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Apple ProRes RAW Comes to Windows

ProRes RAW comes to Windows!

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Image by Apple/Atomos

Apple has just released ProRes RAW on Windows for Premiere Pro and After Effects! Editors must use the latest Adobe Premiere Pro Beta version from the Creative Cloud public beta trial to get access to this new update.

Also, I should note that not everyone has access to the new Adobe Creative Cloud public beta apps. Adobe has been selectively giving access to random users. But don’t worry if you are not able to play back ProRes RAW files in the current Premiere Pro version on Windows even after you install this update.

ProRes RAW Comes to Windows 10

Therefore, you must have access to the Beta versions of the compatible Adobe apps in order to get take advantage of the ProRes Raw update. 

ProRes RAW for Windows 1.0 (beta) is available for the following platforms on machines running Windows 10:

  • After Effects (Beta)
  • Media Encoder (Beta)
  • Premiere Pro (Beta)
  • Premiere Rush (Beta)

With this release editors can enable playback for ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ video files on Windows 10 machines.

Apple ProRes Raw data rates comparison
Image by Apple (taken from ProRes Raw white paper)

What is Apple ProRes RAW?

ProRes RAW is a new format that has been designed to give editors a super-fast way to edit raw video footage. It combines the speed of the already industry-standard ProRes codecs with the flexibility of Raw. Thus giving editors and colourists the benefits of increased performance, quality, and ease of use.

The new ProRes RAW format (available in ProRes RAW or ProRes RAW HQ flavours) seeks to also become an industry-standard eliminating the need for proprietary camera raw formats.

Ideal, for 4K HDR capture and delivery, ProRes Raw has the potential to become the new unified raw format for all. It does this by preserving the fidelity of the recorded image, while speeding up the editing workflow.

Also, compared to conventional non-raw codecs, ProRes RAW offers significant image processing benefits including more control over de-mosaicing, linear-to-log conversions, and custom LUTs. 

This is a huge step forward in the more widespread adoption for ProRes RAW.  Up until recently it was a Final Cut Pro X exclusive, with Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer getting native support last Fall. 

Head over to Apple’s support page to download ProRes RAW for Windows 1.0 (beta).

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