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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.

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 4.2.2

• 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices
• Fixes an issue in which Closed Caption files could be incorrectly labeled as SDH subtitles when creating an iTunes Store Package
• Fixes an issue in which the Navigation window fails to display the source clip when the Preview Window is zoomed
• Launch screen displays correctly on OS X El Capitan
• Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list

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

Top of the heap for me...

In my 20 years of pro film/video work few things have been more frustrating to master than video compression. Over the years I've used them all, Sorenson, Cleaner, Blaze, MPEG Streamclip, etc, etc. Compressor has slowly risen to the top of the heap for nearly all of my compression tasks. If you learn Compressor inside and out, use a little math in your planning, make use of advanced features, and employ the proper codecs, Compressor simply can't be beat. It doesn’t matter if I’m compressing a small lo-res file for online reviewing by clients, or doing my final output to send a national TV show to the network, Compressor is the champ in ever metric I’ve tested.

In the end, Compressor creates better looking encodes, with smaller final file sizes, and does it faster than any other compression software. If it didn’t, I’d use one of the other dozen softwares I have access to.

It Took A Few Years To Become Indispensable

For years I avoided Crash-pressor because it wouldn’t finish compressions without failing about 20% of the time. This has changed of the last several releases. Now, my complaints are few: Compressor has really become solid and predictable.

Most of my hangs now are from a dialog box that will spawn behind the main window. The lack of a few recent codecs is likely do to licensing.

Not the last word in automation, true, but for a SMB house it does the trick!

Oh, $49 bumped my review from 4 to 5. There is nothing close for the price. I have some free tools that approach the power of Compressor but not the ease of use. $49 for this is one of the things that keeps me on a Mac!

GOOD Compressor - but NO WATCH FOLDERS?? Seriously?

Apple has made a great Compressor at a fantastic price, for that - 5 stars. BUT to not have a 'Watch Folder' option like all the other top tier Compression software (Adobe, Telestream, Sorenson) is disappointing to say the least. For automating video compression go elsewhere. (Sorry, droplets don't cut it).

Compressor
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  • $49.99
  • Category: Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.2.2
  • Size: 431 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10.4 or later, 64-bit processor

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