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Customer is encoding a video for WATCHOUT. Playback will be solely one 1920x1080@29.97p file, which, even with ProRes codec, should be well within the capabilities of the Show Sage Show*Server used for playback. Customer's question: The encoding tools available offer ProRes Proxy, ProRes LT,  ProRes Standard, and ProRes HD - which would be the best choice for WATCHOUT encoding?

Can anyone assist with answering this?

Note: the customer does not have the server in his possession yet, the movie is being prepared for pre-sale testing in Show Sage's shop.

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Proxy is lowest quality, really intended for preview purposes only. LT is better, Standard even better, and HD best quality (of the 4:2:2 formats, that is).

For editing, you should really use the highest quality, but for playback purposes Standard should be good enough in almost all cases. I doubt there are many people that would be able to spot a difference between Standard and HD in a playback blind test, given that the videos are encoded using the same encoder, and that the screens are identical. 

 

/Erik 

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