Developer: Apple

Current Version: 4.3.1

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 445.3 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 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.


Release Notes:

• 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


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 53 out of 57 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 4.3.1
Review by T Nuggets

Amateur Program - For $50 I thought I was getting an updated version of the original compressor. Instead I got a dumbed-down version that I could find similar for free on the internet. Very, very disappointed in compressor and Apple. It appears Apple is getting rid of their consumer software and dumbing-down their pro-apps for “consumers", therefore pissing off everyone. FCP X is the most complicated “comsumer” editing app I’ve ever used (and I go way back to FCP2), yet it falls short of being a "pro-app” on so many levels. Editors everywhere are or have migrated to Premiere, Avid, etc. If you want to post your kid’s birthday on facebook or student film on Vimeo, and you want to waste $50, fine. If you have a real living client that wants a specific size, codec, compression, etc. forget it, this “new” compressor a waste of time.

Found helpful by 9 out of 17 people
Version 4.3.1
Review by TechTalkGuy

Pretty Good. - Compressor is a movie file converter that takes your movie and outputs it as a finished professional movie with many export options to choose from. The power of this incredible app is in the Inspector where you can tweak the settings, save your custom settings to use and reuse. Compressor, along with Final Cut Pro X and Motion (sold seperately) comprise the full suite of high end professional movie applications. Many years ago before the app store was invented, this suite was sold as an all-in-one production workflow system known as Final Cut Studio. I use this app all the time and I could never go back to depending on the presets. Recommended: Yes

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 4.3.1
Review by Stuke

Works like it should - Compressor does one thing, and one thing only…generally it re-encodes to other formats for your external publishing needs. I find the immense number of presents daunting to understand (I’m no professional videographer). But, just a few are the common “net” formats. The trick I yet to master is finding the one that takes a GB size master file in .mov (say an FCPX finished production) and gets it to low 100s of MBs with decent quality for today’s streaming/mobile world (since DVDs are dead). I’ve found a few, and I like that Compressor lets me save them as custom presets, and in fact you can make any preset it’s own standalone “droplet” in your Finder. I think Compressor could be better if it presented a user like me with a wizard-like method of creating custom presents. Then, after understanding the trade-offs I’ve made in my selections, resulting in my new custom present, I might be better able to understand all the stock ones and more importantly why I might use any of them. Overall, Compressor is Apple’s attempt at providing the Pro Apps suite with encoding customization. If you’re a HandBrake user, you could forget about Compressor.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 4.3.1
Review by RbBtSn0w

it’s great GUI. - Powerful encoding app for my work.

Found helpful by 1 out of 3 people
Version 4.3.1
Review by TechTalkGuy

Could be better - This is the most disappointing companion app for Final Cut Pro X for professional movie production. Basically, compressor allows you to take a movie and export it as a final movie. I just completed a small 35 minute movie in 720p at one of the highest settings that took 12 hours to complete! This is insanely slow. All of my plans for the day have been completely ruined because of the slow performance of this app! The inspector is the place to tweak the settings for the hidden export options from each preset! The inspector is the only reason I would recommend this app, but beware of how slow it runs! Buyer Beware! 😳

Found helpful by 1 out of 4 people