Apple releases ProApps QuickTime Codecs v1.0.4

Apple today released ProApps QuickTime Codecs v1.0.4 which adds the following video codecs for use by QuickTime-based applications:

• Apple Intermediate Codec
• Apple ProRes
• AVC-Intra
• XDCAM HD / EX / HD422
• Uncompressed 4:2:2

This update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4.

More info and link to standalone installer here.


  1. I am not quite sure I understand what does this update bring. As it is written, it adds support for the listed codecs (among which there are Apple Intra, ProRes HDV, DVCPRO HD, etc) for which there was presumably NO support before?? If I recall, all the pro apps (Compressor, Motion, FCP) had full support for all these codecs, so what exactly has changed now?

      1. “their[sic] not good to go the moment they step out of the door.”

        Really? that’s what you’re going with?
        MPEG IMX – introduced 2001 (Sony format)
        DVCPro HD – introduced 2003 (Panasonic format)
        HDV – introduced 2003 (consortium developed)
        AVC Intra – introduced 2007 (Panasonic format)
        ProRes – introduced 2007 (this one is Apple)

        These are some undeveloped codecs. The truth is, no one knows what these updates are about (this sin;t the first of this kind) and all Apple notes is that they are for the iPro version of their video apps. But what about the dozen plus other professional applications that use these codecs? I’d truly appreciate a real answer. Really, what does this do or mean?

    1. Codecs have become extremely complex things, there could be small efficiency improvements, bug fixes or additional capabilities/ support.
      However my best guess is that they are adding/optimizing OpenCL support (given that they just released new hardware) OpenCL is still in the rapid development stage where bugs & performance / efficiency optimizations are constantly being made.

    2. It’s an update to how QuickTime HANDLES these codecs than to the codecs themselves. Probably added more support for GPU handling of these codecs (which THEMSELVES have not changed, just how OS X / QuickTime HANDLES them). Make sense?

    1. Don’t say stupid things unless you don’t mind appearing as such.
      FCP X is the future editing paradigm, and all will follow it (kicking and whining like they are now no doubt, I imagine Adobe and Avid are crapping their pants at the though of nearly total rewrites)

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