Apple Pro Codecs

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  1. diddl14 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple has posted an FCPX update package with the HDV, ProRes and other codecs, see http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1396

    Tip: open with Pacifist, copy to Library/Quicktime and enjoy with any Quicktime based video app including WireCast or even iMovie.
     
  2. xStep macrumors 68000

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    Cool. :D

    Out of curiosity I tried to use the installer. I got a warning that I was not allowed to perform the install because the installer couldn't find FCPX, Motion 5, or the new Compressor.

    Using Pacifist I dragged just the Prores codec into my system. Under OS X 10.6.7 on a Core Duo 32bit machine, I was able to save from QuickTime 7 to Prores, play that back, and import and use within iMovie 09.

    Now, just what real world use does this have for me? Use Prores instead of AIC?
     
  3. linuxcooldude macrumors 68020

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    I believe when you go into FCP X you can go to the menu "Download additional content" to install it which includes that package.
     
  4. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    For iMovie it is overkill. I don't think you'll see any difference. It is nice for chromakeying in Motion, as it gives you less artifacts.

    But be aware that you'll need a lot of drive space, and on your "old" machine it won't run as fluid as AIC.

    Isn't that the same D/L that you got with the Motion extras?
     
  5. xStep macrumors 68000

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    Hey, iMovie has chromakeying too! :D

    Yea, overkill for iMovie, but good knowledge likely if you have an older version of Final Cut that did not come with Prores.

    As for the age of the my machine, I didn't run any extensive test to see how fluid the Prores stuff was. It seemed fine.

    I think the download is likely the same codecs as mentioned one should download via software update after you have installed one of the new versions of those new apps.
     
  6. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    Never really worked with iMovie :eek:

    BTW, what happened to ProRes 4x4?
     
  7. xStep macrumors 68000

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    Prores 4444 is there. I can convert to it and play it back. Haven't experimented beyond that.
     
  8. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    Just wondering: Was that an FCP7 install or is it the in the "new" download. I don't see 4x4 mentioned any more by Apple (and some of the other ProRes flavors neither).... or maybe I just haven't been looking hard enough.
     
  9. xStep macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure what you are asking about. Given the download mentioned in the first message, I installed the Prores codec. When exporting from a video opened in QuickTime 7, I have the following Prores export possibilities; Prores 422, Prores, 422 (HQ), Prores 422 (LT), Prores (Proxy), Prores 4444.

    I'm not using FCP7 or FCPX. I have iMovie 09 which I've done very limited testing with, and FCP5 which I have not opened in some time.
     
  10. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    It's kind of ironic and rather silly that they would have Prores 444 on FCX. Of course, the same thing could be said about 4K support.
     
  11. xStep macrumors 68000

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    Why?
     
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  13. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    Only expensive professional cameras record in 444 color space. If you're shooting or ingesting 444, I highly doubt you would be editing on a prosumer NLE.
     
  14. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    More than enough for most applications.
     

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