I did not find news on the topic on this forum, so here: in 2015 GoPro's CineForm codec became an industry standard: ST 2073 VC-5 (SMPTE), the new open standard for video acquisition and post production. In the press release from the SMPTE, David Newman, senior director of software engineering for GoPro, said this about the standardization:
In a 2018 support note Apple informed that it would stop supporting legacy formats like:Originally Posted by David Newman
That vague note was later updated, and the latest 2022 amendment lists "formats compatible with macOS Catalina or later" as well as "media formats affected by the transition to 64-bit technology". Contrary to popular belief of some members of this forum that DV is dead, all variants of DV made the staying alive list as well as variations of H.262, H.264 and H.265. AVI, MOV, MP4, MTS/M2TS containers are still to be supported. Full list of the formats is on that Apple's page. Should I save it in case they modify it again?Originally Posted by Apple
On another hand, popular intermediate formats like Cineform and DNxHD / DNxHR are "affected". This is unfortunate, because I have always liked Cineform and made it my in-house standard as a preservation and intermediate format.
On Windows the situation is slightly better. I can use VDub2 to open my old Cineform files and to create new ones. I cannot render to MPEG-2 from VDub2, but I can render to DVCPRO50
GoPro outsourced Cineform in 2017 and effectively stopped supporting it. There is no official way to obtain just driver/codec from GoPro anymore. It was provided as part of GoPro Cineform Studio, but this product is discontinued. The most recent product, GoPro Quik, is said to not include the codec, but it seems like it does - after I installed Quik I am able to open Cineform files in Vegas. Another possibility to use Cineform codec on Windows is, reportedly, to install renderVFW.exe:
It appears that VLC supports Cineform natively.Originally Posted by TouchDesigner
I guess, Cineform debacle was no big deal for some members of the forum, who claimed that they never used Cineform, which "was a stop-gap format for HD shot video 10+ years ago. DNxHD and ProRes, or H.264/AVCHD, own that space now." Well, DNxHD is also on the chopping block on Mac.
My woes are nothing compared to the troubles of professionals, who found out that Premiere on M1 iMac doesn't have GoPro Cineform Codec:
Originally Posted by BaileySome links below. I have not checked them! Just collected during a search for Cineform driver/codec. Use on your own risk.Originally Posted by ProjectileObjects
- Cineform source code repository (github)
- GoPro CineForm Studio Premium 1.1 (informer.com, Mac)
- GoPro CineForm Studio Premium 1.3 (informer.com, Windows)
- renderVFW.exe (gopro.com, Windows)
- CineForm HD CODEC 3.2 (informer.com)
- CineForm NeoScene 5.6 (informer.com)
- GoPro-CineForm Decoder (softpedia.com)
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