What’s New

Version 4.4.4

• 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

3.3 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

Purgpow ,

Fails at h.264 compression.

Compressor: 4.3.2

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.

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!


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macOS 10.13.6 or later, 64-bit processor


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