Converting a Prores file with parameters:

arguments: -i "input.mov" -map 0 -c copy -c:v prores -profile:v 2 -c:a pcm_s16le "output.mov"

gives the following output:

ffmpeg version 2022-01-30-git-1530b3f566-essentials_build-www.gyan.dev Copyright (c) 2000-2022 the FFmpeg developers
  built with gcc 11.2.0 (Rev7, Built by MSYS2 project)
  configuration: --enable-gpl --enable-version3 --enable-static --disable-w32threads --disable-autodetect --enable-fontconfig --enable-iconv --enable-gnutls --enable-libxml2 --enable-gmp --enable-bzlib --enable-lzma --enable-zlib --enable-libsrt --enable-libssh --enable-libzmq --enable-avisynth --enable-sdl2 --enable-libwebp --enable-libx264 --enable-libx265 --enable-libxvid --enable-libaom --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libvpx --enable-mediafoundation --enable-libass --enable-libfreetype --enable-libfribidi --enable-libvidstab --enable-libvmaf --enable-libzimg --enable-amf --enable-cuda-llvm --enable-cuvid --enable-ffnvcodec --enable-nvdec --enable-nvenc --enable-d3d11va --enable-dxva2 --enable-libmfx --enable-libgme --enable-libopenmpt --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libtheora --enable-libvo-amrwbenc --enable-libgsm --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopus --enable-libspeex --enable-libvorbis --enable-librubberband
  libavutil      57. 19.100 / 57. 19.100
  libavcodec     59. 20.100 / 59. 20.100
  libavformat    59. 17.101 / 59. 17.101
  libavdevice    59.  5.100 / 59.  5.100
  libavfilter     8. 26.101 /  8. 26.101
  libswscale      6.  5.100 /  6.  5.100
  libswresample   4.  4.100 /  4.  4.100
  libpostproc    56.  4.100 / 56.  4.100
[mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2 @ 00000061fbc9c240] Using non-standard frame rate 18432/1024
Input #0, mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2, from 'input.mov':
    major_brand     : qt  
    minor_version   : 512
    compatible_brands: qt  
    encoder         : Lavf58.27.103
  Duration: 00:30:12.67, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 865279 kb/s
  Stream #0:0[0x1](eng): Video: prores (4444) (ap4h / 0x68347061), yuv444p12le(tv, bt709, progressive), 4096x2160, 864125 kb/s, SAR 1:1 DAR 256:135, 18 fps, 18 tbr, 18432 tbn (default)
      handler_name    : VideoHandler
      vendor_id       : FFMP
      encoder         : Lavc58.53.100 prores_ks
      timecode        : 01:00:00:00
  Stream #0:1[0x2](eng): Audio: pcm_s16le (sowt / 0x74776F73), 48000 Hz, stereo, s16, 1536 kb/s (default)
      handler_name    : SoundHandler
      vendor_id       : [0][0][0][0]
  Stream #0:2[0x3](eng): Data: none (tmcd / 0x64636D74)
      handler_name    : VideoHandler
      timecode        : 01:00:00:00
Multiple -c, -codec, -acodec, -vcodec, -scodec or -dcodec options specified for stream 0, only the last option '-c:v prores' will be used.
Multiple -c, -codec, -acodec, -vcodec, -scodec or -dcodec options specified for stream 1, only the last option '-c:a pcm_s16le' will be used.
Stream mapping:
  Stream #0:0 -> #0:0 (prores (native) -> prores (native))
  Stream #0:1 -> #0:1 (pcm_s16le (native) -> pcm_s16le (native))
  Stream #0:2 -> #0:2 (copy)
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[prores @ 00000061fbd03440] encoding with ProRes Proxy/LT/422/422 HQ (apco, apcs, apcn, ap4h) profile, need YUV422P10 input
[prores @ 00000061fbca0200] ff_frame_thread_encoder_init failed
Error initializing output stream 0:0 -- Error while opening encoder for output stream #0:0 - maybe incorrect parameters such as bit_rate, rate, width or height
Conversion failed!

Does this:

encoding with ProRes Proxy/LT/422/422 HQ (apco, apcs, apcn, ap4h) profile, need YUV422P10 input

mean it's not supported by ffmpeg at all or is there a solution to this problem. (Used the latest version of ffmpeg)

  • Half of that ffmpeg command is redundant. Therte's no point using -c copy if you then specify different audio and video codecs, and with only one input there's no need to use -map 0. You could just use -i "input.mov" -c:v prores -profile:v 2 -pix_fmt yuv422p10le -c:a pcm_s16le "output.mov"
    – stib
    Feb 8, 2022 at 23:30

1 Answer 1


The input has full chroma sub-sampling and is 12-bit, and, by default, ffmpeg will try to retain as much fidelity as possible when converting the pixel format for the output encoder. However, for the selected profile, the encoder needs a pixel format with chroma sub-sampling and a lower bit depth. So you'll have to manually set the required one.

Add -pix_fmt yuv422p10le.

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