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 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, 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 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 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
• 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
• 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 PQ, and Rec. 2020 HLG
• Use CABAC entropy multi-pass 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
• 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 10.13.6 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. 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. HEVC export requires macOS High Sierra.
• Detects media files that may be incompatible with future versions of macOS after Mojave
• Improves reliability when sharing video to YouTube
Introduced in Version 4.4.3
• Support for ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ formats on Mac computers that support Metal
Ratings and Reviews
Fails at h.264 compression.
Overall this is a nice compressing app, the interface is user friendly and simple to use, I wish more apps were this clean and focused on just doing what they are suppose to do. The batch rendering feature in this app is a god send.
I have one issue with Compressor, and it is kinda a big one for me. It is horrible at h.264 compression, which is weird having an Apple product that cant do h.264 well. If you Compress using the more lossless formats like 4:2:2 or 4:4:4:4 the app has great results and fast render times, but h.264 is slow and horrible quality compared to Adobe products ore even the freeware HandBrake. So I use this app to render my videos in apple ProRes 4:2:2 and then I use “HandBrake” to get them to a smaller file size and the h.264 format with out quality loss.
There is no reason Adobe and freeware products should kick the pants off of Apple when it comes to Compressing video to h.264 format but they do and Apple should fix this.
i’m removing 2 stars from this product rating because an app that is solely designed to compress video files should be amazing at just that, and this one fall short when dealing with the h.264 codex.
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.
Does not support XAVC-S mp4 files from Sony Cameras
I have a Sony FDR-AX53 and record using XAVC-S to get individual files. I want to take those files I recorded and share them with people on Dropbox and to do that I need to compress them. You'd think this app will support this use case, being called Compressor and all... but when trying to open those mp4 files from my Sony cam Apple Compressor says "Error trying to open source media file."
This is just a shame... and with the direction Apple is taking in abandoning pro users I'm starting to feel like I cannot trust them any longer.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.