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Should AlamDV2 and Chromanator be free/opensource?

Should AlamDV2 + Chromanator be free/opensource?

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Posted: Fri, 17th Aug 2007, 3:39pm

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FXkaiser

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I am thinking about buying one of FXhomes products, yet what I noticed is how expensive these products are, and I, am frankly not sure I want to make many films with these products as I wish to use it for some fun and school projects (not sure), I have heard of programs like AlamDV and Chromanator and have seen some pretty decent films with them (although I personally doubt it will be simple to use).

My question is that if it would be possible that these old and "inferior" products could become something under something like the GPL-license (like blender), since it is clear they are no longer in production, this would be something most people with little money would appreciate (although I personally can afford it)...so is there any possibility of these 2 old programs to become free/opensource software (that people may be able to update and edit)?
Posted: Fri, 17th Aug 2007, 3:43pm

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Hybrid-Halo

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I think problematically, releasing the older software would be detrimental to the current product sales. Companies don't tend to go about freely creating competition for themselves.

As a result, I can't see this happening and since I own (paid for) both I don't wish it to. I still paid money for those programs a while back. razz

Truth is that the current programs aren't expensive at all and are designed to cater for people just making films for fun. Compare the prices with the nearest competition and you'll be surprised at just how good value the programs are here.

-Hybrid.
Posted: Fri, 17th Aug 2007, 4:07pm

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Cogz

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Both of those programs are too old and wouldn't work in current operating systems anyway, even if we wanted to release them for free.

We try to keep prices down to allow filmmakers who are just starting out, and perhaps don't have the budget to purchase high-end compositors. Making them OpenSource or Free would not allow us to keep our jobs and enable us to work on any future software.
Posted: Fri, 17th Aug 2007, 4:16pm

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Joshua Davies

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You noticed how expensive our products are?

As far as we know they are just about the least expensive on the market.
Posted: Fri, 17th Aug 2007, 5:19pm

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FXkaiser

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That's true, they are some of the cheapest, but I am talking about those who have a reeeaaaalllllyyy low budget, I understand it may cause competition from themselves, yet I highly doubt that, if they can only be modified by other users, then there is a low enough chance of that happening (blender and gimp are perfect examples).

But the fact that they don't work on current operating systems is a good enough reason.
Posted: Fri, 17th Aug 2007, 5:35pm

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Garrison

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They are the most affordable software on the market today. If you can afford a couple of video games (even a new XBOX) you can get one of these programs easily.