I'm trying to figure out how to use FFMPEG to make a reference MOV from a ProRes MOV source.

I've found commands that will take reference file and make a rendered ProRes MOV file

ffmpeg -enable_drefs 1 -use_absolute_path 1 -i SOURCE.mov -map 0 -c copy OUTPUTFILE.MOV

But I want to go the other direction. Start with a ProRes MOV and make a reference MOV that points to the ProRes MOV source.

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FFmpeg does not support, at present, exporting a MOV or ISO BMFF file with external data references.

  • Thanks for the info. I guess, we need to request this feature? Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 1:51
  • Even when implemented. you won't be able to reuse an existing dref.
    – Gyan
    Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 3:43
  • Is the Quicktime library that is integrated with FFMPEG compatible with Apple Quicktime Reference files? Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 4:36
  • Not clear what that means.
    – Gyan
    Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 4:53
  • Just wondering why you say that reusing an existing dref file wouldnt work if references are implemented in ffmpeg? Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 5:13

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