Can you show me where the licensing terms are for Apple’s ProRes Raw (or for that matter for any version of ProRes)? Blackmagic Design is quite open with the licensing terms for BRaw - royalty free (not open source) - https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicraw. So far every NLE other than Final Cut Pro X can use BRaw today, not in some unspecified future release. Currently, there are three cameras that Support BRaw natively. That is three more than support ProResRaw internally. Some cameras will almost certainly adopt ProResRaw if Apple wins it patent case (something I hope to see), and some probably will not. I would not be surprised to see some camera manufacturers adopt BRaw either. It is about choice for their users.
Finally, you have made a string of claims about the inferiority of BRaw. Can you point to some objective tests that support your position?
Finally, you state that all camera manufacturers will begin to support ProRes RAW if Red’s patent is invalidated. Given that many do not even support ProRes on many of their existing cameras (if any), on what do you base your statement?
I think that ProRes RAW is a great Codec, as is Blackmagic Raw. Having not seen any objective testing to compare them, I have no idea which is better, but I would love to see some do that.
Are you being paid? Can I get your internationally known industrialist to work for free on my project that could lead to bigger things?
If this project matters to your mystery man, he should be willing to pay to produce it. If not why should it matter to me?
From our experience, the biggest problem with hardware RAID is the if the box dies, you are likely to lose everything because it is common that the new controller will not work with the old controller's data. On the other hand, one can always build a new system and run the old drives with software RAID.
I agree that RAID-5 has lots of problems in the >1TB drive world, as do the filesystems both windows and OS X use. For critical systems, we prefer software RAID (we gain speed as our systems improve) and ideally better filesystems (we prefer ZFS and use either RAID Z2 or RAID Z3). We do not consider RAID as a back up, but just to improve reliability while working (to prevent a failure during editing, rather than to prevent data loss in general).
We back up our data to some combination of: other systems, stand alone drives, Crashplan, and/or dropbox.
We expect drives to last 3 years and try to cycle them every 2.
For all our ZFS file systems, we scrub our data twice a month at least.