Category Archives: 2014 March

Converting ProRes to MPEG 4 with Handbrake

When you order an editable file from Alive Studios, we will send you a Quicktime ProRes file.

We choose this file type because it is excellent quality, contains a huge amount of data for editing, and has relatively reasonable file sizes.

If you choose editing software that doesn’t directly import .mov files, then you will need to convert the file. A common file type supported by many editing programs is MPEG 4.

In this video, Steven shows you how easy it is to convert your ProRes file to MPEG 4 using a free program called Handbrake.

Download Handbrake for Mac or Windows PC

Editing ProRes video in Movie Maker

“If I order a ProRes version of my transfer, will it work in Movie Maker?”
Answer: yes (if you follow this simple guide) If you order an editable version of your film from Alive Studios, we will give you Quicktime ProRes files. (.mov)

These might play automatically on your Windows PC, or not, depending on what movie player/codec you have installed. If they don’t just play, then downloading this codec will fix that. But the main reason for this support page is to help you get the ProRes files to work in Windows Movie Maker. Movie Maker is a free editing program for Windows, and it needs a little help to import some file types.

Download Movie Maker for Windows PC
Download K-light codec pack for Windows PC