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Robert Withers
H264 vs Other for archiving
on Dec 14, 2018 at 5:47:19 pm

Hi all,
I'm on a list for media archives and libraries and many librarian archivists don't seem to know much about digital codecs(!).
I don't know more than a little (;-)) I archive my projects in ProRes.
One question that comes up when people are trying to make files that are small but have good, recoverable quality . . . are there h265 or h265 codecs that will preserve quality as well as large files like ProRes or DNxHD or other ? Or other good codecs that are small files with recoverable quality?
I know files like ProRes and DNxHD are big to enable frame-accurate editing, but they are often converted from smaller camera files that must be of the highest quality, no? Is there a way to reverse this process?
There are long and thorough answers to this I'm sure but would be grateful for any rules of thumb or top of mind.
I bothers me that I don't know.

Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema, New York City

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