But, back to point...
I think there is a lot of value in this discussion Jay has raised about codecs.
My biggest issue with Matrox (and I'm generally a big fan), is that their I-frame codec is proprietary. I had a situation just recently where my client requested copies of all their footage for a project they wanted to do in-house. I sent it, but they couldn't use it without buying a Matrox card, or buying a Matrox mkey (it's basically a dongle). Customers don't mind paying good money for an editing solution, but they don't want to have their arms twisted behind their backs, either.
Even Apple has seen the error of being too proprietary, and they have released a free ProRes decoder for both Mac and Windows.
Cineform's decoder has been free for years.
At the very least, all NLE and codec companies should provide a decoder for free. That decoder should work in all other NLE systems, or at least provide the code hooks for other NLE's to support each other's codecs.
I have hope for Cinema DNG. Maybe someday we will even be able to record to it on Red hardware.
Jay, you make sense... after all, most cars run on the same fuel. And if they don't, you can usually get different types of fuel from the same gas station.