Which is Better Codec: H.264 vs ProRes 422
by Tom Balsamides
As a Filmmaker, I have been asked a hundred times which is a better codec, H.264 or ProRes 422. I don’t like to write long articles, maybe that’s the very reason why I prefer video than words (smiles). I just like to get everything straight to the point. If you are like me and have ADHD, then after 1 paragraph I will lose you, so let’s not let that happen.
Now, H.264, it is the most widely used codec on the planet (Ozer, 2011). However as the technology finds its place to a much brighter advancement here comes the ProRes. ProRes has gained in popularity as an intermediate codec (Paul, 2015). To compare both, H.264 is much more compressed than ProRes 422. ProRes 422 is better for editing because you can color correct and add effects without losing quality.
Do we really need to know about all the technical details? NOPE!
So presumably, you used ProRes 422. Once you are done editing with it, then you should now export your video as H.264, so it can be played on the iPhone or YouTube.
The last feature documentary I Produced, Directed, and Edited used this procedure. My video is a documentary about Lyme Disease. Not all people were introduced to this devastating disease. What makes it more tragic and unbelievable was the fact that it is being transmitted easily by a very tiny tick insect.
Go to http://www.atickingtimebomb.com, the documentary is called A Ticking Time Bomb.
Have a heart to help everybody be aware of this outrageous disease.
A portion of proceeds will go to Lyme Disease victims, one way of helping these victims.
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