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dallas kruse
Which Codec is best to use with T3i footage and FCP 7?
on Jun 9, 2014 at 3:24:09 pm

I have a question regarding Codecs to use in FCP 7.

My footage comes from a Canon T3i or a Canon 5d. And I'm filming in 1980x1020, 24p.

I always encode/transcode my footage in Compressor before editing in FCP.

I have been using ProRes 422 but doing some quick reading on Apple Documents ... I'm thinking that ProRes 422 might not be the highest quality possible.

I want to have the BEST looking footage I can.

Can someone help with which Compressor Codec I should be encoding to?

thank you

Music Producer dabbling in Video.
FCP 7. CS3, 5. AE.
Canon T3i.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Which Codec is best to use with T3i footage and FCP 7?
on Jun 9, 2014 at 4:05:55 pm

You've been doing it correctly. Use ProRes422. ProRes HQ has all the image quality of 422, plus you get a bonus -- much larger file sizes... which isn't much of a bonus in my book. ProRes 4444's primary virtue is that it supports Alpha Channels.

There are just two good reasons to stray from ProRes 422: 1) you need to re-render your clips six generations deep or more 2) you need alpha channels.

Other than that, stick with 422.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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dallas kruse
Re: Which Codec is best to use with T3i footage and FCP 7?
on Jun 9, 2014 at 4:09:29 pm

If there won't be a big quality difference in 422 vs 422HQ vs 4444 ... I'll be glad to stick with 422.

Music Producer dabbling in Video.
FCP 7. CS3, 5. AE.
Canon T3i.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Which Codec is best to use with T3i footage and FCP 7?
on Jun 9, 2014 at 4:10:40 pm

There won't be.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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dallas kruse
Re: Which Codec is best to use with T3i footage and FCP 7?
on Jun 9, 2014 at 4:13:20 pm

Thank you for the help.

Music Producer dabbling in Video.
FCP 7. CS3, 5. AE.
Canon T3i.


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