I am using CS6 and have a request from the special effects person for my project asking for the proejct to be rendered to Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) which seems to be an editing format. I have offered an .xml as an option and he only wants the Apple Pro Res 422 (HQ). Can anyone offer any info as to whether I can render my project to Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) using Premiere CS6
ProRes will be under Quicktime - not in the main list itself. Once selected, ignore the second option (right under quicktime) then look further down for the Codec section and choose ProRes HQ in there.
Of course this assumes two things:
1) You're on a Mac
2) You have the Codecs installed.
If you had FCP7 prior to this (and it's still installed) then you will have them already. If not, the cheapest way to get them is to install Compressor via the App store (which costs money).
ProRes codecs are only available as read only (you can read but not encode) on Windows. So, you won't have that option in Premiere Pro or any other program on Windows.
Ask him for an alternative, such as DNxHD (which is available on both Mac & Windows and is free).
You could try the free and lossless UT codec. It's available for both Macs and Windows. Your SP/FX guy will need to install it as well, but hey, it's free. And it works well with the Adobe suite. Plus it has the added advantage over ProRes in that's it's a lossless codec, so there will be no degradation at all.
There are MANY other options besides ProRes when it comes to high quality editing. You could use Lagarith, Cineform, UT or DNxHD.
To address your other question no on a PC you cannot create to the ProRes format you can only edit ProRes files on a pc. Unless you use this Hack which I haven't personally tested myself. Here is a link to how to do it, I have been told this hack works for Premiere to although I haven't tried it myself as I have already mentioned.
Honestly though I'd just use another format...