A while I back I posted a round-up of various footage calculators around the Internet. The one from Digital Rebellion had the most supported codecs but was lacking some new ones like ProRes Proxy and ProRes 4444. Well Digital Rebellion has updated the Footage Calculator with … well, pretty much all of them.
This latest update to the Digital Rebellion Footage Calculator added support for all of the new Apple ProRes codecs. That was a given. But they also added more TIFF sequence formats as well as REDCODE codces at 2K, 4K and bit rates of 28 and 36. Also of interest is the inclusion of some Cineform codecs as well. As is explained on the site, variable bitrate codecs (like Cineform) “adjust the data rate based on the source footage so the file sizes listed are a result of the maximum or target data rates. Actual data sizes will be 5-10% lower for VBR codecs.” Even so the inclusion of the Cineform codec can at least give you an idea of what kind of storage you may need.
Another handy feature is the link to this calculation link that does just that, links to the calculation that you have made. This link goes to the crazy 999 hour calculation I used in the image above. I use this feature quite a bit when a client asks for advice on what size hard drive to buy for a particular shoot. And if course there’s the mobile version as well (but it works in a desktop browser too) so set your iPhone links accordingly.
One question I asked the utilities creator Jon Chappell was what the included H.264 codec meant in relation to the Canon 5D and 7D cameras. H.264 files could vary in size depending on bit rate. He said that he would research that question so expect another update at some point in the future. I think the camera’s bit rates are relatively constant so it should be possible to add a heading for 5D, 7D, 1D, pretty much any of these video DSLRs.
Below I’ve included a couple of loooooong images with all of the currently supported codecs. Can you think of any that is missing that you might need? If so then comment below and I bet that the wizards of Digital Rebellion will add them too.
**UPDATE** Just as this was going to print Jon added the Canon 5D and 7D support for their particular H.264 bit rates:
How’s that for service?