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Russell Lasson
Re: Is Apple ProRes 422 the best choice for a HD film?
on Sep 21, 2012 at 8:50:24 pm

I'm with Alex. What's the original format of the source?

If it's a digital cinema camera (Alexa, RED, etc) then I go with mastering to ProRes 4444 or ProRes HQ.

If the source is a camera that uses a more compressed codec (DSLR, XDCAM, etc) I generally use ProRes SQ.

That said, I'm not sure I know of anyone that would watch your film at a festival and say, "Boy, you should have used ProRes HQ!"

So questions you should answer are:

1. What was the acquisition codec?
2. What was the post production codec and workflow?
3. How with the festival show your film? Just because you have it at 2K doesn't mean that they can screen it at 2K. They might only have 1080P equipment. And if you give them ProRes, they might even just make a Bluray or something for the festival.


Russell Lasson
Colorist/Digital Cinema Specialist
Color Mill
Salt Lake City, UT

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