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Encode and Decode Video to ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 on Mac

Postby bigasoft » Thu May 02, 2013 10:07 am

Bigasoft Corporation keeps pace with the latest high-tech developments and makes a great progress in encoding and decoding ProRes 4444 and 422 field. Even if much software supports ProRes 4444 and 422 now, Bigasoft software is one of the few companies that pays more attention to Apple ProRes 4444 as soon as Apple ProRes 4444 is released and is the first makes great breakthrough in encoding and decoding ProRes 4444 and 422 field.

Encode and Decode ProRes 4444 and 422 on Mac and PC

Apple ProRes 4444

Apple ProRes 4444 is a common video encoding format used for broadcast. It is a video compression format introduced by Apple and is introduced with Final Cut Studio (2009). The Apple ProRes 4444 codec offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and for workflows involving alpha channels. It also includes the following features.

4K, 2K, HD (up to 1920x1080), & SD resolutions
4:4:4 chroma subsampling
Mathematically lossless alpha channel (up to 16 bits) with real-time playback
A remarkably low data rate compared to uncompressed 4:4:4 HD (the target data rate is approximately 330 Mbps for 4:4:4 sources at 1920 x 1080 and 29.97 fps)
Direct encoding of, and decoding to, both RGB and Y'CbCr pixel formats

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Compared to the other Apple ProRes codecs like Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 4444 codec shares many features with other codecs of Apple's ProRes family but provides better quality than its predecessors, particularly in the area of color, so it is quite popular among people.

Apple ProRes 422

As the predecessor Apple ProRes codec, Apple Prores 422 is a DCT based intra-frame-only codec and is therefore simpler to decode than distribution oriented formats like H.264. The Apple ProRes 422 codec features the following functions.

Target data rate of approximately 145 Mbps (1920 x 1080 at 60i)
Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT)

Other Apple ProRes codecs

There are other Apple ProRes codecs proceeding before Apple ProRes 4444 like Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) featured high functions.

Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)

Offer the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources (without an alpha channel)
Target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps (1920 x 1080 at 60i)
Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422
Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT)

Apple ProRes 422 (LT)

Roughly 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (thus, smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422)
Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)

Intended for use in offline workflows.
Roughly 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422
High-quality offline editing at the original frame size, frame rate, and aspect ratio
High-quality edits proxy for Final Cut Server

Bigasoft Prores 4444 and 422 Converter

Total Video Converter is specially added the function to encode and decode ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 on Mac and Windows for people to freely enjoy ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 Proxy, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422, and ProRes 422 HQ on Mac and PC. Total Video Converter can convert video to ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 with both standard video quality and HD video quality. Bigasoft makes a lot of studies and comparisons to better support ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422.

Source Video Quality Screenshot

To get the relevant info on the picture, click "Windows" in QuickTime and click "Show Movie Inspector".
Encode and Decode to ProRes 4444 and 422

Input: H.264 HD Video
Duration: 00:02:40
Codec: H.264
Resolution: 1920x800

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Encode and Decode to ProRes 4444 and 422

Output: Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)

Duration: 00:02:40
Codec: prores
Resolution: 640x 480

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HD Video Quality Screenshot After Conversion

Output: Apple ProRes 4444

Duration: 00:02:40
Codec: prores
Resolution: 1920x1280

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Bigasoft Total Video Converter can convert videos to normal Apple ProRes 422 and can encode and decode videos to Apple ProRes 44444 without any quality loss. It is also featured other advanced conversion functions and surely meet your demand to encode and decode ProRes 4444 and 422 on Mac and PC. To get ProRes 422 (Proxy), ProRes 422 (LT), and ProRes 422 (HQ) on Mac and PC, you can press "Setting..." button and go to the "Advanced" Window, set "LT"" Proxy" and "HQ" in "Profile".

With Bigasoft Apple ProRes 4444 Converter, it is so easy to encode and decode ProRes 4444 videos and ProRes 422 videos for enjoying various ProRes codecs videos on Mac. Free download the video converter to start enjoying super high-quality videos or movies now.

Resources

The following is a list of Bigasoft Converters support converting videos to ProRes 4444.

Total Video Converter
Total Video Converter for Mac
ProRes Converter
ProRes Converter for Mac

For more information about how to encode and decode video to ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 on Mac and PC, please visit: http://www.bigasoft.com/articles/convert-video-to-prores-4444-and-422.html

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