The editing software landscape has gone through a dramatic overhaul in recent years. When Apple released Final Cut Pro X many long-time users of the software were left disappointed by how restricting it had become, running similarly to iMovie. This led to a move to editing software such as Adobe's Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. Apple users will be happy to know that you can use Apple ProRes 422 files with Premiere Pro and export files in this format as well.
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What is Apple ProRes 422
Apple ProRes 422 is a version of the Apple ProRes codec. ProRes refers to the video compression format designed by Apple. It supports up to 4k resolution files for export. The 422 element is a type of Chroma subsampling. Chroma subsampling is a way to encode images by using less resolution for chroma aspects of image data whilst retaining the resolution of the luma image data. The "4" represents the luma and the "2s" represent the chroma.
Adobe Premiere Pro is an editing software created by Adobe Systems. The software was first released in 2003 as the successor to Adobe Premiere. Since its inception, Premiere Pro has been through six updates, the most recent being CS6. In 2013 they introduced Creative Cloud, subscription-based software that users pay for each monthly. You can subscribe to Premiere Pro as part of the full Creative Cloud package or as a standalone product.
Importing ProRes 422 to Premiere Pro
After opening the Premiere Pro software, start a new project and follow the directions provided. You will be asked to choose the settings for your timeline. At this point, you can choose between different resolution settings and frame rates, depending on the file you want to work with. If you are unsure of the settings, press "OK" and wait for the page to load. Click "File" followed by "Import," and then select your file to bring it into the projects dock. From here, double-click the file and set the in and out points using the "I" key for in and the "O" key for out. Drag the file onto the timeline and drop it there. Premiere Pro will let you know if the file does not match the timeline's settings and will ask you if you would like to change the timeline to match the clip. Click "Yes" and you can start editing.
Exporting ProRes 422 from Premiere Pro
Once you have finished your edit, save and export your file. This will bring up a page of options from which you can choose your export settings. In the top drop-down list you will be able to select "Apple ProRes 422." Make sure the other settings match your needs and click "Export." Depending on the size of your project and the power of your computer, this could take between five minutes and a few hours.
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