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PC to Mac - What Codec for Quicktime?

Apr 29, 2013 6:43 PM

I am putting some clips together on a PC (Premiere Pro CS5) that will be transferred to a Mac for Final Cut editing.  Question for you Mac Final Cut users...  From Premiere, I can export in Quicktime format as you probably know.  The clips will all be 720p. There are a plethora of codecs to choose from.  Some are probably old garbage that nobody uses.  What is the best codec to use?  I want to maintain very high quality (but not uncompressed) and at the same time want to give the Mac person files with a commonly used high quality codec that won't give Final Cut a fit or create a "fuzzy" final export.  I did a sample export in H264 - 720p.  It looked great, but is that a decent codec to use for editing in Final Cut?  Suggestions appreciated.

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    Apr 29, 2013 9:17 PM   in reply to Chuck A. McIntyre

    H.264 is not the best choice for an Intermediate.  ProRes is the norm, but that's not available to you.  Animation might be your best bet.

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    Apr 30, 2013 1:01 AM   in reply to Chuck A. McIntyre
    commonly used high quality codec

    Avid DNxHD for 720 and 1080 intermediates.


    WARNING: Choose 'RGB Levels' while rendering to DNxHD 4:2:2

    PrPro. DNxHD 422 Settings.jpg

    and '709' while rendering to DNxHD 4:4:4

    PrPro. DNxHD 444 Settings.jpg

    DO NOT interfere with the 'Depth' settings in the Export Settings dialog.

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