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Carlen Cyphers
Transcode or Proxies?
on Sep 23, 2018 at 4:17:08 pm

Hey guys,

I am a hobbyist who enjoys shooting some drone footage and family video (vacations, etc) - so please keep in mind I don't do this for a living.

I've been trying to determine the best workflow for me and whether or not I should transcode my raw footage to Cineform/DNxHD or just use a Proxy workflow. The problem with transcoding all my raw footage is that the file sizes are massive. I transcoded 63GB of 2K/4K footage to Cineform from my Hawaii family vacation and it was 690GB! That is massive.

It seems to me that for a hobbyist, the proxy workflow might be much more reasonable and certainly more archivable as I am paying for my own external storage and I don't have a customer to simply charge for an external drive for all that footage. My thoughts are that archiving the final render and the raw compressed video (h.264/h.265) is so much more practical than storing 690GB of transcoded footage.

What are your guys' thoughts?


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Ann Bens
Re: Transcode or Proxies?
on Sep 23, 2018 at 5:13:50 pm

Stick to proxies.

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John Heiser
Re: Transcode or Proxies?
on Sep 25, 2018 at 3:24:30 pm

Definitely go with proxies. They'll help your editing go more smoothly, and all your exports will still be from the original files.

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