What is Apple ProRes? The iPhone 13 Pro Max new video format explained

Last Updated on
September 23rd, 2021


Last updated on : September 23rd, 2021 by S Raange

Apple ProRes is a video format that officially comes "later this year" for the iPhone 13 Pro series. But what does this truly entail, and why could mobile filmmakers have a huge deal?

It is your first assumption that ProRes maintains maximum detail and dynamic range in the images - it does, but its most remarkable purpose is something different.

Interestingly, the first time you have ever shot the format on a smartphone is on your iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max Singapore. Here's what that means, and why some shooters might have an important feature.

What is Apple ProRes?

As part of their Final Cut Pro 6 editing programme, Apple launched ProRes in 2007. The sale was then "produces amazing HD quality in SD file sizes."

This tells us one of its important features. ProRes is a format that is compressed but "visually lossless."

However, ProRes isn't a singular thing. It's a collection of six quality standards from 'ProRes 422 Proxy' sparing space to 'ProRes 4444 XQ' ultra-high quality.

What is Apple ProRes
What is Apple ProRes?

Which one is going to be available on the iPhone 13 Pro, but Apple claims you can shoot it in 4K/30p in format (unless you're using the 128GB, you're going to be painfully constrained to 1080p at 30fps).

The filmmakers choose which of these six formats based on their image quality priorities vs. file size and portability. However, you will also be limited to what it offers if you utilise hardware that natively records ProRes. For example, an external Atomos Ninja V recorder supports ProRes 422 LT, 422 and 422 HQ.

Who is using Apple ProRes?

Anyone who edits video in one of the industry standard suites, for example, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve, probably was considering using ProRes at a minimum.

It's a convenient, high-quality video production format. You think if you have a camera that can shoot raw footage, uncompressed. However, it intimidates with SSD capacity if you deal with high resolution capture and any genuine length.

It's a good idea to use ProRes 10-bit even if your camera also only shoots 8-bit footage. First, your computer handles it better than your camera files, but, although the original images are just 8-bit coloured, you can alter them more colourfully. This results in smoother gradients and less noticeable colour banding.

Why is ProRes a huge deal on the iPhone 13 Pro?

The latter this year, the debut of Apple ProRes on the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max Singapore, will make this video format more popular than ever before.

ProRes may be a common speech among people who always make films, but it could be challenging for someone with a telephone and who wants to start generating amusing, well-produced social media videos, for example.

What about Apple's Raw ProRes?

ProRes Raw, we can't talk about ProRes without mentioning step-up format. This was launched in 2018 and provides video capture compression in ProRes format. This principle is similar: smaller files, substantially less CPU/GPU and in this case more user-friendly than the Cinema DNG alternative format. Others, too, are made to serve their own cameras by camera companies.

ProRes Raw is the format that you can use together with an external recording device for a high-end mirrorless camera or a specialised video camera. Several Atomos recorders support ProRes Raw, notably Ninja V. In ProRes Raw, DJI's Zenmuse X7 drone camera can also record native. And the generated file sizes are equivalent to better quality bands from "non-raw" ProRes.

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