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So I stumbled across this company cinemartin and they have this encoder that encodes to Prores on a PC http://www.cinemartin.com/cinec/ also a plugin version for premiere http://www.cinemartin.com/cinec/plin/

 

I never thought this was possible, but I just tried the demo and seems to work as advertised.

 

Do any of you have experience with this, for me Prores encoding was one of the big things that had us hanging on to Macs

 

Anyhow seems to good to be true and can't beleive this showed up under the radar from a company I had never heard of before so wanted to see if anyone out there has actually bought and used the full version or knows more about this.

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I haven't tried that particular plugin or software, but you may want to check this out:

 

Another GUI: http://www.stuudio.ee/anothergui/index.html

 

FF MPEG: https://www.ffmpeg.org/

 

 

Using Another GUI along with FFmpeg can also encode ProRes on a Windows machine, and its free. Thats what we use. You can't export directly out of an application as ProRes, but its really fast.

 

A how-to is here: http://www.authorityfx.com/encoding-videos-in-prores-4444-on-windows/

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Free is definitely good, but honestly I think I might just pay to have the convenience of being able to export direct from the NLE via a plugin rather than having to do multiple steps/rendering to another codec first.

 

Although knowing that it's reliably achievable to export Prores on a PC makes me have a lot more confidence that this plugin could work well.

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I've not had much luck with ffmpeg in the past and I got the impression it's a hack rather than a proper conversion. Someone here will set me straight on that, but I tend to encode to DNxHD and include the mac version of Avid Codecs LE setup .zip in my Wetransfer uploads... not that people love having to install codecs, but DNxHD is sweet. That was a tip from this forum and I've used it for broadcast deliveries ever since.

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Ever had any problems with DNx ? I tried delivering with it for a while as my clients were mostly using Avid at that time, but they reported some odd problems with alpha channels and, if I remember correctly, truncation(!) I think I switched back to Animation codec QT's which always seem solid, albeit massive.

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I've not had much luck with ffmpeg in the past and I got the impression it's a hack rather than a proper conversion. Someone here will set me straight on that, but I tend to encode to DNxHD and include the mac version of Avid Codecs LE setup .zip in my Wetransfer uploads... not that people love having to install codecs, but DNxHD is sweet. That was a tip from this forum and I've used it for broadcast deliveries ever since.

 

 

Is the consensus that DnxHD is just as good as prores?
Most of the broadcasters we deliver too require either prores or DnxHD for delivery.
I looked into some of the other solutions mentioned and as far as I can see the cinemartin plugin is still a big deal, while all the other solutions can convert image sequences the cinemartin plugin seems to be the only solution I have found that can actually render a timeline direct to prores on a PC without the need to create another render file first.

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Is the consensus that DnxHD is just as good as prores?

 

Yep. Its our primary format. We use it like most fcp people use ProRes.

 

The handling of alpha is a little weird. Inverted from anything else. So.. If you have problems with the alpha try inverting it. Also, you have to make sure you are using the correct codec. There is a different codec for each spec and bit depth. 125, 175, 225, etc

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So I stumbled across this company cinemartin and they have this encoder that encodes to Prores on a PC http://www.cinemartin.com/cinec/ also a plugin version for premiere http://www.cinemartin.com/cinec/plin/

 

I never thought this was possible, but I just tried the demo and seems to work as advertised.

 

Do any of you have experience with this, for me Prores encoding was one of the big things that had us hanging on to Macs

 

Anyhow seems to good to be true and can't beleive this showed up under the radar from a company I had never heard of before so wanted to see if anyone out there has actually bought and used the full version or knows more about this.

 

I've been using this for a bit, and the only caveat is that there are color-shifts when transcoding to ProRes from some codecs. Going from Animation->ProRes works like a charm (but is only 8bit I believe), but Cineform->ProRes has a noticeable shift if you side-by-side them, for example.

 

That, and ProRes4444 doesn't support alphas.

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