Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2013 12:02 PM (in response to bengoodger)
If you are editing HD material in FCE, your only option is AIC as ProRes is not supported.
If you wish to edit ProRes material your options are FCP 6/7 or Premiere Pro.
FCP7 and the FCS Suites have been discontinued but people have had luck finding previously owned versions on ebay or craigslist - though often for more than the original price.
Premiere Pro CS5.5 and 6 seem to work with ProRes material as long as you have the codecs installed.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2013 3:17 PM (in response to bengoodger)
FCE has never supported ProRes.
In addition to suggestions already made by StudioX, Final Cut Pro X supports ProRes.
Some of the difference in quality between your source material vs. ProRes vs AIC depends on what your source material is, and what ProRes version you are using. What camcorder are you using, what settings did you use when you shot your video, what was the original codec, which type of ProRes are you using?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2013 3:47 PM (in response to MartinR)
Not sure on specs but its raw footage from an Arri Alexa. Actually my quicktime export looks much better than that displayed in the canvas, think that was throwing me Happy enough with AIC conversion for now, thanks for your help