February 21, 2015 at 11:30PM


Is Apple ProRes the best post-production codec? Install ProRes to Adobe Suite

Hey everyone,
as a filmmaker on Final Cut Pro I always loved Apple ProRes codec for my post-production works. When I switched to Adobe software few years ago I forgot about ProRes, but then a guy from a shoot sent me a ProRes file and I remembered it as a delightful format. Then I installed it on my Mac and Adobe using this tutorial(If someone is interested) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc-W5sklUQ8 . SO THE QUESTION IS : Is the a better post-production codec out there? I would love to hear your opinions.


I'll tell you a secret: you loved how Preres worked on FCP, because it was the only codec that worked properly :-p

It is good and solid. So is DNxHD.

But in my experience EXCAM footage, C100, A7s , C300 files all work perfect in PPro. It takes some heavy grading to make those fall apart.
So when my clients want a fast turnaround (and most want that) don't have time for transcoding :-p
But from a technical point of view prores is better.

February 23, 2015 at 5:51AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

Prores and DNxHD are really, in my experience, the smoothest codecs when dealing with projects that need to be handing off or back-and-forth. Premiere really does treat most codecs really well and makes it possible to edit just about any of them with little trouble, but Prores and DNxHD can just make life a lot simpler for everyone involved. Of course, with the Mac still be the dominate platform for a lot of video work, Prores tends to be the easiest to get everyone on board with.

April 15, 2015 at 1:10PM

Bruce Ingram
Editor and Colorist

Have to disagree about the Mac being the dominant platform for video work. That was true 20yrs ago, but the PC left them in the dust long ago. The truth is video editing is done on both, but by a large margin more PCs are used world wide and software mfg is by far for video editing available on the PC. Doesn't make the PC better, but there is no dispute that the PC is the more popular computer platform for video editing world wide.

May 20, 2015 at 6:56PM


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