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mike rakoff
Best Codec for large screen
on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:13:14 pm

Hello -

I'm sure this is asked a lot but I have edited a web series and am now cutting it into a feature which will air on the big screen.

It was shot on 5D H.264 / 1920 × 1080. Then transcoded into AppleProRes 422 for the web. I wanted to re-encode the episodes into a better/higher quality. Does anyone have any recommendations?



Thanks,
Mike


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Shane Ross
Re: Best Codec for large screen
on Feb 12, 2013 at 11:50:17 pm

ProRes 422 isn't for the web...it's for editing, and mastering...delivery for broadcast. If you plan on going to the web, re-encode back to H.264.

Is that BETTER than ProRes in terms of quality? No. ProRes has a higher data rate and is better quality by far. But the web players don't play back ProRes. They play back H.264...either as Mp4, MOV or flash.

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mike rakoff
Re: Best Codec for large screen
on Feb 13, 2013 at 12:33:43 am

Hi shane,

Sorry I didn't specify. I have already re-encoded from Pro Res back to H264 for youtube.

Though my question is, if I should use a different codec for film festivals now, which will no doubt be screening this on a large screen?


Basically, can I and/or should I upgrade my workflow from prores422 to another codec? One more suitable good quality once the file is enlarged?



Thanks,
Mike


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Shane Ross
Re: Best Codec for large screen
on Feb 13, 2013 at 1:05:36 am

ProRes 422 is a finishing codec. It is often asked for as a final deliverable for film festivals and broadcast. Re-encoding what you have to any other codec will not increase the quality in any way.

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mike rakoff
Re: Best Codec for large screen
on Feb 15, 2013 at 6:18:41 pm

Okay, thanks Shane! BTW does that also include going from ProRess422 to ProRes422 (HQ) or 4444?


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