Developer: Apple

Current Version: 4.4

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 393.2 MB - Download


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 a custom setting in Compressor and the setting will 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 like an HEVC output setting with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their systems 
• Send Final Cut Pro and Motion projects to Compressor to encode video in the HEVC format

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
• Deliver HDR video as P3 D65 PQ, Rec. 2020 HLG, and Rec. 2020 PQ for HDR10
• Support in the iTunes Store Package to link a Dolby Vision graded video file to a Dolby Vision XML

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
• Deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) video with controls for color space conversions and HDR metadata
• Deliver HDR video as P3 D65 PQ, Rec. 2020 PQ, and Rec. 2020 HLG
• 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: macOS 10.12.4 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing), OpenCL-capable GPU graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing), 1.2GB of available disk space.

Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs. HEVC export requires macOS High Sierra.


Release Notes:

360 VR delivery
• Encode 360° video in a wide range of formats and frame sizes
• Share 360° video directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo
• Export 360° video files with embedded industry-standard spherical metadata
• Support for monoscopic and stereoscopic formats

High Dynamic Range
• Deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) video with controls for color space conversions and HDR metadata
• Deliver HDR video as P3 D65 PQ, and Rec. 2020 HLG, and Rec. 2020 PQ for HDR10
• Easily convert HDR to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video
• Support in the iTunes Store Package to link a Dolby Vision graded video file to a Dolby Vision XML

• Encode video in the High Efficiency Video Coding format (HEVC, also known as H.265) for file sizes up to 40 percent smaller than H.264 while preserving the same visual quality*
• Create a custom HEVC export setting in Compressor and use it in Final Cut Pro
• Send Final Cut Pro and Motion projects to Compressor to encode video in the HEVC format
• Create a self-contained HEVC droplet for drag-and-drop encoding on the desktop

• Encode MXF files with support for a wide range of codecs and parameters
• New MXF presets include AVC-Intra, D-10 / IMX, ProRes, and XDCAM HD in a variety of frame rates and resolutions
• Support for ProRes and 10-bit Uncompressed video within an MXF container
• Support for HDR video in an MXF container

* HEVC support requires macOS High Sierra


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 4.2.2
Review by E. Parker

Top of the heap for me... - In my 20 years of pro film/video work few things have been more frustrating to master than video compression. Over the years I've used them all, Sorenson, Cleaner, Blaze, MPEG Streamclip, etc, etc. Compressor has slowly risen to the top of the heap for nearly all of my compression tasks. If you learn Compressor inside and out, use a little math in your planning, make use of advanced features, and employ the proper codecs, Compressor simply can't be beat. It doesn’t matter if I’m compressing a small lo-res file for online reviewing by clients, or doing my final output to send a national TV show to the network, Compressor is the champ in ever metric I’ve tested. In the end, Compressor creates better looking encodes, with smaller final file sizes, and does it faster than any other compression software. If it didn’t, I’d use one of the other dozen softwares I have access to.

Found helpful by 54 out of 58 people
Version 4.1.3
Review by TheMacDaddy

Major Step Backward - Compressor is now officially a consumer product. The interface is simpler…which means you have less power/control over how your video is being encoded. The interface is appropriate for consumer users, not professional producers. I like a nice interface, but not at the expense of usability and versatility. I have far fewer options over things like file extensions, and filters to use. And while they seem to have overhauled the app (for the worse), Compressor is not only STILL rather slow, I think it’s actually SLOWER than it used to be. As of right now I am officially done buying Apple software. The new compressor is a joke, I hate the new Motion, the new Garageband (which I used for simple podcasting) is also a step backward. As a whole Apple’s software gets less capable, more buggy and crash-prone, and overall is just more of a displeasure to use. That’s why I didn’t bother buying Logic Pro X (I use Adobe Audition). I no longer have any faith in Apple’s software

Found helpful by 61 out of 96 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 4.4
Review by mjosantillanes

A Great Piece of Software! - Apple offers some pretty amazing software, but Compressor is by far one of the most under rated programs out there. If you ever needed to convert Audio files to different formats, or convert video from stand definition to high definition look no further. Compressor can do a lot, and I highly recommend taking a look at Compressor’s User Guide to take full advantage of it’s capabilities! The best part is once you pay for it the software is yours, and it does not require a montly fee for use like Adobe Media Encoder.

Found helpful by 5 out of 7 people
Version 4.4
Review by jrock311

Crashes Constantly… - Ever since the 10.4 FCPX update, everything I send through compressor errors. Junk software at the moment.

Found helpful by 2 out of 4 people
Version 4.4
Review by Alfie49

Compressor 4.4 crashes on High Sierra - After updating to High Sierra, every time I try using anything with the file system such as locations or drag & drop, the system crashes. Web answers I found were to downgrade to an earlier version OS. This is not a viable option. Both products are made by Apple and I would expect better integration. This happens on both my new iMac and MacBook Pro.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 4.4
Review by Christian-stone

Thankful it hasn’t been killed - I’ve used compressor for years and years now. Really wish it had a few features that pros actually use and need. Add LUTs to process dalies, ability to add multiple image sequences at once, drg and drop Image Sequences, ability to add a raw image sequence, add a basic LUT color change, and export to proxies and 422, ability to set a default frame rate instead trying to always render every single sequence into 29.97 or manually change it…

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people