Does anyone here have any insight into this new lawsuit filed against Arri by RED in California?
Doesn't sound like RED is alleging patent infringement yet, rather "misappropriation of trade secrets."
There may be a world of difference between those two legal concepts.
Now I'm curious about any technical similarities between the Alexa and the Epic.
Other than wavelet transform compression, a much lower price tag, and an entirely different work flow
for post, what does the Epic have that the Alexa doesn't? Or maybe the question should be "what
features does the Alexa have that are remarkably similar to the Epic?"
That's what we're all interested to see.
Bravin only worked for Arri for a short time, and he started some time after both the Alexa and Epic designs were essentially "frozen" and both had been been sold in considerable numbers, probably more Epics than Alexas, too.
It's hard to imagine what Bravin could possibly have gotten hold of that could have made any significant difference to the design of the Alexa at that point.
In any event, the main difference is that the Alexa is a complete, self-contained 1080p video source, which you could theoretically plug straight into an HDTV broadcast transmitter if you got the lighting right.
The RED is on the other hand in effect only half
a camera, entirely dependent on the Post-Production chain to generate the final broadcast-able image and definitely not in real time. In effect it could arguably be compared to the first Analog Betacams, except perhaps if you could imagine them using film....
Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with any of this, since it allows a considerable cost reduction and also lower power consumption, but you're really comparing a banana to a banana split here.
Obviously Jannard & Co must think there is some legal merit to their claims, we'll just have to wait and see what they are...