Exactly what do you intend to do with the ProRes footage? Are you intending to export your work from After Effects in ProRes format for work in an NLE?
You aren't thinking that you need to traqnscode your DSLR footage into ProRes just to work with it in After Effects, are you?
Yes, I am transcoding to work in AE CS6. Is that silly? Will the native Canon 5D h264 run smoothly in AE? After I do my work with the footage, I will be exporting to another artist who will be implementing afterwards in FCP7. So what do you suggest?
Many thanks, Todd_Kopriva!
If you have AE 11.0.2 (the latest update to CS6), native h.264 footage should work in After Effects without issue.
Many thanks, folks! Onwards!
ProRez 444 will support alpha channels, ProRez 422 HQ will not. Both are 10 bit. If you are doing some serious color correcting or doing some keying you'll have better results transcoding with something like Magic Bullet to ProREZ and working at higher bit depth. If your workflow does not involve serious pixel crunching then the difference between using camera original and transcoded footage is negligable.
If you are rendering your AE projects for further processing or use in an NLE DO NOT render to h.264 or other compressed codecs. Rendering to a delivery format like h.264, mpeg, or any other highly compressed lossy codec from a NLE or a compositing program like AE or Motion for anything but final delivery is a huge production faux pas that most hobbyists and many semi pro's do all the time. Don't put yourself in that crowd.
FYI, since most of my DSLR footage is combined with footage from Pro Cameras I use MB Grinder or BulletProof to transcode to ProRez 422 HQ for all the footage and I archive the camera original in case I need it later. In the long run this ends up being a time saver because of the metadata and timecode that I can add to the footage. If you're doing a lot of this I suggest that you also look at Magic Bullet Bullet Proof as a useful tool for managing your footage.