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Karel van Gelder
Looking for decent codecs from pc to open on a mac
on Sep 8, 2011 at 9:20:53 am

Hi there,

I'm working on Mac but I have a lot of clients working on pc. I often advice to deliver in Animation codec since I have thoroughly tested it and I know what it does to gamma levels/colors etc. Many other uncompressed formats say "unknown codec" in FCP. So even if they show the footage I never know if what I am seeing is right.

Since a lot of clients deliver over the internet it takes a lot of time downloading the Animation files. (mostly because of poor upload connections at the clients side)
So I am wondering if anyone has an idea on what formats could alternatively be used to make the transfer of data faster without too much loss of quality. I am hoping for something similar to 'Prores HQ' but then something that communicates well between pc and mac.


Karel van Gelder
The netherlands


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Rafael Amador
Re: Looking for decent codecs from pc to open on a mac
on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:52:18 am

Hi Karel,
PhotoJPEG (75/95%) is a great option: 422YUV and quite light files.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Karel van Gelder
Re: Looking for decent codecs from pc to open on a mac
on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:00:27 pm

Hi Rafael,

Thanks for your reaction. I have been testing with both photo-jpeg and jpeg2000 but unfortunately there are some problems accuring that I can't seem to solve.
Photo-jpeg is slightly greener than the original uncompressed file.
jpeg2000 is much lighter and somehow I don't seem to be able to adjust the gamma-interpretation of the file (don't want to use filters for that)

I want a compression method that is visually losless so that I won't have any trouble with clients claiming that I changed the files.

Karel


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Rafael Amador
Re: Looking for decent codecs from pc to open on a mac
on Sep 8, 2011 at 6:44:23 pm

You may try the Blackmagic codecs.
They should work in both platforms.
No idea if you will get any color/gamma issue.
Avid codecs should do it as well.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Karel van Gelder
Re: Looking for decent codecs from pc to open on a mac
on Sep 10, 2011 at 12:44:29 pm

Thanks, i'm gonna give them a try!

Karel


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