We have known for a while that Apple is moving its operating system to support only 64-bit applications. But, a little-known aspect to this that affects filmmakers are that 32-bit media codecs will also stop working.
Not today, but “soon.” Which means that if you have media stored in one of these legacy codecs, you need to think about converting it into something more current.
Earlier this week, Adobe formally announced that it “will no longer support legacy QuickTime 7 era formats and codecs starting from the following product versions:
Affected codecs include:
Read the complete statement from Adobe here.
In my conversations with the Premiere team at Adobe, I learned that converting older files into Apple ProRes 422 (on the Mac) and/or GoPro Cineform (on Windows) would be excellent codecs that protect your assets into the future. While no codec lasts forever, ProRes and Cineform are already 64-bit and actively supported by Apple, GoPro and other developers.
Adobe continues: “Professional codecs typically found in QuickTime movie files, such as ProRes, DNxHD, and Animation, are not affected by this change.”
Keep in mind, it is MUCH easier to convert older codecs now – while the operating system and applications support them, than to wait.
I have contacted Apple to see if other codecs are affected or if their current software will continue to support QuickTime 7 codecs. If I learn more, I’ll update this article.
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