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Is there a way to encode/decode prores mov files (mostly decode)? I've been playing around with ffmpeg and mencoder/mplayer from the ubuntu repos, but they both report that it's an unknown codec. Totem as well.

I guess it comes down to getting the right codecs in place. Maybe compiling from source?

I have seen a few comments on the internet about getting mplayer/mencoder working with prores files in OS X, but I'm hoping there is a way to do this in Ubuntu.

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The short answer is unfortunately "no". There are patches floating around that enable Qt binary codec loading in MPlayer / mencoder, but they seem to be Mac-only.

ffmpeg supports DNxHD on Linux, which is a ProRes alternative that you may want to look into as an intermediate codec.

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This is unfortunate. Hopefully progress will be made in this are. Though I would imagine it's not easy to work with proprietary codecs. –  greggory.hz Oct 21 '10 at 5:52

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