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beth warshafsky
ProRes versus H264 playback off laptop
on Sep 17, 2010 at 4:28:06 pm

An earlier post recommended ProRes for playback off a MacMini.
I am making a 12 minute piece to be projected at a live performance.
My source files are multiple and I am making a layered AE piece, very
painterly using D1 square pixel settings (for the 16 by 9 format but smaller files)

Someone recommended I consider H264 and was not keen on AIC.

Any input?


Beth Warshasfky

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Derek Prestegard
Re: ProRes versus H264 playback off laptop
on Sep 18, 2010 at 5:23:39 pm

If I understand correctly, you will be playing off a Mac Mini connected to some sort of display?

ProRes is an excellent choice for this type of scenario.

It's actually easier to decode than H.264, and is a much better fit than AIC (which should die).

So yes, ProRes all the way :)

Just in case I misunderstood your post, and you're looking for real-time playback on Windows - then you should indeed use H.264, and use a fast, multithreaded player like Media Player Classic - Home Cinema.

QuickTime on Windows is absolutely dreadful, especially the ProRes decoder :)

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