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Jesse Gordon
H.264 to ProRes
on Apr 2, 2010 at 8:55:03 pm

Hi -

Received several folders of video clips from a Still Photographer.

30 fps

Not sure what camera, assuming NOT Mark II because clips not HD.

I want to convert to ProRes before editing,
but so far haven't hit upon the right recipe.

ProRes same framesize/framerate = crazy shift when playing/parked on frame
ProRes 720x486 looks degraded stretched out.

Any ideas for best conversion settings would be greatly appreciated.
Jesse Gordon

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John Fishback
Re: H.264 to ProRes
on Apr 2, 2010 at 9:11:25 pm

Here's how I've done it. It works very well. Import the file to Compressor. Use an H.264 preset and change it to:

Audio Encoder
16-bit Integer (Little Endian), Stereo (L R), 48.000 kHz

Video Encoder
Format: QT
Width: 720
Height: 480
Pixel aspect ratio: NTSC CCIR 601/DV (16:9)
Crop: None
Padding: None
Frame rate: 29.97
Frame Controls On: It takes time, but this is important.
Retiming: (Best) High quality Motion Compensated
Resize Filter: Statistical Prediction
Deinterlace Filter: Best (Motion Compensated)
Adaptive Details: On
Antialias: 0
Detail Level: 0
Field Output: Same as Source
Codec Type: Apple ProRes 422
Multi-pass: Off, frame reorder: Off
Automatic gamma correction
Pixel depth: 24
Spatial quality: 50
Min. Spatial quality: 0
Temporal quality: 0
Min. temporal quality: 0


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Mike Kahn
Re: H.264 to ProRes
on Apr 2, 2010 at 9:26:14 pm

Is it possible it was recorded using the 5D? Cannon released a plug in for FCP to use log and transfer to transcode to prores from H.264 using their camera.

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Jesse Gordon
Re: H.264 to ProRes
on Apr 2, 2010 at 9:28:08 pm

Possible, but I would expect HD files from a 5D.

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