I do a lot of video encoding as part of my work and have been using Ubuntu extensively for my needs. I have found a simple, open source encoder like Handbrake to give far superior results than other encoders costing several hundred dollars. With MPEG-4 and x264 universally accepted as the best distribution codec for video, Handbrake is godsent. It reads everything, well, almost.
Handbrake does not read mov files with the Apple ProRes codec and after doing some google searches, I haven't found anyone who has been able to really rig any support for it in Ubuntu.
I was wondering if anyone had successfully been able to read ProRes quicktimes in Ubuntu or encode from them.
My current fix is to run the ProRes quicktimes through Sorenson Squeeze on a Windows machine and encode with a lossless codec without further compression, then take it to Handbrake and encode to MP4. Obviously this takes double the amount of time.
With almost all codecs being supported in Linux, I wonder why one of the most popular codecs today is left out.