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Compressor

By Apple (Apple Inc.)
Supported Devices : Mac OS

Release Notes

19/01/2017 | Version : 4.3.1 | Size : 424.7 MB
• Fade In/Fade Out filter is applied correctly when using distributed encoding
• Disc name and titles are correctly displayed when using languages with double-byte characters
• Location paths are respected when using Compressor via Terminal
• Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate
• Exporting ProRes 4444 files with transparency using Compressor creates a correct alpha channel
• Fixes an issue that could prevent processing files using 32-bit codecs including Animation, PNG, Cinepak, and WMV
• Fixes an issue in which marker buttons on the Touch Bar may be displayed incorrectly
• Fixes an issue that could prevent burning Final Cut Pro projects to DVD via Apple USB SuperDrive

Introduced in Version 4.3
• Redesigned dark interface puts the focus on your video, with a streamlined presentation of batches and settings
• Detailed video and audio file information is now displayed in the Inspector
• Deliver video in standard Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 color spaces, or in wide Rec. 2020 color space
• Support for the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro lets you perform common functions like adding and editing markers
• Timeline overview in the Touch Bar lets you view your batch at a glance and navigate with touch
• iTunes Store Package preview lets you audition alternative audio, closed captions, or subtitles to verify sync
• iTunes Store Package media pass-through lets you bypass unnecessary compression
• iTunes Store Package preview lets you seamlessly switch between audio streams during asset playback to speed up verification
• Batch warnings and failures are now reported with detailed, actionable notes
• Still image improvements include support for multiple color spaces and higher bit depths
• Support for DPX, Cineon, OpenEXR still images
• Support for OpenEXR image sequences
• Enhanced DPX support delivers more accurate interpretation of color information, pixel aspect ratio, interlacing, and timing
• Improved performance for image processing including frame rate conversions, interlacing, scaling, optical flow retiming, effects, and color space conversions
• Automatic selection of optimal bit depth allows for higher-quality transcoding, color processing, and effects
• Improved efficiency of CPU and GPU processing
• New DVD disc templates give you more menu and background options
• New options for DVD authoring let you loop playback, add motion menus, and customize menu images

06/12/2016 | Version : 4.3 | Size : 424.7 MB
• Redesigned dark interface puts the focus on your video, with a streamlined presentation of batches and settings
• Detailed video and audio file information is now displayed in the Inspector
• Deliver video in standard Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 color spaces, or in wide Rec. 2020 color space
• Support for the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro lets you perform common functions like adding and editing markers
• Timeline overview in the Touch Bar lets you view your batch at a glance and navigate with touch
• iTunes Store Package preview lets you audition alternative audio, closed captions, or subtitles to verify sync
• iTunes Store Package media pass-through lets you bypass unnecessary compression
• iTunes Store Package preview lets you seamlessly switch between audio streams during asset playback to speed up verification
• Batch warnings and failures are now reported with detailed, actionable notes
• Still image improvements include support for multiple color spaces and higher bit depths
• Support for DPX, Cineon, OpenEXR still images
• Support for OpenEXR image sequences
• Enhanced DPX support delivers more accurate interpretation of color information, pixel aspect ratio, interlacing, and timing
• Improved performance for image processing including frame rate conversions, interlacing, scaling, optical flow retiming, effects, and color space conversions
• Automatic selection of optimal bit depth allows for higher-quality transcoding, color processing, and effects
• Improved efficiency of CPU and GPU processing
• New DVD disc templates give you more menu and background options
• New options for DVD authoring let you loop playback, add motion menus, and customize menu images

28/02/2016 | Version : 4.2.2 | Size : 411.1 MB
• 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices
• Fixes an issue in which Closed Caption files could be incorrectly labeled as SDH subtitles when creating an iTunes Store Package
• Fixes an issue in which the Navigation window fails to display the source clip when the Preview Window is zoomed
• Launch screen displays correctly on OS X El Capitan
• Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list

Introduced in Version 4.2
• Create an iTunes Store Package for iTunes Store submission
• Easily add your movie, trailer, closed captions, and subtitles to your iTunes Store Package
• Preview closed captions and subtitles right in the Viewer
• Zoom in the Viewer to watch content with true pixel accuracy
• GPU rendering when using Send to Compressor with support for dual GPUs
• Hardware-accelerated, multi-pass H.264 encoding on compatible systems
• Automatic bit-rate calculation for MPEG-4 and H.264 QuickTime movie settings
• Display and assign channels to QuickTime audio tracks prior to processing
• Optional matrix stereo down-mix when processing surround sound for QuickTime output
• CABAC entropy mode for multi-pass encoding

Description

Compressor integrates tightly with Final Cut Pro to add power and flexibility to your video conversions. A simple interface lets you quickly customize output settings, enhance images, and package your film for sale on the iTunes Store. For even faster conversions, easily set up distributed encoding using other Mac computers.

Advanced Encoding for Final Cut Pro 
• Use Compressor to customize encoding settings for Final Cut Pro
• Save your custom settings in Compressor and they automatically appear in Final Cut Pro
• Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files 
• Build custom Destinations to combine encoding with additional tasks such as moving or copying files
• Create self-contained Droplets to encode on the desktop with drag-and-drop ease
• Share settings with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their systems 

iTunes Store Package Creation
• Import and organize your movie, trailer, closed captions, and subtitles into an iTunes Store-compliant package for submission to an Apple-certified iTunes delivery partner
• Audition video with any audio, caption, or subtitle to verify sync
• Built-in error detection helps you identify issues with your iTunes Store Package and navigate directly to the source of the issue

Support for Industry Standards
• Encode to a broad range of industry standard formats including MPEG-4, H.264, MXF and ProRes
• Work with a choice of themed menus to encode and burn a DVD or Blu-ray disc
• Generate files for HTTP live streaming in a single step 
• Import Targa, DPX, TIFF, PSD, PNG or OpenEXR image sequences and encode them to any setting
• Tap into advanced encoding features for adding closed captioning, metadata, and more 

Pristine Format Conversions 
• Convert any file between formats — such as NTSC to PAL, SD to HD or progressive to interlaced video
• Import and manipulate wide color video, then deliver in standard Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 color spaces or in wide Rec. 2020 color space
• Use CABAC entropy multipass H.264 encoding for superior results with hardware-accelerated export on supported systems
• Clean up and customize your content using image filters, a timecode overlay, and watermarks
• Speed up video, slow it down, or adjust the frame rate to make the duration match a runtime 

Distributed Encoding 
• Save time by distributing encoding work among multiple workstations
• Install Compressor on any Mac to activate it as a node for distributed encoding 
• Speed up encoding in Final Cut Pro by choosing a group of shared computers for exporting

System Requirements: OS X 10.11.4 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K and 3D titles), OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K and 3D titles), 931MB of disk space. 

Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.

Rankings

Overall :
#20 : Top Grossing Mac Applications
#69 : Top Paid Mac Applications

Categories :
#3 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Video]
#6 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Video]

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Category

Photography , Video


Comments and Ratings for Compressor

Insane (4.3)
26/12/2016 12:32:00 1/5 By Anynicknameleft2
Huge manual that tells you what it does but not appaarently how to do it and appears to relate to a totally different product. Quicktime 7 was apparently the same thing but easier to use and half the price. Someone can either explain to me in under 5 minutes how to export a short to email and get a decent result or they can give me a refund.

Don’t update till 4.4 (4.3)
10/12/2016 15:48:00 1/5 By mbn-es
This new 4.3 update adds what I shall describe as “static noise” to the video on export. Strangley, it isn’t visible on my 27” Retina iMac screen, buit it is clearly visible and very annoying when seen on a 40” Sony HDTV via my ATV4 from iTunes. I have no other way of testing, but I’m assuming it will be just as bad on any domestic TV. For me, this update is unusable.

essential tool box (4.2.2)
23/03/2016 21:38:00 5/5 By scoobsoriginal
It’s a must have to go along with FCP X and now so cheap you would be mad not to include it.

Wow, well worth the upgrade for me! (4.2.2)
16/03/2016 22:14:00 5/5 By cj.allen321
There will always be negative reviews on any product, I found them for Compressor 4.2 but I’m glad I saw the knowledge and experience behind the reviews of those projecting a more positive light! On my MacBook Pro 11,3 (i7, 2.3 Ghz, 16GB RAM) the transcoding time of a 1h30m MPEG2 1080i50 68 Mbps video down to H.264 1080p 20 Mbps reduced by an amount which I think using the term “dramatic” is an understatement! The first attempt I had with Compressor 3 had been going for 9h50m overnight before I had to go to work and gave up. When I tried the transcode with Compressor 4.2.2 using single pass to enable the hardware encoding, it was complete in 1h45m. 1h45m - that much faster! And it looked great too. Well worth it for me. What I will say is that I thought the ability to specify in/out TC addresses appears to have gone, but frame accurate in/out points can still be specified by moving entering the address to move the cursor and pressing “I” and “O”. Maybe this is common knowledge, but I’d always entered them in their specific fields in v3.

No Good for Batch Jobs (4.2.1)
15/09/2015 08:46:00 1/5 By Tom__London
I am not sure what is going on with the Apple suite. FCPX definitely changed for the worse, Compressor does not work (and afraid to open Motion to see what I would find…) I have loaded three batch jobs to convert camera-encoded files to ProRes 422 HQ before editing so that optimised media is available. Each batch had 10-15 MOV files from the iPhone. The jobs were distributed to the “highly complex cluster” of one iMac and one Mac mini and left for the night. Compressor was not able to input Sony AVCHD materials at all, although FCPX does ingest them, and can generate optimised media - bizarre. Outcome: some of the first batch were completed, one file was hanging for 10 hours - still hanging even after Compressor has been “cancelling” them for half an hour. There is no option to recover the other batches, so all the jobs may need to be redone as well. Cannot even kill the processes from the command line. Now, Compressor, at least the previous version, did work to export single jobs to quite high quality H.264 files -but this is then only a toy, if it cannot properly run a distributed conversion of camera input from an Apple device to an Apple editing format. Contrast this with two condenters to replace the Apple workflow: DaVinci Resolve: completed the optimisation of ALL media (Apple and Sony) in about 3 hours. No questions asked, no hangups. Lightworks: completed the transcoding of the Sony AVCHD files in less than 2 hours - also single machine, no cluster. Let’s check back to Compressor… Yep - still hung. Sad.

Great for what I want to do (4.2)
16/05/2015 01:15:00 5/5 By Ollie097
I use compressor to convert video files to ProRes for use with QLab (Figure 53 - Show Control Software). Works flawlessly. Can easily import a bunch of files and convert them quickly and stress free. Glad to see the latest update has brought Compressor upto speed with the latest UI. Would recommend for this use.

Rubbish at batching! (4.2)
26/04/2015 12:30:00 1/5 By itunes_music_library_is_a_mess
Compressor doesn’t allow you to add multiple files in a directory… every file has to be added and conigured one at a time. I have a directory of files I would like to convert and this app is completely useless. For such a price I would expect a little better.

Better than Final Cut export options (4.1.3)
28/02/2015 15:52:00 3/5 By BenDa1 97728453
This does provide more export options than the woeful selection in Final Cut, but I think there could be more! My College uses an old compressor with Final Cut Pro 7. That old version of compressor had many more export options. Point is: where have all these export options vanished too? Even the old Final Cut Studio has more export options than it!

No AVCHD or XAVC-S ingestion? (4.1.3)
29/01/2015 20:03:00 1/5 By Budanevey
If FCP-X can handle native AVCHD and XAVC-S files, it’s somehwat puzzling that Compressor, which is a dedicated program for such tasks, can’t. My fault I suppose for assuming that a statement that it can output from any source format means ‘any source format’? Disappointing.

Circulair (4.1.3)
09/11/2014 12:14:00 5/5 By circulair@
Although I installed this at about the same time as FinalCut I hadn’t used much till a recent attempt to upload a HD family compilation video which initialy wanted 96 minutes, and failed after 26 minutes. Once I had run this through compressor and realised the format options and selected the correct format I uploaded in HD to FaceBook in 3 minutes. I highly recommend Compressor.

Updates have sorted many issues. (4.1.3)
05/10/2014 10:18:00 5/5 By Chris Hawkins
UPDATE: October 2014. Following several updates & improvements, I’m delighted with this app. Not only functional, but very intuitive, when compared to earlier releases. There’s an annoying bug - discussed at length in the Apple Forums - whereby tasks that are terminated cannot be deleted from the ‘Active’ tasks tab. Not the end of the world, but annoying for an Apple product.

Just reverted back to an earlier version.. (4.1.1)
30/04/2014 23:00:00 1/5 By glyn peppiatt
is it really that hard to not upload an app to the app store until it’s working? Regretfully, having been a fan of compressor for some years, I have to say AVOID THIS.

Epic Fail (4.1.1)
16/04/2014 14:25:00 1/5 By Spr1ngy
I’ve tried using compressor since version 3.0 onwards - useless - cluster/group transcoding terrible, fails, or doesn’t start. Sometimes computers show in cluster/group, other times they just stop working. Throwing preferences, support folders and installing several times doesn’t fix. ALSO - major confusion but you can’t render a Motion or FCPX across a cluster/group. If you do get it working only use movies to batch. The share feature in FCPX & Motion is pointless for rendering! Battled to get it working across two machines, 3rd machine hit or miss if it works with the cluster.

BROKEN AND NOT WORKING AT ALL (4.1.1)
05/04/2014 17:29:00 1/5 By jjkc_9000
Like the other review I had previous version working without issue. Now will not process any batches at all and is hence completely useless.

working in 10.9.2 (4.1.1)
03/03/2014 22:15:00 5/5 By peter63711
working

update broke the software (4.1.1)
13/02/2014 18:55:00 1/5 By GSpro15198
Compressor was working perfectly adequetly before the update and now it won’t complete a batch sent from Final Cut Pro X.

New Interface is Very Welcome (4.1)
02/01/2014 01:18:00 5/5 By Fitz Blitz
I’ve used Compressor for years and I was very used to the old interface that it had, which was rather clanky. This new interface really is a lot easier to work with. The single window is far better than the many windows of the old Compressor and it is logically laid out. I’ve just done my first batch with this and it is a simple ProRes 422 to H.264 compression and the results are really excellent, I think it is nigh on impossilble to tell the orginals from the newly compressed files. I’ve always had excellent experience with the quality of the output of Compressor, and it is this that matters, obviously, in an application like this.

joke (4.1)
24/12/2013 10:48:00 1/5 By jondobson86
the fact this is still 32-bit is a joke

AMAZING! - Should be award winning! (4.1)
23/12/2013 02:22:00 5/5 By RJCB72
I am not one that normally writes reviews, but sometimes things have to be said. I was a little taken back to see the update here, I have not used Compressor for a while. I have however been using Matrox H264 Encoder Card as I am needing high quality quick encodes. I only ever use ProRes so I have to admit I have never had a problem with Compressor as far as it being stable, but just the quality and time it took. I use the HTTP setting a adjust accordingly, Just to give you some idea, I have a Hour and Forty Min 1080p video that took just 52mins to encode, and the quality was simply perfect! - it know even uses CABAC. - The only let down is that it does not encode more than 2 Ref frames, unlike alot of other encoders (inc Apples own iTunes Encodes) which would make the quality even better, however as stated its pretty clode to perfect. So, even better quality and faster than Matrox encoder, and after a little testing just as good as Episode. - Hope this helps! and Apple! Give us some more ref Frames!

Compressor for the 21st Century (4.1)
19/12/2013 19:28:00 5/5 By Chris Hawkins
Didn’t expect to see this interface until v5. Overdue but welcome.

It’s still 32 bit (4.1)
19/12/2013 16:37:00 3/5 By 64 bit MacUser
Why is this app still 32 bit?

Looks like I just paid for a new icon. Don't bother save your money. (4.0.7)
22/10/2013 21:26:00 2/5 By Video Joe Schmo
Apple should be embarrassed charging money for the same product as before. The "Cool Company" isn't looking so cool these days. How about a refund?

An old app waiting for retirement (4.0.7)
05/08/2013 11:07:00 3/5 By Himtown
Compressor is a very old app now and, compared to modern encoding software, is a bit of dog. It's hard to use and it's slow to render. What it is does well at however, which a lot of encoders don't include, is optical flow for conforming framerates. In my opinion the only case for purchasing compressor is if you want to change framerates and don't have the budget for a good hardware box, otherwise it is certainly not a vital addition to FCP and Motion.

Not fit for purpose (4.0.7)
23/07/2013 12:55:00 1/5 By ASuperGav
This is a terrible app. Every time I use, it just 'hangs' towards the end without finishing. It is not fit for purpose.

complex time-waster (4.0.7)
18/07/2013 01:43:00 1/5 By Ynwaynwa
unreliable application. Very flawed software

Terrible software (4.0.7)
10/07/2013 08:48:00 1/5 By DailyT
Outdated interface, crashes frequently and fails to load many video formats. Waste of money.

Satisfied (4.0.7)
02/04/2013 15:27:00 4/5 By Hikkadwa
Had read the previous reviews and was cautious about buying however I bought it and it works great. The preset option for vimeo was a great help.

Unstable; avoid for now (4.0.6)
22/01/2013 21:45:00 1/5 By Doraemoncito
Dated user interface issues aside, I have found compressor 4.0.6 to be very unstable on my Mid 2012 MBP. Right from the start I have had crashes, freezes, missing codec errors (for codecs that are supposed to be bundled with the application), project files saved incorrectly, etc… I would recommend waiting until Apple releases a revised / updated version with a hopefully revamped user interface and all the stability problems addressed. Ideally the next version will be more in keeping with FCP X and Motion 5. In all fairness, Apple have been very quick to respond to my bug report and I would give them 5 out of 5 for customer support.

Complicated Old Interface! (4.0.6)
08/12/2012 17:45:00 1/5 By Miadouble
You have to really take note of all the other reviews that really have said it all. Old and poor interface very complicated to work out. Its not easy and its not simple so my advice is dont buy it unless you really need it and wait for a new updated user friendly simple and easy interface.

Failed: 3x crash service down (4.0.5)
27/11/2012 19:30:00 3/5 By UK guitar fan
What does this mean? Not very useful error message… Googled for solutions but found nothing that worked.


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