September 24, 2014 at 2:29PM


Importing ProRes into Premiere

Hey everyone! I'm a new member, and I'm excited to network with you all. I finally pulled the trigger on a Black Magic 4k, and I've been shooting in ProResHQ. I edit with Premiere Pro 5 on windows. Any advice on the best export codec to use in order to maintain the highest image quality. During my DSLR days, I'd export as a fairly uncompressed h.264, but now that I've moved up to a superior capture codec, does exporting as h.264 defeat the purpose?
My current version of Premiere does not have a Prores export option.


To clarify, what are you exporting? Your finished, edited sequence full of Blackmagic 4K footage, for archiving?

September 24, 2014 at 8:14PM

David S.

I'll be exporting 2 video files. One for exhibition on the web, and another for archival purposes. Not necessarily in 4k either.

David L. Rivera

September 25, 2014 at 3:04PM

For archiving the best thing is .mov in proresHQ (You need hardrive big), but if is for delivery or internet the more compatible and it's H264 mp4. Still being the best option.

September 26, 2014 at 12:08AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

Ditto what Raguel Cremades said - I agree.

October 15, 2014 at 6:16PM


ProRes is popular for this sort of thing, but it gets a tad murky on Windows, especially once you're talking about 4K. Premiere can import ProRes natively on Windows, but it can't export it without third-party codecs from those such as Miraizon. I've seen lots of stability issues using Miraizon with 4K and wouldn't currently consider it stable for archival under Windows.

If you're archiving 1080p, DNxHD is always a good way to go. If you're on a Mac, ProRes is great, be it 1080p or higher. If you're on Windows and want to archive 4K, it's currently tougher. We've been actually using Cineform for the moment. Hopefully DNxHR is released soon, which should finally give us a solution for this.

October 27, 2014 at 4:48PM

Daniel Keywan Hollister
Video Game High School

Oh, and to clarify, you'll need to download the DNxHD codec from Avid's website to export from Premiere with all available options, but it's free and it's the official codec.

Daniel Keywan Hollister

October 27, 2014 at 4:51PM

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