About the Apple Intermediate Codec

The Apple Intermediate Codec is a high-quality 8-bit 4:2:0 video codec used mainly as a less processor-intensive way of working with long-GOP MPEG-2 footage such as HDV. The Apple Intermediate Codec is recommended for use with all HD workflows in Final Cut Express and iMovie.

Format
Frame dimensions
Frame rate
Scanning method
720p
1280 x 720
29.97 fps
Progressive
1080i
1440 x 1080
25 and 29.97 fps
Interlaced
1080p
1440 x 1080
23.98, 25, and 29.97 fps
Progressive