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Brian GarnellGetting the ProRes Codec
by on Jan 22, 2008 at 1:06:09 am

Is buying Final Cut Pro the only way to get the ProRes codec?
Or by chance is Final Cut Express and Quicktime Pro enough?
Or by chance is there a secret codec somewhere that you can download?


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Paul EscandonRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Jan 22, 2008 at 1:16:25 am

The only way to get it is to have the Final Cut Studio 2 install discs... it only comes on there.

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Dylan ReeveRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Jan 22, 2008 at 1:24:46 am

That's a shame. Avid provides free access to their codecs - we make extensive use of that to get footage into other apps like AE. Would like to do the same with FCP and ProRes - but seems unlikely, especially as most of our systems are Windows...



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Matthew SkerisRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Jan 22, 2008 at 3:13:51 am

Here's a pair of fairly recent blog posts that I bookmarked on the same topic-

http://www.capria.tv/category/editing/page/5/

http://www.capria.tv/2007/06/19/prores-422-after-effects-gotcha/





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Chris BorjisRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Jan 22, 2008 at 5:10:22 pm


If you own the software and just need it on another machine, you can install the Qmaster (net render) package to get dvcpro/hd and prores.




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Michael HancockRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Jan 22, 2008 at 5:29:49 pm

But how do you get it on a PC?

Michael.



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Zane BarkerRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Jan 23, 2008 at 4:46:31 am

[Michael Hancock] "But how do you get it on a PC? "

You don't!



Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!


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Jeff HanlonRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Mar 10, 2009 at 9:20:46 pm

Please check out this article:
http://www.tuaw.com/2008/08/28/apple-prores-quicktime-decoder-1-0-for-mac/

Apple provides a free ProRes decoder for both Mac and Windows.

Jeff



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Zane BarkerRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Mar 11, 2009 at 12:19:55 am

Jeff this thread is a year old back then it was not posible.

There is no reason to reopen a one year old dead post.

There are no "technical solutions" to your "artistic problems".
Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!



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Kyle OmlorRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Jul 7, 2009 at 6:04:25 pm


If you need to view ProRes material, you can download the ProRes decoder (mac and windows compatible) for ProRes

http://support.apple.com/downloads/Apple_ProRes_QuickTime_Decoder_1_0_for_W....

http://support.apple.com/downloads/Apple_ProRes_QuickTime_Decoder_1_0_for_M...


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Eric BowmanRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:04:38 pm

I respectfully disagree Mr. Barker. If someone has this same issue in the future they might at least stumble upon this post. I did, and it just save me quite a bit of time.

Eric Bowman


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Linda NaksRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Nov 22, 2010 at 11:25:14 pm

I just stumbled here, and I gratefully thank all for this info. You're saving my life tonight on an old FCP system...


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Dorothy ParkerRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Sep 17, 2011 at 9:56:43 pm

I would like to second (or third) the opinion on this. This is a rare issue, thus folks may come upon this every couple of years. It just saved my life - or at least several $100 dollars I woulda lost along with a client. ...and the post is over two years old now.

Downside to the solution, is it seems this codec will not install without the Quicktime bloat/spyware. Anyone know of an alternative codec for AppleProResDecoder.qtx that doesn't require the evil of Quicktime?

Seems Quicktime Alt does not yet support this format.


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Edouard JolyRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Sep 18, 2011 at 9:46:20 pm

I can't try it right now but it seams that you can download a package of codecs for Pro Apps directly on apple's website.

About ProApps QuickTime Codecs
This update adds the following video codecs for use by QuickTime-based applications:

Apple Intermediate Codec
Apple ProRes
AVC-Intra
DVCPRO HD
HDV
XDCAM HD / EX / HD422
MPEG IMX
Uncompressed 4:2:2
This update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4.


Here's the link : http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1396

Can somebody try it and say if it's working ?

Edouard JOLY


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Rafael AmadorRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Sep 19, 2011 at 8:52:41 am

Keeping open this two years old thread makes no sense.
If there is any interesting thing to post, please open a new one.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Edouard JolyRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Sep 20, 2011 at 8:59:02 am

I've tested the codec pack i was talking about earlier. Tried to install it on a FCP 6. Got an error msg : it's only working on FCP X.... :(

Edouard


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tony gallardoRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Oct 10, 2011 at 5:57:24 pm

This is perfect!! works like a charm
thanks!



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Steve WatkinsRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Oct 11, 2011 at 7:03:07 pm

nicely done!


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dany mercRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Nov 9, 2011 at 5:03:11 am

I followed these instructions (except I only copied over prores, not all codecs) and I see the prores codec in MPEG streamclip. However, when I attempt to export a quick time file in the prores format, I get an error message - Error: can't open the compressor.

I have an older system and software: MAC OS X version 10.5.8, PowerPC, FCP 5.1.4

Any suggestions?

thanks.


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Monica NolanRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Dec 11, 2011 at 8:20:47 pm

This didn't work for me. I keep getting the "codec not found" error message. I'm on OS 10.5.8, FCP 6.0.6.

Is it possible I'm putting the .component files in the wrong folder? I put them in, library>quicktime, and when that didn't work I tried putting them in system>library>quicktime.

Any other ideas?

Thanks


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Jay InmanRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Dec 20, 2011 at 4:48:06 pm

My 2 cents, since Ken Evans post of Oct 7, 2011 just saved me (a) a client, (b) a bundle, (c) a load of grief.

Absolutely nothing wrong with keeping old posts alive with new developments and info which address lingering issues. And many thanks to anyone (listening, Ken?) who takes the time. When in the throes of confusion and searching madly for answers, we don't care if it comes from an old post or new.

Ken's easy solution worked like a charm, and I'm now rendering Apple ProRes 4444 with alpha channels out of After Effects, just as a particular client has requested - way to go! (and excellent to not have to purchase FCP X just to get some codecs)

In answer to a couple posts by folks who had problems getting it to work in FCP, I believe it's because the current QT package needs FCP 7 or above - 6 and below won't read some of them (I've just gotten this impression from some earlier reading while doing a search). Works great out of Premier though (nudge, nudge - since Apple is clearly giving up on their professional software offerings).


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Kala MaRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Jan 25, 2012 at 6:11:37 am

Ken,

Thanks for your post and this work around...I am on FCP 6.05 and would love access to the prores 422LT. I did the steps detailed in this post, and now see prores 422LT as an option in mpeg streamclip, but not in FCP. In FCP, I opened the log and transcode window and under the preference pane looked for the 422LT in the canon eos drop down menu but did not see the option (only see previous options: 422HQ/422, and no LT). Is there another way I should be navigating, or looking? Did I miss a step to activate this, to be able transcode to 422LT in FCP?

[i did clear my user settings and restart the computer, just in case]

My workflow involves footage shot on a Canon 5dii, hence looking at the EOS plug in area.

Thank you in advance for your insights!

~ Kala


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Sam CornelisRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Feb 2, 2012 at 3:00:41 pm

Just in case anyone is interested: it also works with Premiere Pro CS4.

Thanks Ken!

- I have read the entire internet, and I am feeling a little bit bored, so I started to reply to interesting forum topics.


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Jonnie LewisRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Feb 4, 2013 at 12:23:48 pm

Would just like to add that this thread has helped me out a bunch as well.

Got ProRes codecs working with the CS6 version of Adobe Media Encoder now.

Only problem I had was that I didn't have a QuickTime folder in my Library so I didn't know where to put the component files. Turned out you can just make the folder yourself and it still works.

Thanks a bunch.


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Patrick SimpsonRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Feb 20, 2013 at 3:34:39 pm

I ran across this somewhere but haven't tested it.

You can download a free 30-day trial of Final Cut Pro X from Apple's website which installs the ProRes codecs.

The 30-day period doesn't start until you open FCP X for the first time; however, the ProRes codecs are active and usable. So, in theory you could use the ProRes codecs forever, providing you never open FCP X.


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Patrick SimpsonRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Feb 20, 2013 at 7:56:58 pm

Maybe this is a dumb question, but I'm guessing Ken's method would be frowned upon if you don't already own a previous version of FCP. I haven't looked at the ProRes license agreement, if there is one.


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Matt DubuqueRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Mar 7, 2013 at 11:23:51 pm

Hi Jonnie and others,

Like you, I would like to install ProRes to use in PrPro 6.

I created a folder to park all those files on my drive, but the unpackager seems to have frozen in the manner displayed on the screen shot.

Then I opened up ProRes to see if I could drag any "package files" to that small rectangular display on the unpackager instructing me to "drag my packaging files", but everything froze up, as in the attached image.

Any thoughts?

Thanks! Matt Dubuque



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David ThomasRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Dec 16, 2013 at 12:22:00 pm

Hi there,

You say ProRes is working with Adobe Media Encoder CS6. Which codecs do you have? Do you have the Apple ProRess 422 (HQ)?

I have only been able to get Apple ProRes 422 (LT) and Apple ProRess 422 - HD so far.

I need Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) but can't seem to get it.

Could you tell me where I can get the HQ codecs or possibly send me a copy of yours?

Any help here would be much appreciated.



Many Thanks


Regards



David


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Matt DubuqueRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Mar 7, 2013 at 9:53:01 pm

Wow. Maybe hope is on the way!

One question... for the second part, Tim Doug's unpacker package, do I just need to install the one unpacker with the latest date on it?

http://www.timdoug.com/unpkg/

Thanks!

Matt


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Martin ThoburnRe: Getting the ProRes Codec
by on Jan 6, 2014 at 4:21:22 am

I found this post very helpful despite the age. I was able to get the ProRES codec to work without having to install Final Cut, or other ProApps using the unpkg method and the codec update from the apple website. I documented the process on my blog: http://goo.gl/r0TqQA


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