Compatible YUV CODEC for your High Definition video post production work.

If you have chosen to edit and do your own post production and authoring work on the uncompressed image frame sequences that HomeDVD has produced for you, there may be a need to use a compatible HD video codec.

Normally, if you plan to use Adobe Premiere Pro, CS3, CS4, CSx or MAC Final Cut, the necessary codecs are already part of the application software load. If not, you will have to download a free YUV codec pack from Drastic Technologies. After installation verify that the applicable codecs are actually there on your export window dialogs of your NLE software package.

When the film frame sequences are captured in square pixel 24 bit BMP images (1440 x 1080, 8bpp), they are converted in the Adobe AE environment to AVI YUV 4:2:2 AVI video, in 8bit pixel resolutions (30fps, progressive – non-pulldown state).

If you plan to use SONY Vegas, CyberLink, Pinnacle, Nero Vision or Premiere Pro or Elements for example they may not include a compatible YUV codec. If so, download the Drastic Tech CODEC pack using the link below. Verify this by taking a look at the application’s file import or export properties window once a random video sample has been loaded.

It is highly recommended to edit and do any compositing based video work in the YUV 4:2:2 color space. Export the final video file in Quicktime YUV 8bit 4:2:2. It is far more efficient than staying in the AVI container condition. Only then apply any compression to the finished video files (MP4, MPEG, MKV etc). The Drastic codec supports both 8 bit and 10 bit YUV video forms.

Get your free YUV codec from the Drastic Technologies web site using this link: Drastic Technologies

Please read the preamble of the Drastic page, then scroll down near the bottom of the information page for the download links. For Windows 7 and 8 choose from the ZIP (DTYCrCb Codec Zip Version 3.5 (Aug 2014) SP7) or self extraction (DTYCrCb Codec Self Extracting 3.5 (Aug 2014) SP7) versions. Also read the “Install Text” (Install.txt file from the new installers) file for further installation instructions.

If you are having any hardware conflicts (video capture cards) with this new CODEC pack, download “FourCC Fixes (zip)” from the same download page as the CODECs.

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