DanR has passed away

tobyW

Member
Sad news indeed, and an unexpected shock to those peers among us in our seventies.
Dan Rosen will be sorely missed in the VideoRedo user community; his good software and his friendly helpfulness bore the hallmarks of a true professional.
My condolences to his nearest and dearest.
 

axemanozh

Member
Wow, that's sad to hear. My own father passed away recently at the age of 72 so I can especially empathize with this. Too many people are going too soon..

I've been a mostly silent user of the VideoReDo product going all the way back to mid-to-late 2000s; so while obviously the future of VideoReDo is understandably not a major concern at the moment, I do hope something can be worked out longer term. It's the best video editing software I've ever used.
 

calande

Member
So sorry to hear...
My condolences 🧡
Please, take time for yourself to recover from this sad event. If you ever decide to resume work around VRD, rest assured that some of us will support you, be it going on being customers, or giving a hand (support on the forum, translations, reporting bugs, etc...). VRD is my video editor of choice.
Sorry for that, be strong 💪
 
Dan203, My condolences. As others have said take time to recover. In regards to continuing, I assume that's up to DanR's family to decide? I would think that if it was a main source of income they would want it to continue. If this was DanR's secondary source of income, have you thought about asking if they would allow you to run it (assuming that's something you would be interested in).
 

svcdmaker

Member
I was saddened to hear of his passing. To this level of coding at that age he must have been one sharp guy. You can tell from his interactions on the forum this was something special to him. His work in this community will be greatly missed.
 

Dan203

Ex-Senior Developer
Dan203, My condolences. As others have said take time to recover. In regards to continuing, I assume that's up to DanR's family to decide? I would think that if it was a main source of income they would want it to continue. If this was DanR's secondary source of income, have you thought about asking if they would allow you to run it (assuming that's something you would be interested in).
To be perfectly honest I don’t think I could take it over even if I wanted to. There are licenses involved with video editing that are VERY expensive. So even if his family gifted me the rights to the name and all the source code I don’t think I could afford to keep it going on my own.

Plus I'm just not the entrepreneurial type. DanR was a businessman who had run several successful software companies before starting VideoReDo. I was just an employe who wrote code and collected a paycheck. I have no idea what it takes to run a business.

If at all possible I will keep the activation server running so that you guys can continue to use the software you already paid for, but unless someone buys out the company I'm afraid that the build you have now is the final version. 🙁
 

jhyler

Member
So sorry to hear the news. Strangely, I was always a tiny bit glad to have an issue to report since DanR (and you) always handled them so promptly and gracefully. Please pass our condolences to his family.
 

bhiga

New member
I lost the founder of my previous company last year (glider accident in Japan) and even though the company had been bought and we went our separate ways over a decade ago, it was still losing a family member, a mentor, a friend. Take the time you need.

It always felt great support reading the release notes and watching VRD grow through the ages (I've been using it much longer than I've been lingering here).
Please send deepest sympathies from this little speck in the Pacific and let his family know just how far his reach extended.

Brandon
 

Dan203

Ex-Senior Developer
I lost the founder of my previous company last year (glider accident in Japan) and even though the company had been bought and we went our separate ways over a decade ago, it was still losing a family member, a mentor, a friend. Take the time you need.

It always felt great support reading the release notes and watching VRD grow through the ages (I've been using it much longer than I've been lingering here).
Please send deepest sympathies from this little speck in the Pacific and let his family know just how far his reach extended.

Brandon
It does very much feel like losing a family member. He was someone I talked to almost every day for the last 16 years, a good friend and mentor. I miss him dearly.

Losing VideoReDo is also a major loss for me. I poured my heart and sole into this product over the last 16 years. The prospect of it just going away is heartbreaking. But as I said above I'm an engineer, not a businessman. And even if I wanted to take on that responsibility the licensing expenses involved are beyond my means. So unless something unexpected happens VideoReDo is likely done.

I'm sorry guys. I wish this wasn't the case. But that's the reality of the situation and I don't want to give you false hope.
 

cp2

Member
You can see why major software companies are adopting a subscription based regime rather than selling outright. It gets you a steady income stream rather than relying new sales or releasing chargeable upgrades. This is particularly important in a mature or saturated market. I’ve heard it said that VRD is a tad expensive but I think the reverse: compared to the high-end (and maybe bloated) packages it is good value. VRD has the facilities and agility that I want.
I have come to value VRD highly because of its support for resolving glitches and adapting to minor changes in source files. Broadcasters are tweaking things constantly. However, major changes are, as ever, coming such as ac4 and H266, which would reduce the usefulness of VRD in the longer term unless a way is found to continue development and make some of these features available. (Fortunately the UK market us slow to adopt such changes so I should have longer). You could liken VRD to a shark, it has to keep moving forward or it dies.
And there is the question of the balance between the professional and home user versions: if you keep both you need to maintain adequate differentiation.
Whether the will be prospective buyers of the existing product is the question. Fingers crossed.
VRD is testimony to Dan the owner and Dan the developer.
 

Dan203

Ex-Senior Developer
We had discussed many times the possibility of making VRD subscription based, but Dan was always worried that people would subscribe for a month or two to do a project and then unsubscribe. I always argued that people are lazy and will forget to unsubscribe which is why SaaS is the new paradigm for huge companies like Adobe and Microsoft who use to charge hundreds/thousands of dollars for their software and now charge $10/mo.

At this point that's all moot though. I don’t have the rights to use the name or the source code, so it's up to his family whether VideoReDo continues or not.
 
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