blog bomb – apple prores decoder for windows

Who said that Apple would never open up ProRes 422 to the masses?  That person is now a BIG FAT LIAR.  HA! Apple ProRes Quicktime Decoder for Windows has dropped!

From Apple’s website:

The Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder software allows both Mac and Windows users to play Apple ProRes files through QuickTime. Apple ProRes is a visually lossless format that provides uncompressed HD quality at SD data rates.
It is an excellent choice for mastering and can easily be transcoded to distribution formats like H.264. With new support for playback on both Mac and Windows computers, Apple ProRes can also be used for review and approval of Final Cut Studio sequences.

Download the decoder for Windows and Mac.

And what does this mean?  Wide distribution of Broadcast Quality HD & SD Quicktimes to users everywhere.  No more excuses from engineers saying ProRes is Mac only so use DVCPRO HD instead.  Bleh, I want full raster.  And now you can have it on your pee-cee, too 🙂

proactively • walking around with a bunch of hats for people to eat • peter


4 Responses to “blog bomb – apple prores decoder for windows”

  1. September 2, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I wouldn’t say it’s for the masses just yet as it’s still not as flexible across the board as Avid’s DNxHD which is completely open but hey .. it’s a step in the right direction!

  2. 2 psalvia
    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Hey Scott, thanks for stopping by again.

    What flexibility does DNxHD offer that the ProRes Windows decoder does not?

  3. 3 Hakobus
    October 6, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    “What flexibility does DNxHD offer that the ProRes Windows decoder does not?”

    Well, for one, DNxHD offers the ability to ENCODE in a Windows environment. In addition, it’s open source.

  4. 4 psalvia
    October 6, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Looks to me that you can encode ProRes in a Windows environment once the decoder is installed on your PC…

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