For quite some time one of the holy grails of multi-platform support has been the ability of encoding ProRes codecs on Windows. Or the lack thereof. True, there were makeshift solutions based on ffmpeg encoder that required either a knowledge of command line scripting or the use of other open source applications like AnotherGUI. But it was hardly a “plug and play” solution, and you really had to nail the settings right not to get burned about missing timecode, gamma shift, and other problems. And you could only do this for the finished file or attempt to use a hack that served frames to the encoder.
There were some people swearing for the Cinemartin’s Cinec but it also had the same drawbacks of encoding finished files only, while at the same time being a bit pricey. True, much more user friendly and less prone to user error, but still not there. And let’s be honest – between Adobe Media Encoder, MPEG Streamclip, and Handbrake, do you need another encoder? Most likely you don’t.
Enter Miraizon with their DNxHD and ProRes Codec Components which promise the ability to encode ProRes files via standard QuickTime encoder, meaning that you are able to select ProRes as the output codec from any application that encodes QuickTime. Like Premiere Pro, After Effects, or Media Encoder. When I first saw it, I thought: wow, somebody has just made himself a million bucks. And judging by the waiting time for processing order the first day this product was announced, I might be off on the lower end.
Granted, I have not been able to test it myself yet, having some time ago moved to an OS X platform, but a few of my friends are saying, that Adobe toolset seems to work without a glitch with this product. There are issues with Resolve, but supposedly they are going to be fixed pretty soon.
When that happens, the true multi-platform interoperability becomes the reality. I want to congratulate Miraizon on their product, hope that they stay in business, do not get axed by Apple’s licensing claims, and everyone will be finally able to encode ProRes happily everafter.