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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.

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 v10.10.4 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K and 3D titles), OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K and 3D titles), 1.25GB 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 4.2.1

• Fixes a crash that could occur after migrating a User account to another system
• Restores ability to use markers for I-frame placement in H.264 exports
• Export interlaced H.264 files
• Improves closed caption and subtitle audio and video sync

Introduced in Version 4.2
• 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

Seems faster than AME (CS6)

My initial attempt at this was disheartening, because Activity Monitor showed that compressing an HD iphone video only used 400% CPU on my six core Mac Pro (Mid-2010), so I quit and went over to Adobe Media Encoder (CS6) to do the job. My previous experience was nearly 100% usage on Compressor FCP 7 and AME CS6 applications.

I repeated this today, letting Compressor run to completion.

It completed faster than AME, even without the CPUs being totally used, Compressor requiring about 24 minutes vs 31 minutes for AME (CS6), even when using only 400% CPU.

Another rendering done today used about 900% of 12 possible threads for a 640x480 encoding.

I love you batches! (bunches :P)

I have a 21.5-inch iMac, Late 2012, 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512 MB 900 MHz GDDR5, running 10.11
(Compressor runs amazingly on this system)

I’m a content producer for a company that sells multiscreen art for use in tv broadcasts, stage concerts, & various group services. When I create an asset (video footage or motion animation) I’m required to send in multiple sizes/versions of it. Compressor makes this so easy! Instead of creating each version on my own I just make one full size project in Motion and then send it over to Compressor. I've setup custom presets in Compressor for each size:

Triple Screen HD 3840x720, 29.97 fps, .mov, key frame every 5 frames, 0 cropping & padding
Double Screen HD 2560x720, 29.97 fps, .mov, key frame every 5 frames, crop left-640, crop right-640
Single Screen HD 1280x720, 29.97 fps, .mov, key frame every 5 frames, crop left-1280, crop right-1280
Triple Screen SD 1920x480, 29.97 fps, .mov, key frame every 5 frames, crop left-480, crop right-480
Double Screen SD 1280x480, 29.97 fps, .mov, key frame every 5 frames, crop left-960, crop right-960
Single Screen SD 640x480, 29.97 fps, .mov, key frame every 5 frames, crop left-1440, crop right-1440

I add all six of these output presets to my file in Compressor, start the batch, and voilà! Compressor generates six correctly sized/cropped files. A metric ton of work has just been done for me.

Compressor can also use multiple machines to process batches. Setting up a group of computers for collective batching is very straightforward. A+

the worst software ever $50.00 in the Trash

the worst software ever $50.00 in the Trash
I Like the idea tha this program promise alot, but my reaction went I purchase this was not good.
Please stay with adobe. Final Cut Pro X. its realy good but this Compresor 4.2.1 software is not good.
10 Minutes on H.240 to Apple pro res 422 1440x1080 29.97fps takes 30 Minutes.
This is not good
Aboebe Media Ecoder takes 2.5 Minutes

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  • $49.99
  • Category: Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.2.1
  • Size: 431 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10.4 or later, 64-bit processor

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