‘Is Apple ProRes codec for Windows available now?’

Here you can learn how to get ProRes RAW codecs for Windows 10 and on which program you can work those codecs. Besides, a ProRes converter for Windows is also provided to help playback ProRes video files without any ProRes codec downloads. Click to download the converter: https://www.videoconverterfactory.com/download/hd-video-converter-pro.exe https://www.videoconverterfactory.com/download/hd-video-converter-pro.exe
Michelle | Dec 24, 2021

What is ProRes?

ProRes is a family of proprietary codecs developed by Apple for post-production. They are high-quality, lossy compressed intermediate codecs not aimed for end-user viewing, and that makes them very different from codecs like H264 and H265 that are often used as distribution formats. ProRes codecs use intra-frame compression to encode each frame independently and this would result in a large file size but higher quality. On the other hand, since each frame of ProRes video can be decoded with no dependencies on other frames, it requires little computing power to process the video, hence making it perfect for use in editing software.

There are two main branches of Apple ProRes: the Apple ProRes 422 codec family and the Apple ProRes 4444 codec family. In 2018, Apple released ProRes RAW to the family for use in capturing RAW footage in cameras. ProRes codecs are supported only on authorized ProRes products like Final Cut Pro and Abode Premiere Pro. To play ProRes on Windows, the corresponding ProRes codec for Windows is required.

ProRes Converter for Windows

Convert ProRes videos to H.264, H265, MPEG4 and other formats for easy playback on Windows with WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Then, you’re able to play the converted files smoothly. If you can’t find the needed ProRes codec for Windows, this ProRes converter will be a better way to go.

Download Apple ProRes Codec for Windows 10

Unfortunately, there is no ProRes codec for Windows available for now. However, Apple has released ProRes RAW codec for Windows 10 64-bit, and you can play ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ video files in the following compatible applications:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Premiere Rush

You can get the ProRes RAW codec for Windows here https://support.apple.com/kb/dl2033?locale=en_US

How to Play ProRes Videos without ProRes Codecs?

Though Apple has never released ProRes codecs for Windows, it did introduce a ProRes QuickTime Decoder for both Windows and Mac that allows you to play ProRes files through QuickTime. Yet, we highly recommend that you convert ProRes to H264 or H265 to enable ProRes playback on more devices and players. And by converting ProRes to MP4 H264, you can play it on Windows smoothly.

A powerful ProRes converter for Windows like WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can deal with such conversion easily and keep high-quality output at the same time. You can free download free download this converter and see how to convert ProRes for Windows below.

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Step 1. Add ProRes Videos into Converter

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the Converter. Next, import all your ProRes files into the conversion list by clicking the Add Files button or the Add Video Folder button. Alternatively, you can drag your ProRes videos into the program directly.

Tips. This converter supports all ProRes codecs and can batch process files simultaneously.

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Click on the right-side format image to unfold the output format list. Navigate to Video and select a Windows-friendly format below. For example, you can choose H264, MP4 and WMV. After selecting the profile, the program will smart fit the best output settings for your conversion. Yet, you can change the settings yourself in the Parameter settings freely.

Step 3. Convert ProRes for Windows

Click the bottom triangle button to specify an output path or leave it as default. When everything is all set, hit Run to start the conversion. Then you should play the converted files on Windows trouble-free.

Extra: How to Export ProRes on Windows?

Editing software that supports ProRes import usually allows ProRes export. Yet, if you don’t have such a video editor on Windows but want to create ProRes videos, you can use the converter mentioned in the previous part to deal with it handily. The steps are basically the same as in the last tutorial. But note that the ProRes profile is in the Apple device section. You can also freely change the ProRes codec (ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy, ProRes 4444 XQ, and ProRes 4444) in the Parameter settings.

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That’s all we want to share with you about the ProRes codec for Windows and how to play and export ProRes on Windows. Hope you’ll find this article helpful. Thanks for reading!

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