I am working with original 2K ProResHQ files with a delivery requirement of the highest quality (resolution/color) least compressed file for making a 2K DCP. For ease of editing, the edit has been broken up into chapters. Each chapter is its own project, with its own .vf file. Project settings are identical for each chapter. ProResHQ source files remain in one folder that is common to each chapter project.
I have not been able to find in the manual, or online, any information about combining or joining these chapters (.vf files) into one project. Is this possible without rendering each individual chapter?
If not, and rendering is required, what codec do you recommend for the highest quality, least compressed file? I am concerned, once I assemble all the rendered chapters into a new project timeline and output a complete file that it will be re-rendered (and compressed) again. Is there a way to avoid re-rendering?
Finally, what output codec at this stage will deliver the highest quality, least compressed 2K file? Do I assume constant frame rate is better than variable? higher profile better than "main"? is there a maximum bitrate best suited for the codec(s) you recommend? is the 10bit RroRes maintained, or do the Magix codecs drop down to 8bit? Rendering time and size is not an issue.
Many thanks for all suggestions!