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Compressor

By Apple

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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.

Powerful 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

Time-Saving Encoding Workflow
• Work fast using a single-window interface and preset Destinations for common encoding tasks
• Experiment freely with encoding options, using real-time feedback in the Preview window
• Find exactly the setting you need in just a few clicks in the updated settings library
• 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

Industry-Standard Encoding Support
• 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
• Add chapter markers for discs or podcasts distributed on iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV
• Encode to a broad range of industry-standard formats, such as MPEG-2, H.264, and ProRes
• 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 from its source format to another format, 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 cores and workstations
• Install Compressor on any Mac to activate it as a node for distributed encoding

System Requirements: OS X v10.9.2 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), 1.1GB 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 4.1.3

• Fixes reliability issues when burning a Blu-ray Disc or creating a Blu-ray disk image

Introduced in Version 4.1.2
• Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
• Status display and improved responsiveness when using "Send to Compressor" from Final Cut Pro X and Motion
• Improved performance and color accuracy when encoding H.264 source files from GoPro cameras
• Fixes issues transcoding alpha channels in image sequences
• Includes general stability improvements

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Customer Reviews

More capable than you might think

At first glace it looks like Apple depricated alot of the the best features from the original version of Compressor which Apple seems to have elvated to an artform of late. However, with a little digging and a willingness to do some (very little) reading in Compressor Help, you will find the ability to customize bit rate, frame size, frame rate, file type and you can even create your own compression settings from scratch if you know what you’re doing… which I don’t. The interface HAS changed considerably to look more like iMovie Pro er— rather… FCPX, but I find that it’s actually easier to use with no discernable loss of functionality from it’s predicessors. My favorite improvement is the ability to set both transcode settings and destination for multiple assets without having to manuall select one at a time. With the older versions, I always found myself command + selecting individual targets so I could assign one destination to all of them. I’m no compressionist, hardly even an expert, but with a little digging and experimenting, the latest version of Compressor should fit the bill for all but the more advanced users. If you need something more robust, then spend the money on high end video encoding software like Episode. Good luck.

Half performance with the new “iCompress” :(

The biggest problem with the new version is performance. With the previous version, you could specify the number of instances (i.e. how many compressions were occuring at a time), so that you could determine the load balance yourself (ie do you want the stuff done as quickly as possible, or do you want to have some cores left free to do other work with other apps). With the new version, it determines a max number of cores you can use, not letting you use the full power of the machine. In my case, it maxes out at 50% of my cpu usage (only allowing half my cpus to be used, despite the fact that I’ve got max ram in the machine), whereas previously I could hit about 95%.
Cutting the performance of a “Pro” app in half is a major fail.

And they’ve “i”d it. They’ve dumbed down the interface and removed options to actually save batches and settings. They’re now “auto-saved”, so you’re never really sure what’s been saved & what hasn’t, and can’t save specific batches in a specific location with the files you’re compressing, and can’t just revert to a previous state by closing without saving, etc.

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

Compressor
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  • $49.99
  • Category: Video
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2014
  • Version: 4.1.3
  • Size: 304 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • Seller: Apple Inc.

Compatibility: OS X 10.9.2 or later, 64-bit processor

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