I guess I should have said


I guess I should have said codec. DVCProHD, HDV, DV/NTSC…those are codecs, and when you get multiple codecs to work with, post production becomes a nightmare. So that’s where ProRes comes in. Transcode everything to ProRes and you will be working with media that’s all in the same codec.

Also, understand that formats, such as .wmv or .mov, are encoded with a codec. So you could have a DVCProHD .mov, but you could have a DVCProHD .wmv too. You can have a DV/NTSC .mov, but you can have a DV/NTSC .wmv too. And so on, etc, etc,

You pretty much have it right about ProRes. Here are some of the major qualities:

-If you have multiple formats, transcoding everything to ProRes helps streamline post production because you will be working in one codec, ProRes.

-No need to render so much because all media is in the same codec.

-If it’s HD, ProRes is full-raster HD (1920X1080) as opposed to 1440X1080.

-ProRes is a 10-bit codec, so graphics, compositing, and color grading will have better results.

-Final Cut Studio comes with many programs, each designed to target a specific area in post – cutting, sound editing, graphics/effects, color grading, compression, and DVD Authoring.

Now, back to your .wmv, .mov, .avi thing. FCP works best with .mov. So if people are giving you .wmv or .avi, you need to convert them to .mov. I never had to do that before so I don’t know how to go about doing that. I guess if you have a Windows Media Player you can convert to .mov.

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