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    Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    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.

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    Re: Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    Hi seventhsamurai,

    Quote Originally Posted by seventhsamurai View Post
    I was wondering if anyone had successfully been able to read ProRes quicktimes in Ubuntu or encode from them.
    It is possible for a 32 bit system to at least play these files by using the svn MPlayer according to this guide:

    Howto: Build the svn MPlayer under the latest release version of Ubuntu
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1542240

    and then manually adding the following codec to the codecs installed with w32codecs:

    http://samples.mplayerhq.hu/drivers3...ResDecoder.qtx

    All the best,

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    Re: Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    Thanks andrew. I installed the player. I cannot figure out how to add the codec manually. Can you please help? Thanks.

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    Re: Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    Hi seventhsmurai,

    I will admit that I did not spell that out in great detail as your post was unanswered for a couple of months and I did not know if you would receive this answer .

    As long as you have installed the latest svn MPlayer according to the guide I linked to, and you are running a 32 bit installation, the following single command should place the required codec in the correct location:

    Code:
    sudo wget \
         'http://samples.mplayerhq.hu/drivers32/new/AppleProResDecoder.qtx' \
         -O /usr/lib/codecs/AppleProResDecoder.qtx
    I attach a screenshot of SMPlayer playing a sample Apple ProRes file.

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    Re: Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    I did as you asked, hoping against hope that it would work, because I am running a 64bit installation.

    So I guess there is no way to really get this to work in a 64 bit system huh?

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    Re: Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    Hi seventhsamurai,

    Quote Originally Posted by seventhsamurai View Post
    I did as you asked, hoping against hope that it would work, because I am running a 64bit installation.

    So I guess there is no way to really get this to work in a 64 bit system huh?
    Unfortunately at the moment access to this codec only comes with the 32 bit MPlayer. Having said that I believe it is possible to compile the 32 bit MPlayer on a 64 bit system and thus use AppleProResDecoder.qtx but I have had no experience with this. Hopefully others can guide on this one?

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    Re: Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    compile the 32 bit MPlayer on a 64 bit system
    pretty simple, see here (could be refined but does work
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9338517

    Edit:
    you might be able to install a pre-built 32 bit mplayer, though probably better to build
    Last edited by mc4man; September 12th, 2010 at 03:46 PM.

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    Re: Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    And the definitive test of the 32 bit MPlayer is as follows:

    Code:
    andrew@skamandros~$ mplayer -vc help | grep -i appleprores
    
    qtprores    qtvideo   working   Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) decoder  [AppleProResDecoder.qtx]
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    Re: Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    Hello -- jumping in to this helpful thread; I had been looking for the same thing.

    I installed mplayer (and gnome mplayer since the gui stuff helps this linux newbie). I did this from the repository since it is now 2011 and I hoped that would work by now; simpler.

    Then I got the codec, put it in /usr/lib/codecs/ and ran your "definitive test" :

    Code:
    xxx@xxxxx:~$ mplayer -vc help | grep -i appleprores
    
    qtprores    qtvideo   working   Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) decoder  [AppleProResDecoder.qtx]
    But...

    when I try to open a quicktime file encoded in Apple Prores 422 (HQ) I get the following error:
    "failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so: cannot open shared object file: no such file or directory" and I get no video.

    I've tried changing the video output settings but all that does is remove the error message - still no video.

    I can't find that in my synaptic package manager search.... not sure what I am missing or where to get it, and I am not sure if not having a nvidia display card is relevant or not (I am on an Acer 1410 netbook with an integrated Intel card but I think that doesn't matter).

    I had figured I just could not ever view my ProRes footage on my netbook at all in Ubuntu -- it would be great if I could! (Now if I could just run FCP in Maverick also, I'd be all set...)

    Edited to add update: according to several sources, I need to use vaapi not vdpau since I have an intel graphics chip. I will keep researching this...
    Last edited by carbon512; March 24th, 2011 at 08:52 PM.

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    Re: Apple ProRes Codec Support in Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by carbon512 View Post
    when I try to open a quicktime file encoded in Apple Prores 422 (HQ) I get the following error:

    Code:
    failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so: cannot open shared object file: no such file or directory
    and I get no video.
    Could you run your test file from the commandline in the following manner:
    Code:
    mplayer -v my_file
    with the obvious substitution of the actual filename for my_file and post the command and terminal output here? This should give a few hints as to what is going on here.
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