August 12, 2014

Want ProRes Encoding on a Windows PC? Then FootageStudio 4K is Your Kind of Converter

acrovid footagestudio 4k video assets media transcode conversion frame rate resolution effects slow motion file filmmaking app utility tool windows pc computerApple's ProRes family of codecs is integral to the workflow of many a camera these days. Whether you're offline editing RED RAW footage or working right off Alexa or Blackmagic camera negative, there's a good chance you're doing it in ProRes -- which in turn means you're probably doing it in Mac OSX. Enter FootageStudio 4K, a standalone video encoder recently released by Acrovid. Featuring powerful codec support and a variety of frame rate & resolution conversion capabilities, FootageStudio 4K is also one of the few ways you can encode to/from Apple ProRes on the Windows platform.

For many users wishing to ditch OS X and take the plunge into the Windows realm, the decision hinges on the ability to decode and encode ProRes. Miraizon sells a $50 DNxHD & ProRes codec bundle for Windows, which would certainly seem to help. Now FootageStudio 4K offers another potential solution -- plus what looks to be a powerful tool for up, down, and cross-conversion of formats, frame rates, resolutions, or any combination.

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Here are the details boiled down:

  • Operating system: Windows XP, Vista, 7, & 8
  • 128-bit processing
  • Multithreading-ready, allowing for one process per core as available
  • 'Smart' batch processing with up to four jobs rendering at once
  • Support for NVIDIA CUDA GPUs
  • Input format support for basically every codec you can think of (non-RAW)
  • Input/output video resolutions from SD, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 3K, & 4K
  • Upscale/downscale from input to output
  • High quality frame resampling for scaling
  • Allows input resolution of non-standard dimensions up to 4K UHD
  • Allows arbitrary output resolution for custom aspect ratio up to 1080p
  • Crop or digital zoom for output, or letterbox/pillarbox
  • Aspect ratio conversion, with pixel aspect ratio conversion/anamorphic de-squeeze where applicable
  • Input video bit depth of 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, & 16-bit, anything supported by input codec
  • Resampling for bit depth up and down-conversion with optional dithering mode(s)
  • DCR mode allows reconstruction of 'missing' information when up-converting to 16-bit depth
  • Input video color space of RGB or YCrCb, chroma subsampling 4:1:1, 4:2:0, 4:2:2 & 4:4:4
  • Frame rates up to 120 input & up to 60 output, interlaced or progressive
  • Frame rate cross-conversion with motion-adaptive interpolation & multiple blending modes
  • Motion-adaptive de-interlacing & pulldown removal from 60i to 24p
  • Undercrank & overcrank for fast/slow motion interpolation to 24p, 25p, & 30p with multiple frame blending/blurring modes, configurable by shutter angle/speed
  • Noise removal package included
  • Other filters & effects including film grain, artifact removal, chroma smoothing, & superwhite limits
  • Automatic audio pitch correction for frame rate correction/conversion (i.e., 23.976 FPS to true integer 24)

With a feature set like this, FootageStudio 4K looks to be a veritable video garbage disposal. Not as in "garbage in, garbage out," but in the sense that it will take almost anything you throw at it, chew it up, and spit it out pretty much any way you could want it to. FootageStudio isn't necessarily unique in many of these abilities, but it looks as though Windows users now have another solid choice for video conversion.

One caveat is that some internal processing is done at 8-bit depth, depending on which source and output codecs you use in combination with the settings you select. This means that in some cases, transcoding a clip from a 10-bit source to a different 10-bit output may result in a degradation of quality. However, Acrovid's site indicates that a "Pro" version of FootageStudio 4K -- one that would perform all internal processing at 16-bit depth -- is in the works. Perhaps this future version will actually allow you to export custom dimensions above 1920x1080, and/or output true DCI 4K instead of just UHD -- abilities the current version lacks.

Acrovid is currently selling the software at a 35%-off price of $130, and a very functional demo is available for free download. If you run Windows (or dual boot on Mac) and you'd like to give the demo a try, check out the link below.

Link: FootageStudio 4K -- Acrovid Homepage

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45 Comments

You can also use Cinemartin plugin on Windows http://www.cinemartin.com/cinec/

What's interesting is that it works inside Premiere

August 12, 2014 at 10:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Do you mean Cinec works in Premiere, or FootageStudio works in Premiere, or both? I am using Premiere Pro CS5 in Windows7. I am able to import ProRes 422 (LT) into Premiere and see it, but no audio is imported. Files play fine though in Quicktime, with the audio. Any help/thoughts appreciated...

November 5, 2014 at 7:46AM

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Correction: I'm using CS5.5

November 5, 2014 at 7:50AM

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Hi, yes, Cinemartin works as a standalone app (Cinemartin Cinec) and as a plugin for both Adobe Premiere (Plin Plugin) and After Effects (Plin AE Plugin). It exports to Prores and H265

January 4, 2015 at 5:50PM

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Tony
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What the hell does 128-bit processing mean?

August 12, 2014 at 11:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Anon

SSE2 128bit

August 13, 2014 at 12:17AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ash

That would be more impressive in 2001 when SSE2 was introduced.

August 13, 2014 at 2:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Anon

Does anyone know if this is a standalone program, or just another FFMBC frontend?

August 13, 2014 at 1:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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"2: About bit depths supported, it is possible to import videos in 10-bit-16-bit for converting to 8-bit, or converting 8-bit to 10-bit videos increasing quality. However the internal workflow uses 8-bit, it is not recommended to import a 10-bit video and save it in 10-bit formats because a quality loss may occur. We are working on Pro version which supports 16-bit internal workflow."

August 13, 2014 at 2:15AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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You can't increase the quality of 8-bit by making it 10-bit. It's still 8-bit.

August 13, 2014 at 10:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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alex

yeah. That's not what I said. If you take a 10 bit file and convert it to another format at 10 bits, it'll still be capped to 8 bits, so you might run into banding in the footage.

August 19, 2014 at 10:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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or Another GUI, not sure is specs match though:
http://www.stuudio.ee/anothergui/

August 13, 2014 at 2:15AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marco

DNxHD codecs are available for free on PC and I never needed any kind of special support to encode from a Prores file. The real limitation on PC is not having a solid 422 10bits codec that goes up to 4k (DNxHD is limited to 2k) and since FootageStudio does not output 4K, I hardly see why would any windows user get it for prores as it does not bring the joy of prores 4K.

August 13, 2014 at 3:06AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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It does, that's why it's called Footage Studio 4K

August 13, 2014 at 3:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ash

"Allows arbitrary output resolution for custom aspect ratio up to 1080p" I understood this as it will only input 4K but not output it. Now I realize this only concerns custom ratios... thanks!

August 13, 2014 at 8:57AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hey,

I see there is a laso a denoiser tab on the software. Would this work great convert GH4 mov files to prores with the denoiser function without losing quality? As If i denoise everything in After Effects my After Effects crashes during long renders.(2minutes), so this might be a good solution for me if it works that is :)

August 13, 2014 at 5:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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anonymous

Just buy a Mac. Sheesh

August 13, 2014 at 6:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Rich

Fuck Mac.

August 13, 2014 at 8:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Natt

No, fuck windows. That's why nobody in the industry uses it.

August 13, 2014 at 12:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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typer

Well... I work for Bell Media in Montréal. We have about... I'd say close to two dozen editing bays running Avid Symphony. All on HP Z workstations. All Windows. I think you're mistaking your shitty FCP setup for pro. But don't worry: a lot of amateurs do.

August 13, 2014 at 8:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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FabDex

That's ridiculous. Mac, with all due respect to its once reputed build and tank-like efficiency, is like the equivalent of an overpriced supper at a facy restaurant. You get this really nicely garnished piece of art, but it still leaves you hungry unless you drop another few hundred dollars for more food. Mac is a child as far as compatibility and doing things Windows offers for free. And, make no mistake, Film Making is an art form that is NOT decided in its worth by a Mac or Pc, it's about the craft from the film maker. With that said, I'd rather pour iced blood on my balls then own a Mac. Windows has me cutting quick, making effects at the speed of thought, on the cheap, looking expensive and gorgeous and doesn't give me any aristocratic lip. So put that in your snooty little pipe and take a BIG toke, my man.

August 17, 2014 at 3:10PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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joel

i don't know anybody that uses windows for anything in filmmaking unless its those weird CGI people

August 13, 2014 at 1:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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john jeffries

weird cgi people...

ok.

August 13, 2014 at 2:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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alex mand

Yeah those weird CGI people, AKA the smartest ones that do all the most complex things with computers and require more control and power from their systems than anyone else in the industry.

August 13, 2014 at 7:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Angus

I think that was a joke.

August 14, 2014 at 8:18PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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geno

Then you must not know the right people. CGI is not represented exclusively by Windows and you should meet new people. PC's are absolute BEASTS for editing of you have the proper tools on your system. I co Edit with a Mac user and there are NOTHING but problems on his end...in the end, when he renders...his output file has pixelated edges..all from the oh so holy prores...meanwhile, my MP4's H.264 are creamy, tight and beautiful. Just like good sex. The proof is in the pudding. Mac is a NAME...nothing more than a charlatan riding off of yesterday's buzz before Windows came in with upgrades and mopped the floor with them.

August 17, 2014 at 3:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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joel

August 13, 2014 at 8:09AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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luis

Telestream Engine allows true prores encoding on PC since 2011. No hacks.

August 13, 2014 at 9:20AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Wolf

Dude Episode Engine costs almost 6k! You can almost buy your own ship for that.

August 13, 2014 at 12:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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david

That's what torrents are for :- )

August 13, 2014 at 5:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Wolf

:(

August 14, 2014 at 2:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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david

Does anyone know how good the de-interlacing is, or recommend the best software ?

August 13, 2014 at 2:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Saied

To all those guys that sill plays the A vs B game: go back to your kindergarten. Honestly, are you serious? You must be... what? 15 years old at most?
Go do some work with whatever tool fit your needs (but you have to do some work, not just *playing*), then come back here and keep the conversation on a more serious level.
"Hey Mom! All the other kids have Nike! If *all of them* have Nike, they must be the shoes in the world, right?"
"Yes sweetheart, I'll buy you a pair soon. Finish your ice cream now my dear"

August 13, 2014 at 4:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marco

More for Win, ProRes encoding is a big win here.

August 13, 2014 at 7:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jason

You're right Marco. I've succumbed to the childish arguing over A or B. I just needed to vent. I am tired of hearing all the poo poo'ing about Windows. To be honest, though..I've never been so welcoming of compression pooling in darker areas than I am now. Pro-Res doesn't get my nips firm. A good film does. Down and Out in Beverly Hills had tons of noise in the outdoor night scene when Little Richard was going on a tangent. On Netflix, the compression puddles up like digital jizum. But the movie...grade A.

August 17, 2014 at 3:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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joel

Tried this software, the notion of prores encoding on PC is great... alas, I give this software a giant fail. It errors and it crashes my dual xeon monster workstation right away.

August 22, 2014 at 5:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Brucifer

I would like to inform you about a problem I have encountered with Footage Studio 4K.
When I encode a very short video (vfx shot coming from After Effects), less than 3 seconds for example,
from a Quicktime Uncompressed YUV 10 bits source input, to Quicktime ProRes 422 output,

1 frame is missing at the end of the video encoded from Footage Studio 4k.
Is there anybody who encountered the same problem ?

October 20, 2014 at 5:06AM

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pocosso
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Anyone have a real value comparison between these few Windows Prores codecs?
If you're on Windows and work with Mac folk all you need is Mac Drive and one of these codecs and you're set. Honestly, you can rock the GoPro Studio Cineform codec as a better intermediate if you really know what's up. It's free, but good luck convincing a Mac user to give up on ProRes (great marketing my Apple).

December 16, 2014 at 6:56PM

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Jake
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There's another ProRes for Windows QuickTime component out now, with a bunch of other features:

http://www.mr4qt.com

Includes a lot of read and write formats as well, all for 99$

March 9, 2015 at 9:41PM

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Apple's ProRes family of codecs is integral to the workflow of many a camera these days. Whether you're offline editing video clips or working right off camera negative, there's a good chance you're doing it in ProRes -- which in turn means you're probably doing it in Mac OS X. Until recently, Windows/PC users have struggled to encode in ProRes 422. Now, a piece of good news for Windows users, you can encode videos to Apple ProRes freely on PC.
http://hot-camcorder-device-video-tips.over-blog.com/2015/11/prores-wind...

November 11, 2015 at 12:49AM

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mocikun
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Apple's ProRes family of codecs is integral to the workflow of many a camera these days. Whether you're offline editing video clips or working right off camera negative, there's a good chance you're doing it in ProRes -- which in turn means you're probably doing it in Mac OS X. Until recently, Windows/PC users have struggled to encode in ProRes 422. Now, a piece of good news for Windows users, you can encode videos to Apple ProRes freely on PC.

http://hot-camcorder-device-video-tips.over-blog.com/2015/11/prores-wind...

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