By Apple

  • Category: Video
  • Release Date: 2011-06-21
  • Current Version: 4.4.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 382.83 MB
  • Developer: Apple
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.13.6 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 573 Ratings


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 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 HEVC, 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 CEA-608, SRT, 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 multi-pass 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 10.13.6 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. ProRes RAW requires a Mac computer that supports Metal. Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs. HEVC export requires macOS High Sierra.



  • DO NOT waste your money

    By headerrrkatelyn
    I am so extremely disappointed with this app. I purchased it in order to embed CC files into TV broadcasts as it states it can embed into Mpeg. Yeah, that's a no. I have exported over 20 broadcasts with various settings and all of them resulted in glitchy videos and/or stretched footage. I just don't think this program can handle a 30-minute video, which is unacceptable for the price they are charging. Also, don't even consider purchasing to give it a test run because refunds are not an option. Apple has denied a refund twice without any explanation and no one to speak to. What a joke.
  • Doesn't Work with GH5 10-Bit footage

    By InfinityEspi
    Its 2019 and while final cut supports the Gh5's 10bit, i guess apple forgot about adding support to Compressor. Wanted to make Prores Batch files of a shoot i did but i guess i gotta look towards another program for my transcoding needs.
  • No MKV

    By lostinlodos
    I wanted to say this to help others. Don’t make the same mistake! Container: No support for mkv and issues with webm. Since both are two of the three most common current non-physical-media containers with mp4... it’s a shame WebM is limited by codec constraints. Matroska is non-existent. Video: Doesn’t respond well to pull-out framing. Such as placing 640x480 4:3 video in a 1280x720 16:9 frame to be resized by the player. Audio: No support for pass through? I understand not including decoding-encoding of some codecs but for a commercial product—why can I not pass DTS or non-complaint AAC-HE (varied from standards HE-AAC), or other formats, through. I use both SF and IMP as well. Compressor simply throws an error the file can not be loaded. I was hoping for a native, supported, compression system to turn my 4K finals into smaller resolution (and size) streams at 1080:60, 720:60, 480:30 videos. Which can then be placed in an MKV container as alternate video streams for single file transfer to a server. This turned out to be an expensive donation to apple for me. With two free AV libraries in standard use across third party apps on MacOS, it would be nice to at least allow pass through rather than simply refusing to load.
  • Worked, then didn't (Edited)

    By Grace Fellowship
    We have used this compressor program many many times in the past couple years. It has worked fantastically for these times, up until the most recent update. Since this update the compressor "failed" 90% of the time with no fail code, no matter what source the video was coming from or going to. Deleted and redownloaded to see if there is just a glitch in the program. Will Update if anything changes. **EDIT** After talking with the engineers of the application, we have found that there was an issue with the user preferences. After Restoring the user preferences, and building all of my templates from the ground up again, it is working fine. Good response time from engineering team.
  • Great tool!

    By Michael Zoradi
    It encodes my video. It is awesome.
  • Terrible! It crashes when compressing H.264 to HEVC.

    By Allan Mentzingen
    Simply unuseful. The main purpose I bought it was to compress H.264 and HEVC (H.265) videos, but this software can't deal with it. I want my money back!!!
  • Fails at h.264 compression.

    By Purgpow
    Compressor: 4.3.2 Overall this is a nice compressing app, the interface is user friendly and simple to use, I wish more apps were this clean and focused on just doing what they are suppose to do. The batch rendering feature in this app is a god send. I have one issue with Compressor, and it is kinda a big one for me. It is horrible at h.264 compression, which is weird having an Apple product that cant do h.264 well. If you Compress using the more lossless formats like 4:2:2 or 4:4:4:4 the app has great results and fast render times, but h.264 is slow and horrible quality compared to Adobe products ore even the freeware HandBrake. So I use this app to render my videos in apple ProRes 4:2:2 and then I use “HandBrake” to get them to a smaller file size and the h.264 format with out quality loss. There is no reason Adobe and freeware products should kick the pants off of Apple when it comes to Compressing video to h.264 format but they do and Apple should fix this. i’m removing 2 stars from this product rating because an app that is solely designed to compress video files should be amazing at just that, and this one fall short when dealing with the h.264 codex.
  • Great job Apple

    By TeddyWright123
    Great Job Apple
  • 4.4.3 Beach Ball

    By BryanSnider
    This review is not for compressor as a whole, simply to review 4.4.3. I love this software and it has always worked great until now. Ever since upgrading, I've been unable to use this version of the software. Despite using FCS remover to completely remove the software, new ram, complete reformate of OS Drive, and a trip to the Apple store for days of intensive hardware testing, the software hangs and freezes. I've removed third party ram, created new user account. I'm not sure what else to do other than wait for an update. I'm running a 2015 iMAC 5K with 24GB ram, 4.0GHZ and M395X GPU
  • Not the best DVD Authoring Software

    By wmills01
    In the help section of Apple's video/movie producing software Final Cut, Compressor is advertised as "DVD Authoring" software. However, Compressor is mainly a stand-alone media conversion software, converting audio or video files into different formats. This includes a Create DVD option with the output as either a DVD Image or to a connected DVD burner, but it does not have the ability to produced stylish menus for DVD's. Compressor is quite versatile, but the App "iMedia Converter Deluxe" will perform almost as well, has a better user-friendly interface, and can produce stylish menus for DVDs. If you want the ability to have maximum flexibility in converting media and don't have either Final Cut or iMedia Converter Deluxe, Compressor is a good choice.