Tip #1096: Select the Right Proxy Format

… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #1096: Select the Right Proxy Format

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

For most projects, choose ProRes; though use H.264 where file size is critical.

Ingest options for Media Browser, indicating the default proxy options.

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Premiere continues to improve its proxy workflow, most recently by adopting the ProRes family of codecs across all apps, both Windows and Mac. When it comes to creating proxies, we can now choose between four different codecs:

  • H.264
  • ProRes
  • CineForm
  • DNxHR VR

If you want the smallest possible proxy file size, H.264 is the choice. However, this is not an efficient format to edit, especially on older computers.

My personal preference is ProRes, though CineForm is an excellent alternative.

The DNx options are specifically for 360° VR video, either monoscopic or stereo.

NOTE: Resolution refers to the frame size of the proxy file: full resolution, half resolution or quarter resolution. For most projects and rough cuts, half resolution is the best balance between file size and image quality.


UHD Proxies, in case you were wondering, use ProRes Proxy at 1/4 resolution, which makes the files efficient to edit, but small in size at 960×540.

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