Custom output settings. Distributed encoding. And a full range of delivery features. Compressor adds power and flexibility for exporting projects from Final Cut Pro.
A simplified interface, intuitive controls, and tight integration with Final Cut Pro make Compressor the perfect companion for custom encoding.
Compressor features a single-window layout, simplified icons, and a darker look to match Final Cut Pro and Motion. The dynamic Preview window shows results in real time as you prepare your footage for encoding. Scrub through video with frame-accurate timecode controls, trim media, and instantly see how effects and filters look when applied to your audio and video.
Share Final Cut Pro export settings
Whether you customize an existing Compressor setting in Final Cut Pro or create an entirely new setting, you can share the results with other Final Cut Pro editors — even if they don’t have Compressor installed on their workstations. Just send them a small settings file and have them copy it to the appropriate folder.
Customizable settings in Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro lets you access the complete library of export settings available in Compressor. Customize any setting just by opening it in Compressor. After saving your changes to the setting, you can access it directly from the Destinations preference pane in Final Cut Pro.
Quickly execute common encoding tasks by selecting from a list of presets and destinations like iPhone, iPad, and video websites like YouTube and Vimeo. For more advanced exports, open the Inspector to access all custom controls in a single window.
Destinations allow you to combine an encode setting with a post-encode action, which automates tasks such as emailing, copying, and moving files or executing a custom script.
With support for a wide range of popular device formats as well as professional video and audio formats, Compressor expands on the encoding options built into Final Cut Pro.
Encode video for Apple devices
Compressor includes a variety of presets that make it easy to deliver content for Apple devices — including iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV. Compressor offers hardware-based H.264 encoding on supported machines to greatly accelerate export.
Web sharing and disc burning
Upload files to popular video websites, including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and CNN iReport. You can also choose from a set of menu templates to create basic Blu-ray discs and DVDs right from Compressor.*
*Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.
Image sequence support
Import Targa, DPX, or Cineon image sequences and encode them to any Compressor setting. You can even include an audio track when you encode.
Broad format support
Quickly set up encoding jobs for a broad range of industry-standard formats, including MPEG-2, H.264, and QuickTime. Or encode to ProRes for stunning quality at surprisingly small file sizes. If you encode files for HTTP live streaming, Compressor delivers all the files you need in a single web-ready folder. For DVD projects, you can also use Compressor for converting surround audio stems into Dolby Digital Professional AC-3.
Advanced encoding options
Use the advanced features of Compressor to add closed-captioning files to MPEG and QuickTime files. You can also add metadata such as keywords, copyright information, and annotations to files as you encode them.
Compressor uses optical flow processing to produce format and standards conversions at exceptional quality. Use Compressor to efficiently convert or retime large numbers of clips.
Format and standards conversions
Convert any file from its source format to any other format — for example, convert from NTSC to PAL, SD to HD, or progressive to interlaced video. Or choose Reverse Telecine to convert 29.97-fps video to 23.98 fps. Compressor offers advanced optical flow analysis to produce format and standards conversions at exceptional image quality.
Speed up video, slow it down, or adjust the frame rate to make the duration match a specific runtime. Compressor produces pristine retiming effects, complete with automatic pitch adjustment for audio.
Dynamic image filters
Choose from a set of convenient image filters to customize and clean up your content as you encode. Easily add a timecode overlay or animated watermarks, which are ideal for identifying your work. Or quickly fix video problems by applying color correction, noise reduction, brightness, and contrast filters — without leaving Compressor.
With distributed encoding features built into Compressor, you can easily use other Mac computers on your network to speed up encoding jobs.
Built into Compressor
Distributed encoding features are part of Compressor, with no need for a separate application. Just install Compressor on any Mac on your network and activate it as a cluster node for distributed encoding.
Encode jobs without dedicated hardware by using preconfigured groups of Mac computers on your network. Shared Computers sets up clusters of encoding nodes based on the availability of designated computers. It can even tap idle processing cores on a single computer, using all the processing power of multicore machines.