Compressor integrates tightly with Final Cut Pro and Motion to add power and flexibility to your video conversions. 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 use in Final Cut Pro and Motion
• Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files
• Build custom Destinations to combine encoding with additional tasks such as 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
• Improved performance and efficiency on Mac computers with Apple silicon

iTunes Store Package Creation
• Import and organize your movie, trailer, closed captions, audio descriptions, 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
• 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 HEVC, MPEG-4, H.264, MXF and ProRes
• Work with a choice of themed menus to encode and burn a DVD or Blu-ray disc
• Import Targa, DPX, TIFF, PSD, PNG or OpenEXR image sequences and encode them using any setting
• View, adjust, and deliver closed captions in CEA-608, SRT, and iTT formats

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 HLG, and Rec. 2020 PQ
• Add effects to your content like custom LUTs, a timecode overlay, and watermarks
• Speed up video, slow it down, or adjust the frame rate to make the duration match a runtime
• Convert log-encoded video to SDR and HDR color spaces using built in camera LUTs for Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Nikon and ARRI or add a custom camera LUT
• Convert ProRes Raw and ProRes Raw HQ media to other professional file formats
• Convert Avid DNxHR®, Avid DNxHD® media using any setting

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

System Requirements: 10.15.6 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing), Metal-capable graphics card, 1GB of VRAM recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing, 1.2GB of available disk space. ProRes RAW requires a Mac computer that supports Metal.

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

What’s New

Version 4.5

• Improved performance and efficiency on Mac computers with Apple silicon

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Ejai7 ,

Needs More HEVC Encoding Selectors

When I first purchased this application I gave it 1 star mostly due to application crashes. After several updates I've noticed a decrease in crashes while encoding.

I've added 2 more stars due to a more consistant running application, my only issue is with the HEVC encoder (which was my main reason for purchasing this software).

Most encoders today that encode using HEVC have several choices determining how fast the process will take. Compressor only has 2 which hardly anyone uses, which are: Faster and Slower.

We need more choses such as:
- and Faster

Example: I created a video using Handbrake and selecting the FAST setting. The video was rendered in 1 hr and 32 minutes and excellent quality.

Using Compressor and the same video I chose FASTER and the video file was much larger and the qualtiy was subpar in comparison to Handbrake. I then chose SLOWER and the quality was great but it took over 8 hrs to encode.

This is not acceptable and should be addressed. I like the features in Compressor but the HEVC setting needs more options in terms of choosing the speed of the HEVC encoding. I'm sure if I had a FAST or MEDIUM setting in Compressor it would have rendered exhibiting excellent quality using lesser time.

Thanks in advance,

Bobthebomber1 ,

Encoding done right

This program gets the short end of the stick. As it is not very flashy and does not try to impress anyone with it’s interface.

But for an encoder, its great.

I can totally see why that is counter intuitive as it just takes up more processing and resources away from the machine running it. The way it incodes is a lot like a command prompt render que on a Windows machine. (Which is nothing flashy either) It loads up resources into a batch que and then without any sort of graphic interface besides text and starts encoding.

Which makes it a really strong tool for anyone that needs a large amount of FCPX or other projects rendered into a usable compressed sequence.
Keepping everything to the bare minimum means that this program exports faster than FCPX and Motion could as it does not have to load up extra data and just get right to work.

There are plenty of options and way to costumize the output format. For me I really like the GIF option as it makes it easy to export a smaller and even faster file to send to my clients and have them take a look at the sequince without going all the way to sending a full copy.

There are a lot of cheaper products out there that probably could do just as good of job, but this one is constantly being updated and has a good devloper backing it. So if you run FCPX this is a must have to save time on the exporting process.

The price is $50 and it has been since 2011.

Promiceus ,

Compressor needs to restart your computer...

"Compressor installation is broken and needs to restart your computer to be repaired”. Or whatever the phrasing is. But sudenly during working hours I have to restart my computer, closing Final Cut (another box with bugs), all of my 3D rendering software, audio, all of my network connected computers (each of which of course flashes reports that network computer is disconnected and I have to walk aroud the room to discmiss stupid notification, which is another sad story of modern apple), reopen files and basically just have a full stop during a working day.

I cannot believe this comes from Apple. A simple thing aimed at one function cannot cope with itself. On Apple’s OS. And on Apple’s hardware. Tim Cook's world is so exciting: he’s happy to talk big interviews about cycling and greenpeace and pride and has time for all of this, while his engineers cannot complete a small app that converts videos.

Oh, forgot to mention why this seemingly little thing dissapointed me so much: it happens on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day!


Apple Inc.
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macOS 10.15.6 or later


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