i need to supply some gfx to an editor using final cut pro and he has requested it being a quicktime with prores 4444 encoding. i can't seem to find anywhere to get hold of this. does one really have to buy the full final cut pro suite to get this? does apple not make this available for people like avid does with their codecs?
[anders bundgaard]"...does one really have to buy the full final cut pro suite to get this?"
That is correct. You must buy Final Cut Suite 3, and you must run a Mac. I expect you're thinking, "thanks a lot, Apple!"
However, you can offer an alternative: an image sequence. No only do image sequences support alpha channels, they are lossless and support far more than the 10-bit color of ProRes 4444.
[anders bundgaard]"...does apple not make this available for people like avid does with their codecs? "
It does not. I am reminded of the Bad Old Days when Media 100 would not make its very good codec available without buying the Media 100 card. You will note that Media 100 is no longer a major influence in video editing.
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I, along with many others, would gladly pay for a ProRes encoder.
I've got Final Cut and Macs in my shop, but we do a lot of cross-platform work, too. It's hard to make the argument that ProRes is a viable standard when you can't encode it on Windows. It's a pity -- ProRes is a great codec.
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