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Frank Gothmann
Free Prores encoding on windows
on Apr 8, 2012 at 1:57:30 pm

Since the lack of Prores encoding on windows has come up as an issue several times I thought I play around with ffmpeg a bit.

I know, it's not as good as the ability to output directly from within your NLE but this might help some people who don't know how to go about it in general and who need a non-geeky method.

Download a gui here:
http://www.stuudio.ee/anothergui/
It comes with proper presets for Prores

Download ffmpeg for win:
http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/

Open "Anothergui", it asks where the ffmpeg.exe is located. Point to it (that's only done once).
Choose the preset you want, the source file and the output path.
Go.
It also does batch conversions.

That's it, very easy and free. There are lots of other options and deeper possibilities but it's might be a good starting point for some.
Just did some DnxHD to Prores HQ conversions with it.


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Herb Sevush
Re: Free Prores encoding on windows
on Apr 8, 2012 at 4:18:31 pm

Thanks Frank, that was very helpful.

Herb Sevush
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Frank Gothmann
Re: Free Prores encoding on windows
on Apr 8, 2012 at 8:56:56 pm

Actually, there IS a way to export directly to Prores out of Vegas and Premiere CS5.5
It is a bit more geeky but it works:

http://slugco.com/meta/ProResOnWindows/

There is also a special framreserver 64bit built specifically for CS5.5, that's "Advanced Frameserver".

http://sourceforge.net/projects/advancedfs/

Mulithreaded Prores encoding is in it's early stages so it's not super-fast atm but they'll add speed with every new build. Curious to see where this goes.


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Gary Huff
Re: Free Prores encoding on windows
on Apr 9, 2012 at 1:58:32 am

[Frank Gothmann] "Curious to see where this goes."

Hopefully Apple will open source ProRes like they did for their lossless audio codec.


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Greg Andonian
Re: Free Prores encoding on windows
on Apr 8, 2012 at 8:12:14 pm

Wait- FREE ProRes? How did they pull this off? Doesn't ProRes need to be licensed from Apple?

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Tapio Haaja
Re: Free Prores encoding on windows
on Apr 9, 2012 at 12:16:30 pm

Some guy called "Elvis Presley" reverse engineered Prores and that's why it's now included in FFMpeg. It seems that at least in some countries it's perfectly legal to reverse engineer things and include those to your products. Read more discussion here: http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/kgqdd/apple_prores_codec_rever...

Best
Tapio Haaja

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http://avseikkailuja.blogspot.com/


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Gene Cheb
Re: Free Prores encoding on windows
on May 3, 2012 at 8:48:13 pm

Frank, thanks for the tip! I registered just to thank you as I've been looking for a working solution to this.


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Matthias Aderhold
Re: Free Prores encoding on windows
on Apr 22, 2013 at 8:02:31 am

You guys could try MediaReactor from Drastic:
http://www.drastic.tv/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58:media...

It's available as an IO-Plugin for Premiere and features a native
non-ffmpeg ProRes-codec, which in some aspects is even better and faster than the original Apple-thing.

Couldn't be easier ;-) .


Cheers,
Mazze

PS.: Not for free, but 295 bucks for proper (and legal) ProRes-Export isn't too much, I think ;-) .


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mark pigott
Re: Free Prores encoding on windows
on May 14, 2013 at 6:10:36 pm

this is new try it as well

http://www.cinemartin.com/cinec/



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lam kaz
Re: Free Prores encoding on windows
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:07:48 pm

Thank you mark pigott ..
Is cinemartin gives 4k yet?
I saw an asterisk:
* Will be added on next release and will be free of charge for existing license owners.
I need Prores at 4k for my timelapses...


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