Apple has launched ProRes 4444 XQ, which the manufacturer described as the highest-quality version of ProRes, with a data rate “to preserve the detail in highdynamic- range imagery generated by today’s highest-quality digital image sensors”.

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Arri was quick to endorse the codec, which it will support via the next software upgrade for its Alexa cameras.

Arri product manager for camera systems Marc Shipman-Mueller said: “ProRes 4444 330 Mb/s has been the workhorse of professional film-makers using the Alexa. ProRes 4444 XQ has a higher target data rate of 500 Mb/s that makes it the ideal choice for post-production that requires visual effects processing or extreme colour grading.”