Apple dropping codec support…repercussions
So, Apple in it’s infinite and ever-forward thinking wisdom, dropped support for many many legacy codecs. The excuse was that they weren’t 64 bit compatible and they are moving to all 64-bit processing, and don’t want to include 32-bit emulation in current and future updates…or something highly technical like that. (feel free to correct me on my details of this).
BECAUSE OF THIS…all this archival footage that people have won’t be compatible with newer OS versions, on any platform. For example…the Animation codec…a staple for many many years of lossless archival or graphics delivery…is no longer supported. And now we have people on current OS versions, Mac and Windows, that can no longer access this footage. NOW they have to maintain an older system, and use that to access and convert as needed. Or, maintain that older system and then convert ALL of the footage (in many cases, hundreds if now thousands of hours of footage) to a new codec, taking tons of man hours and drive space.
Why can’t Apple just keep supporting older codecs? Why the push for “always look forward, never look back?” As a historical documentary editor and online guy this is stupid. I’m sure the many many video archivists across the globe feel the same way. Why can’t accommodations be made for older video…preserving history? Instead of making us spend multiple hundreds of hours converting the footage. And then converting again 10 or so years later when Apple decides to kill off more codecs. Soon, the constant recompression of video will degrade the image too much, and the original quality will be gone.
This came up recently on another forum, a Windows user, after an update, suddenly not able to access video files they had been before, and faced with what to do with the hundreds of hours of footage they have in this codec. Avid didn’t link to it, QT didn’t see it. VLC did…Resolve did. So did they then need to convert this footage before bringing it into Avid (that was the eventual solution)?
Sorry…this mentality bothers me. As a documentary maker.
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