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Filip Stillerska
Apple ProRes alternative?
on Oct 25, 2018 at 1:20:46 pm

Is there a good alternative codec (included with After Effects) for...
  • Apple ProRes 4444: A codec with lossless (or close to lossless) quality that preserves the alpha channel and the sound of the footage?
  • Apple ProRes 422: A codec with lossless (or close to lossless) quality that preserves the sound of the footage?


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Walter Soyka
Re: Apple ProRes alternative?
on Oct 25, 2018 at 2:22:39 pm

GoPro CineForm. It's a fantastic intermediate/mezzanine codec.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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John Heiser
Re: Apple ProRes alternative?
on Oct 25, 2018 at 2:31:56 pm

+1 on Cineform, and it's cross-platform. One minor downside: it's less-well known, so people who receive it may wonder what they're getting.

Another alternative is Avid DNxHD or DNxHR - many flavors, just like ProRes.

One post house partner we use has started using MXF OP1a as a wrapper instead of QuickTime (DNxHD codec inside), avoiding any security jitters some may have with using QuickTime.

John Heiser
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Filip Stillerska
Re: Apple ProRes alternative?
on Oct 25, 2018 at 4:04:09 pm

Then I guess I'll go with GoPro CineForm since me and my team because of miscellaneous reasons no longer want to work with ProRes. We'll mostly use the codec to store (close to) uncompressed footage, and for motion graphics exchange etc.
Which format do you recommend to use with GoPro CineForm?:

Also, which quality setting do you recommend for GoPro CineForm (1-5)? When I put the quality setting on 5, the bitrate doubled ProRes's bitrate.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Apple ProRes alternative?
on Oct 25, 2018 at 4:05:12 pm

I generally use 4.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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Filip Stillerska
Re: Apple ProRes alternative?
on Oct 25, 2018 at 4:10:58 pm

Ok! And do you use QuickTime as the format?


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