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There's a philosophical difference between delivery codecs (e.g. mpeg4, avchd), editing codecs (e.g. DNxHD, ProRes, Cineform), and capture codecs (e.g. r3d, DVCPROHD). While almost any codec can be used for each of these three stages, your workflow needs will help you decide which are best suited for each stage. The question you seem to be asking, is ...


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tl;dr: Since Youtube reencodes all videos regardless of the upload format, it really isn't that important. Just export your video with a high bitrate to preserve quality. Also see my answer here regarding quality loss caused by Youtube. Long answer: Each reencoding of a video to a compressed format lowers the quality. Usually, that means you'll lose quality ...


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YouTube will re-encode whatever you give it. VP9 is currently too slow to encode. So the best choice is to either: Give it the original footage, or if it is not accepted by YouTube or is too big to upload, then... Re-encode to H.264 ffmpeg ffmpeg will accept just about any input and will provide a great quality output. Development is very active, so it ...


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Well going by the numbers h264 has a lesser bit-depth and color accuracy than ProRes 422. PR422 has 10bit and 4:2:2 chroma sub-sampling, h264 has 8bit and 4:2:0 unless you encode in the Hi422P Intra profile which isn't very well supported in the wild but offers 10bit and 4:2:2. So in that case I don't think you will have any difference what so ever between ...


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Ffmpeg can encode video using ProRes, and runs cross-platform ffmpeg -i input.avi -c:v prores -profile:v 3 -c:a pcm_s16le output.mov will do the trick.


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I'd pick something that looks flat and unsaturated. Those are usually the ones designed to retain detail. If you see clog or slog2, those are good. Rec 709 will throw out info, so don't use that. What should inform this decision? Trial and error. A lut is really just a starting point for your grade. Try some different ones out. If it absolutely ...


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On Windows, I recommend FootageStudio 4K. It is a commercial converter (not cheap) that supports many professional formats, including ProRes.


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Has anyone done or seen any tests comparing Apple ProRes 422 with high-bitrate H.264? No, but I can tell you that x264 can get as close to lossless as you want (or even mathematically lossless, with -qp 0). x264 can produce h.264 streams in 4:2:0, 4:2:2, or 4:4:4 YUV colorspaces, at 8 or 10 bits per component. (It can also do RGB, but unless you're ...


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My guess would be that AfterEffects is assuming something about the audio format which Quicktime is handling correctly but AE is not. Check your format settings; you might need to specify a different byte ordering (also called "byte swapping") or tell it to be explicitly 16-bit instead of, say, 24-bit. In Quicktime you can see what the audio format is via ...


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I would use ffmpeg. Just write a sript in any scripting language you prefer and tell ffmpeg to encode new files depending on the total duration of the source file and let it only encode a certain amount of time. You can completely automate this sort of workflow with ffmpeg.


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I've tried a bunch of front ends for ffmpeg and finally settled on Tencoder. Widows only. It has a preset for ProRes and is very easy to customize so you can crete setting for often used formats or settings. It is multithreaded and allows you to do batch processing.


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Since Adobe CS5 XDCAM files are supported natively, make sure the folder structure is the same like on your SXS Card, open up the Sony Clip Browser and try to load up the files - this should work immediately. If you can't see the files, there must be an encoding error or the files are corrupt.


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Only Prores 4444 supports alpha channels, see the manual: The Apple ProRes 4444 codec offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and for workflows involving alpha channels. It seems to work for me, using the Animation codec with "Millions of Colors+". I'm on a Mac using Adobe CC. Here are the steps I took: Export your AE comp using ...


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You can try ffmbc - a customized version of FFmpeg. Unfortunately there are no builds for linux or windows at the moment so you have compile it yourself. Related: What is the difference between ffmpeg and ffmbc now?


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For such low quality footage (320 by 240 was quarter resolution even in the early 2000s), I'd probably go with DV format. It's a major video standard that, while not used much anymore (though HDV is still used), was a major video standard and thus isn't going anywhere quickly (just look at how MPEG-1 has hung around). It is designed for high quality video ...


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According to Miraizon support this is a peculiarity in Premiere Pro handling of ProRes that causes it to interact "very inefficiently" with the the codec. There is an update forthcoming but until then they suggested this as a work-around: Move the AppleProResDecoder.qtx from the /Quicktime/QTSystem/ folder to a temp folder. I still get some inconsistencies ...


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When video or audio data is compressed, it works by two different mechanisms. The first (which is the only one used by lossless compression) is to look for patterns that are repeated. When patterns are found, it can store the data once and reference the stored copy. The second is only used lossy compression and involves discarding the least significant ...


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I've never encountered this problem, so unfortunately I can't give you advice on how to fix it. However, next time, I would suggest that you convert all your footage to the same format before you begin editing. Prores 422 is a great editing codec. Go to this website and download MPEG Streamclip. It's a free program that converts your footage to different ...


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If you are going to be doing any serious work with your 60D, I strongly encourage you to stick with Final Cut Studio for your projects. I work with a producer who shoots a 60D (amongst others) for music videos. We spoke with Alex Buono (DP for Saturday Night Live) about how he gets the quality with gets with the Canon. He uses a specific set-up to defeat a ...



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