ffmpeg – How do transform mp4 videos so that they can be read by Davinci Resolve on Linux?

Resolve is a commercial video editor with a free version that can be run on linux.

On the linux version, some videos in mp4 format will have no video content when they are imported. This is apparently because the AAC codec is not supported by the free version Resolve on linux.

Apparently these videos can be transformed before being imported into Resolve, so that AAC support isn’t required. Apparently ffmpeg is the correct tool for this job.

If I simply copy ffmpeg commands that I find on the web, I get errors that I do not understand. At present I’m trying this command:

ffmpeg -i video-to-transform.mp4 -c:v prores_ks -profile:v 3 -vendor
apl0 -bits_per_mb 8000 -pix_fmt yuv422p10le

… I get the following error:

[mp4 @ 0x56120e725340] Could not find tag for codec prores in stream
#0, codec not currently supported in container Could not write header for output file #0 (incorrect codec parameters ?): Invalid argument
Error initializing output stream 0:0 —

How can I make my mp4’s editable in Resolve?

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