ProRes 4444 is another lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post production. It was introduced with Final Cut Studio (2009) as another in the company’s line of intermediate codecs for editing material but not for final delivery. It shares many features with other codecs of Apple’s ProRes family but provides better quality than its predecessors, particularly in the area of color.
Apple ProRes 4444 Key features:
- 5K, 4K, 2K, HD (up to 1920×1080), & SD resolutions
- 4:4:4 chroma subsampling
- Up to 12-bit sample depth
- Variable bitrate encoding
- Alpha channel support
AVCHD is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video. Developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic, the format was introduced for use in high definition consumer camcorders. AVCHD footage is usually saved in MTS or M2TS container format, which are widely used by Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Canon camcorders.
How to convert AVCHD to ProRes 4444 codec on Mac? If you have camera or camcorder that records AVCHD format, you may have the need to convert AVCHD to Apple ProRes codec like Apple ProRes 422 or ProRes 4444 for FCP X/7/6 editing, because Apple ProRes codec is the best native codec for Final Cut Pro X/7/6, you can import AVCHD to FCP X/7/6 without rendering after you transcode AVCHD to Apple ProRes codec. UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac can be used as a Mac AVCHD to Apple ProRes 4444 Converter to deals with AVCHD footage and exports HD contents encoded in Apple ProRes family (ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 Proxy, ProRes 4444) for editing and playing back in Final Cut Pro on Mac.
Step 1. Load AVCHD videos to UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac.
Run UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac as the perfect Mac AVCHD to FCP ProRes Converter, and click the “Add” button to load the AVCHD (*.mts, *.m2ts) videos from Sony, Canon, Panasonic and JVC AVCHD Camcorders.
Step 2.Choose MOV with Apple ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro.
Click the “Format” option, and move mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov) as output format. To get 1080p videos, we need to click the “Settings” button and choose 1920*1080 as output video size.
Step 3. Convert AVCHD videos to ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac AVCHD to FCP ProRes 4444 Converter will start transcoding AVCHD MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes 4444 for FCP on Mac conversion immediately.
After the conversion is finished, just run FCP X/7/6 and import the Apple ProRes 4444 MOV file in 1920*1080 size for creating a new movie and film, then you can upload the video to MySpace to share with your friends.