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  1. Member
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    Requirement:
    What HandBrakeCLI settings should I use to convert Apple Pro Res 422 format MOV files to a lossless format and use as input files for editing under Windows. Perhaps an AVI file. I have tried ffmpeg but this tool seems to be a non-starter.

    Background:
    I have had some old 8mm (silent) home movies converted to Apple Pro Res 422 format (MOV files). I use VideoStudio 2018 but these are not supported. I used ffmpeg under Ubuntu to convert them to MP4 but they were faded and washed out. I did the same with Handbrake and they played fine in VideoStudio. However, I would like to use an intermediary lossless format with VideoStudio as the input file and then edit and render as an MP4 file. Every conversion I have tried so far has resulted in a file size of between 2 and 10% (MOV file is 5.2GB converted AVI was 85MB to 300MB), so I am concerned that there is some quality loss. I accept that this will happen when I produce final MP4 files or whatever other output format I choose to use, but I would like the source files to be of higher quality like the Pro Res 422 MOV file.
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    Install the lossless HuffYUV codec and then transcode your files with FFmpeg.
    Code:
    ffmpeg -i my_input.mov -c:v huffyuv -pred 2 my_output.avi
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    Thanks for that. It worked and VideoStudio could play the video in the project timeline, but not as a clip. I can live with that. The 5.4GB MOV became an 11.4GB AVI. Cheers.
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