Apple brings ProRes RAW codec beta to Windows, works with Adobe software

Adobe Premiere on Surface Laptop
Adobe Premiere on Surface Laptop (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Apple released its ProRes RAW codec for Windows in beta this week.
  • The codec adds support for the ProRes RAW format in Adobe beta apps.
  • Adobe Premiere, Premiere Rush, After Effects, and Media Encoder betas are currently compatible.

Apple launched ProRes RAW for Windows in beta this week (via MacObserver). ProRes RAW is a family of codecs that enables the playback of ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ video files. ProRes RAW is also the native file format for Final Cut Pro on Macs.

In its current form, Apple says that the ProRes RAW software is compatible with a limited set of Adobe beta apps. Here's a look at what's included:

  • Adobe After Effects (Beta)
  • Adobe Media Encocder (Beta)
  • Adobe Premiere (Beta)
  • Adobe Premiere Rush (Beta)

ProRes RAW also requires you to be running a 64-bit version of Windows 10.

With the ProRes RAW software installed, editors using Adobe software will be able to work with ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ files. "When you store a clip in the ProRes RAW format rather than in a proprietary camera raw format, you get more control over the processing of the image, including demosaicing, linear-to-log conversions, and custom LUTs," Apple says in a support article for ProRes RAW.

If you want to try it out, you can download the ProRes RAW beta for Windows directly from Apple.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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