The Apple ProRes codec family provides an unparalleled combination of real-time, multistream editing performance, and impressive image quality preservation. Apple ProRes RAW is based on the same principles and underlying technology as existing Apple ProRes codecs.
ProRes RAW is ideal for high dynamic range (HDR) content creation in Final Cut Pro X. With ProRes RAW, you can import, edit, and grade video with RAW data straight from your camera sensor — without slowing down your edit. ProRes RAW also provides maximum flexibility for adjusting the look of your video while extending brightness and shadows.
With ProRes RAW, you can render and export faster than with other raw formats—ProRes RAW is optimized for macOS and the latest Mac computers. And, because ProRes RAW files are smaller than standard formats, you can fit more footage on every card. And, because ProRes RAW preserves raw image data with excellent fidelity, it's ideal for shooting and editing High Dynamic Range (HDR) material.
You can choose between two ProRes RAW compression levels: ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ. Both compression levels achieve excellent preservation of raw video content, with Apple ProRes RAW HQ providing additional quality at a higher data rate. ProRes RAW data rates can vary significantly based on image content, because the codec is designed to maintain constant quality and pristine image fidelity for all frames.
Raw video playback requires decoding the video bit stream and converting the decoded raw image. Final Cut Pro streamlines and optimizes this conversion process for Apple ProRes RAW files. When you use ProRes RAW with Final Cut Pro, you get the same real-time, multistream video editing performance you experience with Apple ProRes RAW as you do with standard media.
- ProRes RAW white paper (PDF)
- Final Cut Pro X ecosystem resources
- Working with Wide Color Gamut and High Dynamic Range in Final Cut Pro X white paper (PDF)