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Mel KahnBest way to render an animation in AE for use if Final Cut Pro with the 422 codec???
by on Feb 18, 2011 at 7:36:56 am

Hi, Anyone know the best way to render an animation already done in AE so that one can move it over to Final Cut Pro (say version's 3 and up) to be able to use the Pro Res 422 codec for the best HD results???


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Joey ForemanRe: Best way to render an animation in AE for use if Final Cut Pro with the 422 codec???
by on Feb 18, 2011 at 1:55:39 pm

Sure, just render it to ProRes HQ.

[Mel Kahn] "...so that one can move it over to Final Cut Pro (say version's 3 and up) "

Final Cut is currently on version 7, which is part of Studio 3. ProRes can only be used with versions 6 & 7, as far as I know.

Joey Foreman
Editor/Compositor/VFX Artist


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Dave LaRondeRe: Best way to render an animation in AE for use if Final Cut Pro with the 422 codec???
by on Feb 18, 2011 at 3:56:15 pm

To add to Joey's information, only Macs with Final Cut 6 or 7 install on them have access for ProRes 422. No other machine has the codec. Thanks a bunch, Apple.

Your choices in the ProRes family are LT or HQ. Of the two, I'd use HQ.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Dave LaRondeWhoops! Bad info!
by on Feb 18, 2011 at 9:14:00 pm

Actually, QT 7.x can only READ ProRes LT or HQ; it can't WRITE to these codecs. Apple reserves that for its Final Cut Suites.... even more reason to snarl in the general direction of Cupertino, California.

Since rendering in ProRes is out entirely for you, I'd suggest going with a lossless codec like Quicktime's Animation or PNG codecs. If this project happens to be in 16 or 32-bit, you could also render a PNG image sequence for delivery; Quicktime on the delivery end can deal with it.

The recipient will have to render no matter what -- no way around that -- but the image quality will remain pristine.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Darby EdelenRe: Best way to render an animation in AE for use if Final Cut Pro with the 422 codec???
by on Feb 19, 2011 at 2:38:51 am

[Dave LaRonde] " To add to Joey's information, only Macs with Final Cut 6 or 7 install on them have access for ProRes 422. No other machine has the codec. Thanks a bunch, Apple."

You can download the read-only version of the codec for Windows (and possibly OS X, it's been a while) from Apple's website.

Also, if you know anyone with the codec component they can send it to you. These go in your Library/QuickTime folder.

Darby Edelen


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Mel KahnRe: Best way to render an animation in AE for use if Final Cut Pro with the 422 codec???
by on Feb 20, 2011 at 1:31:44 am

Hi, and thanks for the info!
If the animation was originally made 720 x 480, (and it has to be 1920 x 1080). would you change the size in AE or leave it and change it in FCP?
Don't know which version (FCP) end up using, but if you wanted an uncompressed file out of AE, what would you use?
Thanks,
MK


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Mel KahnRe: Best way to render an animation in AE for use if Final Cut Pro with the 422 codec???
by on Feb 20, 2011 at 1:27:47 am

Thanks for the info!
If this was originally done 720 x 480, would you leave it that size in AE, and then change it to 1920 x 1080 in FCP, or change it to 1920 x 1080 in AE first?
MK


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