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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
• Speed up encoding in Final Cut Pro by choosing a group of shared computers for exporting

System Requirements: OS X v10.9 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 4.1.1

• Resolves issues installing Compressor on a system where Qmaster was previously enabled
• Improves reliability of Send to Compressor from Final Cut Pro X
• Addresses distributed encoding errors when source files are not on the startup volume
• Fixes errors that could cause a hang when submitting a batch
• Fixes a stability issue that could occur if multiple Compressor plug-ins are installed
• Resolves an issue when viewing a plug-in setting without the plug-in installed
• Includes general stability improvements

Introduced in Version 4.1
• New interface with a single-window layout and streamlined controls
• Preset Destinations for common encoding tasks
• Simplified setup for distributed encoding
• Hardware-based H.264 encoding in supported Share operations
• Support for Dolby Digital Plus encoding
• Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
• Share directly to Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou


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Customer Reviews

not great

Compressor has promise to be a useful tools but for me the primary reason to use it is to speed up rendering from FCPX. So after combing the Web I find out that direct move of files from FCPX to Compressor appears to disable the ability to use a cluster to render. So the only way to do it is render the whole video in FCPX and then bring into Compressor. This is extremely annoying as it takes me more time sitting in front of the computer waiting for one process so I can start the next one.

The other thing that makes this really annoying is Compressor is the slowest application I have used on my Mac. I’m scared to tweak anything once I have set up a job because if I do I have to wait a really long time before it responds again. I’ve tried this on several Macs with varying configs, all with 16-32GB of RAM and nothing else going on. It’s the application - not the machine. So overall , lots of promise but it just doesn’t feel very useful right now.

I will say it burned Blueray disc easily so that was nice.

Freezes so much it’s worse than beta

I wish this software was as reliable as the old verison of Compressor 4. When I open it and select a batch, it beach balls for a few secodnds. When I try to delete the batch, it often beachballs and freezes. The reason why I’m trying to delete batches and try to resubmit is because when I submit batch often times it freezes and never submits the batch to process. I’m running a 12 core Mac Pro so the computer is not the problem. All reliablility went out of the window with this update and I really wish I could have the old version back because this software no longer works properly. Buyer beware.

Unified interface that makes sense

Compressor has always been a necessary addition to Final Cut Pro. I was dissapointed when Final Cut Pro X came out that Compressor didn’t get a facelift. Finally compressor’s layout makes sense to me. It also performs better and processing over a network is easier to setup than ever before.

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  • $49.99
  • Category: Video
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2014
  • Version: 4.1.1
  • Size: 318 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • Seller: Apple Inc.

Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

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