Apple ProRes April 2017 Update

As much as I love Cineform there is no denying the ubiquity of ProRes and to be fair I don't dislike ProRes. It's a great format. I just find it overrated and hate that Apple fully controls it. Still no official support for encoding ProRes on windows but I digress.

This month Apple updated their codec and the white paper that tells you all about it. This is a few notable changes but rather than retype them myself I leave you with the quote below:

A variety of cameras can now capture and record a wider gamut of color values when working in log or raw formats. You can preserve this wider color gamut by recording with the ProRes LOG setting on certain cameras such as the ARRI ALEXA or transcoding from the RED® camera’s REDCODE® RAW format. Final Cut Pro 10.3 or later can process color in wide color gamut and output Apple ProRes files in the Rec. 2020, DCI-P3, or D65-P3 color space. This results in deeper colors and more detail, with richer red and green areas of the image.
With Final Cut Pro 10.3 or later, you can also export Apple ProRes files inside an MXF metadata wrapper instead of exporting .mov files. This makes the exported video file compatible with a wide range of playback systems that rely on the MXF standard for broadcast and archiving.

You should read the full PDF if you want all the tech details but I extracted this data rate table from page 22 for your convenience.

Changes to the Target Data Rates table have aslo been made. 5120 x 2160 has been replaced by 5120 x 2700, 6K and 8K. Here is a table showing both 5K resolutions and the new rows for 6K and 8K.

Changes to the Target Data Rates table have aslo been made. 5120 x 2160 has been replaced by 5120 x 2700, 6K and 8K. Here is a table showing both 5K resolutions and the new rows for 6K and 8K.

It's nice to see that Apple still supporting their codec. We all know they've been absent in the professional world for a while but couple this with their recent announcement of redoing the Mac Pro and Apple might be considering a comeback. Not sure if they can manage that but it would be exciting at the very least.