Kinefinity has just dropped quite a bombshell with a short-form message on Instagram: Effective immediately, Kinefinity is withdrawing internal RAW recording from all current cameras (MAVO LF, MAVO 6K, TERRA 4K). The exact wording of the announcement reads as follows:
"Starting from March 1st, 2021, Kinefinity removes cDNG codec from MAVO LF, MAVO 6K and TERRA 4K on the current camera line, also drops the planned KRW2.0 codec, for the well-known reason in the industry. Also the upcoming MAVO Edge 8K will not implement ProRes RAW at first ..."
The "well-known reason" can only mean the corresponding RED patent, which concerns the internal recording of compressed RAW (via Huffmann encoding) with more than 23 frames per second and a resolution from 2K.
Thus - unsurprisingly for industry insiders - Kinefinity (after Apple) seems to have cut its teeth on the RED patent. The latter runs until 2028, so until then, already established, alternative RAW solutions such as ProRes Raw, Blackmagic Raw, Canon&s Cinema RAW Light etc. will continue to be in demand.
Kinefinity itself wants to concentrate on optimising ProRes444/XQ for the time being - so the "RAW wars" will remain exciting ...
Professional TV and feature film production is supposedly still possible - even without RED cameras or widespread, compressed, internal RAW - who would have thought that? (Yes, that was irony).