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Dorian Cantor
Low Rez H.264 vs ProRes Proxy Editing
on Apr 17, 2016 at 9:06:37 pm


I am shooting a short on the Sony a7sii. I will be shooting in UHD 1080p24 100 mb/s and 1080p120 100 mb/s. I'm running on a 2013 MBP with 8 GB of RAM so naturally I need to transcode my footage to a proxy format for faster editing in CC 2015. I've done this before, transcoding 1080p24 footage shot on the Canon 70D down to Quicktime H.264 files at a 8 mb rate and it was pretty good, but I think it could be faster.

I'm looking for suggestions on if I should transcode my footage to either 720p24 Quicktime H.264 files at 5 mb/s, or 720p24 Quicktime ProRes Proxy files for a faster playback. I'm not concerned about the smaller frame size, as I will do the work of correcting any potential scaling issues that arise by going from 720p to 1080 when I replace the proxy footage with the raw footage during the color correct phase. All I care about is speed, the image I edit with doesn't no need to be above medium quality by any means.


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Danny Baron
Re: Low Rez H.264 vs ProRes Proxy Editing
on Jul 12, 2016 at 9:17:02 pm

Did you ever find an answer? I'm thinking of transcoding my DSLR footage to DNX LB 1080p for offline on my laptop. Or lower res .h264. I found once the multicams are loaded the drive and or laptop really slows down.



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