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  • best format for final cut pro

    Posted by Dan Crouch on March 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I am about to cut a trailer for a movie. The film is on HDSR. I need to have that transferred to a Quick time to import into final cut pro. Can anyone please tell me the best one? Is it just ‘quicktime’ or would a prores
    4444 be better?

    Thankyou in advance.

    Jeff Greenberg replied 13 years, 1 month ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Chris Tompkins

    March 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I would have it transferred to ProRes HQ.

    Chris Tompkins
    Video Atlanta LLC

  • Jeff Greenberg

    March 30, 2011 at 11:05 am


    QuickTime is just an architecture – you’re right that you ought to use ProRes. The question will be, which ProRes is best is about two things:
    The speed of your drives/system and the quality of your source footage.

    The ‘cleanest’ ProRes is 4444 – but it requires pretty fast drives- it’s about 330mb/s
    If you use ProRes HQ, it’s about 220 (full uncompressed HD is about 880) – and it’s a decent trade off between quality and playability. You won’t be able to see the compression here.

    If I was working feature length, I’d capture at ProRes Proxy (35mbs), edit and then do an online at ProRes 4444.

    TL;DR – Probably ProRes HQ is good enough without stressing your system.


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