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Rob DahlBest Practice Request: Render Settings for Windows AE CS5.5 using ProRes Footage for return to Mac Editing system
by on Jan 2, 2012 at 10:54:42 pm

Hello all...

I am looking for guidance for exporting rendered scenes that I am working on for film. I have a Win7, AE5.5. QTPro.

While the debate on ProRes will continue in other threads, I can read ProRes perfectly in AE and like it.

So, I am ready to export and would like your best practice settings to return a mov file back to the Mac Client. Yes, I know ProRes is not an option. I did render out QT mov using the TGA codec. (although now millions of colors instead of trillions). The file size is larger than the original but seemed to look comparable: new vs. original.

Are there better export options to return to the Mac Final Edit Pro?

Your wisdom and assistance is appreciated.

Rob

Rob Dahl
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Dave LaRondeRe: Best Practice Request: Render Settings for Windows AE CS5.5 using ProRes Footage for return to Mac Editing system
by on Jan 3, 2012 at 3:23:51 pm

You mean Final Cut Pro? I'd double-check your version of QT; make sure you've got the fully-updated QT7 for win. I'm pretty sure it'll allow you to render one of the various flavors of QT.

Having said that, I cut on FCP at work, and run AE on a Windows box at home. At home, I render out PNG image sequences for use at work. Yeah, they're huge in terms of file size, but lossless.

Dave LaRonde
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Walter SoykaRe: Best Practice Request: Render Settings for Windows AE CS5.5 using ProRes Footage for return to Mac Editing system
by on Jan 3, 2012 at 5:40:16 pm

[Rob Dahl] "I did render out QT mov using the TGA codec. (although now millions of colors instead of trillions). The file size is larger than the original but seemed to look comparable: new vs. original."

QuickTime with PNG compression is also lossless and may get you smaller file sizes than TGA, but it will still be limited to 8-bit in Quicktime. If you're only working in 8bpc anyway, this won't yield any additional loss.

You might also consider Avid's free DNxHD or the CineForm codec as lightly-compressed, cross-platform ProRes alternatives.

Walter Soyka
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