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FCP and After Effects Windows: best codec?
on Jul 30, 2014 at 8:00:41 am

I still do a lot of FCP7 editing using Apple ProRes codec on my Mac. Since I recently acquired a very fast PC, I plan on using it for work on After Effects CS6 (soon CC).

I'll be moving rendered files from FCP7 to AE and vice-versa. I noticed AE on Windows lacks the ProRes codec. I've tried rendering in AE using Lossless in both QT and AVI but when importing to FCP there's a very noticeable color difference...


What's my best course of action here?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: FCP and After Effects Windows: best codec?
on Jul 30, 2014 at 5:03:39 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Jul 30, 2014 at 5:32:58 pm

There's a freebie-download Quicktime ProRes READER. It works fine, but you can't render to ProRes with it. You'd have to buy a third-party codec pack for that.

But you can always render to the PNG codec out of AE, and that's lossless.

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


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Walter Soyka
Re: FCP and After Effects Windows: best codec?
on Jul 30, 2014 at 5:29:25 pm

Final Cut Pro misinterprets the gamma on RGB formats.

Import the clip into FCP. Select the clip, then hit Cmd-9 to open Item Properties. Right-click the gamma value (normally set to Source) and set it to 2.2.

Other options:

Miraizon has a ProRes-compatible codec for Windows. You could try encoding with that.

You could also consider running Premiere Pro on your PC alongside Ae.

Walter Soyka
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