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

Apple ProRes is a video format that’s officially coming to the iPhone 13 Pro series “later this year”. But what exactly does that mean and why might it be a big deal for mobile filmmakers? 

Your first assumption might be that ProRes is all about retaining the maximum amount of detail and dynamic range in footage – it does that, but its most notable purpose is something else. 

Like Apple ProRaw, this is a format made for editing. Video editors might convert captured clips to ProRes (or its rival Avid DNxHD) when importing them into a program like Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro or BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve. Alternatively, you can record straight to ProRes with many cameras, using an outboard recorder.

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But why use ProRes? One reason is that it’s much easier on your computer’s CPU, resulting in a far smoother editing process than you’d see using the H.264 or H.265 formats your camera probably captures natively.

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