March 11th, 2010, 10:32 PM   #6
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I can't keep up! I think camera manufacturers license camera stabilization from Canon (I stress that I think this to be right, but I'm not 100% sure), and I believe companies also license 24p, MPEG-2, etc.

Like I said, I can't keep up with it.

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