Embedding Camtasia Movies into an application

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I want to embed Camtasia movies using the MPEG4 H264 codec directly into my software application which is QT (Nokia) based as my application runs on multiple operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux). However, I understand that I'm going to require to license my application for MPEG4 H264 codec and pay royalty fees for the privilege of doing so. Is this the case? How does TechSmith deal with these licensing/royalty fees. I don't want the movies to launch in a separate window (such as a browser) but rather appear directly within the UI in a location I've established for them to appear. Any thoughts?
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Mark Jamieson

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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Hi Mark,

If only this was a simple, straightforward answer. Unfortunately, that is not the case. We can provide some general information to help answer your question, but this is not legal advice. To be absolutely sure about meeting MPEG-LA licensing requirements, you should consult a lawyer or check with MPEG-LA directly about your planned use.

TechSmith pays a royalty that covers our product being able to encode and decode H.264 video (i.e. MPEG-4/AVC). This TechSmith license does not extend or cover what customers do with the H.264 content. If the H.264 video you are distributing in your app is decoded by other software that is not part of your app, such as Windows Media Player or Quicktime Player, then any royalty is typically covered by that third party (e.g. Microsoft, Apple).

MPEG-LA royalties for distributing H.264 video generally only apply to making revenue from the video, such as pay-per-view, subscription video services, and internet TV. However, to be sure, you need to check into it directly yourself as we can't provide a sure answer to your question. Here is a Microsoft FAQ that explains how MPEG-LA licensing applies to their users: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wind...

Good luck!
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Mark Jamieson

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Thanks Shane, this confirms some initial research I've done, and I appreciate the link to the mpeg-la FAQ.

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