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Compressor

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Description

Compressor adds power and flexibility to Final Cut Pro X export. Customize output settings, work faster with distributed encoding, and tap into a comprehensive set of delivery features.

Advanced Encoding for Final Cut Pro
• Use Compressor to customize encoding settings available in Final Cut Pro
• Choose from a wide array of codecs, sizes, frame rates, and other parameters
• Save your custom settings in Compressor; they automatically appear in Final Cut Pro
• Share settings with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their workstations
• Easily create an iTunes Store Package for iTunes Store submission

Efficient Encoding Workflow
• Work fast in a modern, single-window interface with preset Destinations for common encoding tasks
• Experiment freely with encoding options and zoom in the Viewer to watch content with true pixel accuracy
• Display and assign channels to QuickTime audio tracks prior to processing
• Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files
• Build custom Destinations to combine encoding with tasks such as moving or copying files
• Create self-contained Droplets to encode on the desktop with drag-and-drop ease
• Support for Industry Standards
• Encode to a broad range of industry-standard formats, such as MPEG-2, H.264, and ProRes
• Use one-step settings for Apple devices and websites such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook
• 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, or PNG 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 or SD to HD
• 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 v10.10.2 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K), OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K and 3D titles), 1.2GB of disk space.

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

What's New in Version 4.2

Requires OS X 10.10.2 or later
• Create an iTunes Store Package for iTunes Store submission
• Easily add your movie, trailer, closed captions, and subtitles to your iTunes Store Package
• Preview closed captions and subtitles right in the Viewer
• Zoom in the Viewer to watch content with true pixel accuracy
• GPU rendering when using Send to Compressor with support for dual GPUs
• Hardware-accelerated, multi-pass H.264 encoding on compatible systems
• Automatic bit-rate calculation for MPEG-4 and H.264 QuickTime movie settings
• Display and assign channels to QuickTime audio tracks prior to processing
• Optional matrix stereo down-mix when processing surround sound for QuickTime output
• CABAC entropy mode for multi-pass encoding

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Customer Reviews

Problem free performance on an older MacBook

I have a “Late 2008” MacBook, with 8 GB of RAM, and a 480 GB solid state drive (my boot drive), and 320 GB SATA mechanical drive.
Compressor is running flawlessly. In fact, I am writing this review while it works in the background.
I’ve been using FCP for a very long time, and am very happy with it’s cuurent revision. I only wish I’d gone ahead and invested the extra $50 on compressor long ago.

Crazy-fast with hardware acceleration, you

I tested this looking for a replacement for Telestream Episode. Compressor 4 is a big improvement over Compressor 3 (which I'd tried and discarded years ago as part of Final Cut Studio). The new UI is decent- a little confusing sometimes, but leaps and bounds ahead of Episode. The complete lack of video MP4 presets seemed odd- everything was MOV containers, even the 'video sharing services' presets. My understanding is that they're the same thing (to the degree that you can just change the filename and it'll work), but creating a video file as a proper mp4 requred building a new custom preset from scratch. Speaking of presets, Fast Start (which is referred to as 'optimize for network use') is turned off by default in every built-in preset, including some where it should definitely be on. Lack of native WMV support is a potential issue, but I've been transitioning lately to offering just MP4s and noone has complained.

With hardware acceleration, it's really fast. The first time I ran a test job I thought I was accidentally only processing the audio track or something. On my late-2013 MacBook Pro, a file that normally takes ~35 minutes in Episode or Handbrake (both using the x264 library), took three and a half minutes! With basically identical settings (x264: very slow preset, film tuning, CRF20 or 6Mbit 2-pass. Apple: 2-pass, 6Mbit), it takes one *tenth* the time. On a machine that doesn't support the hardware acceleration though, it was ridiculously slow. Using an early 2008 dual-quad-core Mac Pro which takes about the same time as the MBP using x264 libraries, Compressor with identical settings took an hour and forty minutes. Unfortunately, I could find no details available anywhere describing what systems support the hardware acceleration.

The quality is very close, but I think not quite as good as x264 at the same bitrate when using the 'very slow' preset and proper tuning. Fine detail suffered, although motion did seem a little less artifacty with Compressor. My girlfriend got tired of me asking her to squint at still frames as I toggled back and forth, so I think most people wouldn't be able to distinguish at reasonably high bitrates. Overall, well worth the fifty bucks for the speed and to be able to properly manage batch processing, IF AND ONLY IF you have one of the supported systems for hardware acceleration.

Great update

Great update! Addressed a few of the issues I was having! Can’t ask for much more than fixing the things that were broke for me. @iCrizzo

Compressor
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  • $49.99
  • Category: Video
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  • Version: 4.2
  • Size: 428 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10.2 or later, 64-bit processor

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