Compressor integrates tightly with Final Cut Pro to add power and flexibility to your video conversions. A simple interface lets you quickly customize output settings, enhance images, and package your film for sale on the iTunes Store. For even faster conversions, easily set up distributed encoding using other Mac computers.

Advanced Encoding for Final Cut Pro 
• Use Compressor to customize encoding settings for Final Cut Pro
• Save a custom setting in Compressor and the setting will automatically appear in Final Cut Pro
• Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files 
• Build custom Destinations to combine encoding with additional tasks such as moving or copying files
• Create self-contained Droplets to encode on the desktop with drag-and-drop ease
• Share settings like an HEVC output setting with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their systems 
• Send Final Cut Pro and Motion projects to Compressor to encode video in the HEVC format

iTunes Store Package Creation
• Import and organize your movie, trailer, closed captions, audio descriptions, and subtitles into an iTunes Store-compliant package for submission to an Apple-certified iTunes delivery partner
• Audition video with any audio, caption, or subtitle to verify sync
• Built-in error detection helps you identify issues with your iTunes Store Package and navigate directly to the source of the issue
• Deliver HDR video as P3 D65 PQ, Rec. 2020 HLG, and Rec. 2020 PQ for HDR10
• Support in the iTunes Store Package to link a Dolby Vision graded video file to a Dolby Vision XML

Support for Industry Standards
• Encode to a broad range of industry standard formats including MPEG-4, H.264, MXF and ProRes
• 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, PNG or OpenEXR image sequences and encode them to any setting
• View, adjust, and deliver closed captions in both CEA-608 and iTT formats

Pristine Format Conversions 
• Convert any file between formats — such as NTSC to PAL, SD to HD or progressive to interlaced video
• Import and manipulate wide color video, then deliver in standard Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 color spaces or in wide Rec. 2020 color space
• Deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) video with controls for color space conversions and HDR metadata
• Deliver HDR video as P3 D65 PQ, Rec. 2020 PQ, and Rec. 2020 HLG
• Use CABAC entropy multipass H.264 encoding for superior results with hardware-accelerated export on supported systems
• 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: macOS 10.13.2 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing), OpenCL-capable GPU graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing), 1.2GB of available disk space.

Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs. HEVC export requires macOS High Sierra.

What's New

Version 4.4.1

Closed captions
• View, adjust, and deliver closed captions
• Import caption files into a batch or iTunes Store package
• Use the Inspector to adjust text, color, onscreen location, and timing
• Search text and select single or multiple captions in the Inspector
• Support for multiple languages and formats in an iTunes Store package
• Validation indicator instantly warns about common errors including caption overlaps, incorrect characters, invalid formatting, and more
• Embed captions in an exported video file or create a separate caption sidecar file
• Share captioned videos directly to YouTube and Vimeo
• Support for CEA-608 and iTT closed caption formats

Audio descriptions
• Include audio description files in any iTunes Store package

Introduced in Version 4.4
360 VR delivery
• Encode 360° video in a wide range of formats and frame sizes
• Share 360° video directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo
• Export 360° video files with embedded industry-standard spherical metadata
• Support for monoscopic and stereoscopic formats

High Dynamic Range
• Deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) video with controls for color space conversions and HDR metadata
• Deliver HDR video as P3 D65 PQ, and Rec. 2020 HLG, and Rec. 2020 PQ for HDR10
• Easily convert HDR to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video
• Support in the iTunes Store Package to link a Dolby Vision graded video file to a Dolby Vision XML

• Encode video in the High Efficiency Video Coding format (HEVC, also known as H.265) for file sizes up to 40 percent smaller than H.264 while preserving the same visual quality*
• Create a custom HEVC export setting in Compressor and use it in Final Cut Pro
• Send Final Cut Pro and Motion projects to Compressor to encode video in the HEVC format
• Create a self-contained HEVC droplet for drag-and-drop encoding on the desktop

• Encode MXF files with support for a wide range of codecs and parameters
• New MXF presets include AVC-Intra, D-10 / IMX, ProRes, and XDCAM HD in a variety of frame rates and resolutions
• Support for ProRes and 10-bit Uncompressed video within an MXF container
• Support for HDR video in an MXF container

* HEVC support requires macOS High Sierra

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5

56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Encoding done right


This program gets the short end of the stick. As it is not very flashy and does not try to impress anyone with it’s interface.

But for an encoder, its great.

I can totally see why that is counter intuitive as it just takes up more processing and resources away from the machine running it. The way it incodes is a lot like a command prompt render que on a Windows machine. (Which is nothing flashy either) It loads up resources into a batch que and then without any sort of graphic interface besides text and starts encoding.

Which makes it a really strong tool for anyone that needs a large amount of FCPX or other projects rendered into a usable compressed sequence.
Keepping everything to the bare minimum means that this program exports faster than FCPX and Motion could as it does not have to load up extra data and just get right to work.

There are plenty of options and way to costumize the output format. For me I really like the GIF option as it makes it easy to export a smaller and even faster file to send to my clients and have them take a look at the sequince without going all the way to sending a full copy.

There are a lot of cheaper products out there that probably could do just as good of job, but this one is constantly being updated and has a good devloper backing it. So if you run FCPX this is a must have to save time on the exporting process.

The price is $50 and it has been since 2011.

A Great Piece of Software!


Apple offers some pretty amazing software, but Compressor is by far one of the most under rated programs out there. If you ever needed to convert Audio files to different formats, or convert video from stand definition to high definition look no further. Compressor can do a lot, and I highly recommend taking a look at Compressor’s User Guide to take full advantage of it’s capabilities! The best part is once you pay for it the software is yours, and it does not require a montly fee for use like Adobe Media Encoder.

Does not support XAVC-S mp4 files from Sony Cameras


I have a Sony FDR-AX53 and record using XAVC-S to get individual files. I want to take those files I recorded and share them with people on Dropbox and to do that I need to compress them. You'd think this app will support this use case, being called Compressor and all... but when trying to open those mp4 files from my Sony cam Apple Compressor says "Error trying to open source media file."

This is just a shame... and with the direction Apple is taking in abandoning pro users I'm starting to feel like I cannot trust them any longer.


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Rated 4+
© 2011-2018


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