I was involved with a VR project that had a 4K clip that could not be opened or played in any professional app I tried. I tried transcoding it, but alas the usual transcode tools decoded as a green corrupt frame. So I started looking at any transcode application I could find with a Google search. I found “WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe” (for OS X and Win). Lo and behold it opened and played back the file with no issues. More interestingly though was the fact that I was on a Windows system and the software exported several flavors or ProRes. All this for US$35.
There seems to be a rule that consumer applications have lots of words in their product name, and the UI has that nice consumer look. But all that aside, the ability to easily create ProRes at a basement bargain price outweighed any of the consumer approach to the application.
Choose an Output Profile in its ProRes Final Cut Pro section:
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The exported file seen in Media Info:
It’s not the fastest encoder/transcoder and I have not really done a whole lot of quality comparisons of the same file being transcoded on a Mac, but at the very least creating a ProRes file of a work in a process to send your Mac based clients is easier to do at a great price.
Note that many of these types of applications may be creating ProRes without a proper Apple license.