By Apple

  • Category: Video
  • Release Date: 2011-06-21
  • Current Version: 4.4.6
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 309.16 MB
  • Developer: Apple
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.14.6 or later.
Score: 3
From 593 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 HLG, and Rec. 2020 PQ • 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 10.14.6 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing), Metal-capable graphics card, 1GB of VRAM 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.



  • Buggy as hell

    By Jonathan1973
    Hasnt worked properly for the last few years... always failures in renders every single time
  • Worst purchase I've ever made

    By WrittenInFilm
    I frequently come back to make sure I leave a bad review every time they update this software and the bugs are still there. Consistenly drops my audio, forcing me to export in fcpx. Usually after waiting 8 hours for de-noising and export, it is a less than pleasant surprise to find out I have to re-export or resort to exporting in fcpx. Check out handbrake instead of this. It's free, it works, and you won't go bald early.
  • You'd think it would do more

    By JPharmD
    It's rather fast at compressing and the files are of high quality, but that's it. Burning an AVCHD (it says it can) is impossible—there's no export option for it. The only option is Blu Ray and it doesn't create the disc properly, nor recognize that I'm trying to burn it onto a DVD, not a BR-D. Creating an ISO doesn't work either. The options for building the DVD/BR menus are super minimal. Apple really could've solved the other end of the production chain by making Compressor the production software to take whatever you made in Motion/Logic/FCPX and then finish it, but alas, it just compresses for $299.
  • Not very good at all

    By jmarking1986
    This app has so much potential, but when I use it there are so many problems. First is the limiter doesnt always work, second when exporting long form videos it will crash or hang 80% of the time. Third, when exporting now I am having random parts of audio cut out when the video is exported and I cannot fix it(yes audio is there when editing). Love its speed when exporting but I cannot rely on it so I am needing to wait for an update.
  • Just total garbage.

    By Mhp1
    If you expect to run more than one movie at a time thru this app. Well - think again - the backgroudn rendering que is a complete fail. It constantly corrupts, pauses, fails. Requiring a flush of prefs and que. In fact there are apps on the web that try and help with this. Use Handbreak it acctually works.
  • I had to buy it again

    By Djangobob1
    beause of all these required updates and its frustrating.
  • Garbage!

    By pootiepop
    The final video looks horrible! I can't continue to use this unless it is fixed. My clients were very disappointed with the video quality. Apple can you PLEASE fix this?
  • Really useful an powerful program – terrible confusing interface.

    By Matt453374327
    It's sort of baffling that really good video compression isn't built into AfterEffects or Quicktime, but... not the case these days. Great app but it's the sort of thing you always end up using under a time crunch (compressing movies for a client presentation, say) and I always have to give myself a frustrating refresher-course in how to use it.
  • Compressor needs to restart your computer...

    By Promiceus
    "Compressor installation is broken and needs to restart your computer to be repaired”. Or whatever the phrasing is. But sudenly during working hours I have to restart my computer, closing Final Cut (another box with bugs), all of my 3D rendering software, audio, all of my network connected computers (each of which of course flashes reports that network computer is disconnected and I have to walk aroud the room to discmiss stupid notification, which is another sad story of modern apple), reopen files and basically just have a full stop during a working day. I cannot believe this comes from Apple. A simple thing aimed at one function cannot cope with itself. On Apple’s OS. And on Apple’s hardware. Tim Cook's world is so exciting: he’s happy to talk big interviews about cycling and greenpeace and pride and has time for all of this, while his engineers cannot complete a small app that converts videos. Oh, forgot to mention why this seemingly little thing dissapointed me so much: it happens on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day!
  • 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.