Compressor free download for Mac


09 October 2019

Adds power and flexibility to Final Cut Pro X encoding and exporting.


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.

  • Powerful 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.
  • Time-Saving Encoding Workflow
    • Experiment freely with encoding options, using real-time feedback in the Preview window.
    • Find exactly the setting you need in just a few clicks in the updated settings library.
    • Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files.
    • Build batch templates 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.
  • Industry-Standard Encoding Support
    • 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.
    • Add chapter markers for discs or podcasts distributed on iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV.
    • Encode to a broad range of industry-standard formats, such as MPEG-2, H.264, and ProRes.
    • 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 from its source format to another format, 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 cores and workstations.
    • Install Compressor on any Mac to activate it as a cluster node for distributed encoding.
    • Speed up encoding in Final Cut Pro by choosing a Compressor cluster for output processing.
    • Activate QuickCluster for dynamic configuration of nodes based on available resources.

What's new in Compressor

Version 4.4.5:
  • New Metal-based processing engine improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks including rendering, compositing, and exporting
  • Enhances graphics performance with support for multiple GPUs including Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo on Mac Pro
  • Optimizes CPU performance with support for up to 28 CPU cores on Mac Pro
  • Accelerates ProRes and ProRes RAW playback when using the Afterburner card on Mac Pro
  • View and deliver stunning High Dynamic Range video on Pro Display XDR
  • View High Dynamic Range video tone-mapped to compatible Standard Dynamic Range displays when using Compressor on macOS Catalina
  • Improved load balancing of graphics processing across multiple GPUs

4 Compressor Reviews

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21 January 2013

Most helpful

A pity Apple wants money for this codec add-on. It should be included in FCPX in the first place. Off course this is 5 star but just for Apple being greedy: minus 1 1/2 stars. Pity.
Like (5)
Version 4.0.6
05 April 2017
I compress video as a profession, using Episode Encoder, ffmpeg, Adobe Media Encoder, and Compressor. Of the three, Episode is the fastest, AME is the most convenient and fairly fast, and Compressor is unreliable for a production environment and requires the most supervision and troubleshooting. The latest version is a big improvement. However, there are still problems. - Unresponsive beachball for 30secs-2 mins. - Failed encodes - Hassles with submitting jobs to cluster — Job fails completely — File not found errors — Cluster computers idle when they should be processing - There is no batch send from Final Cut as there was in FCP 7, and is in Premiere - There are no file-naming output options as found in other encoders - There is no post-processing e.g. FTP upload I frequently share feedback with Apple and have worked with them to resolve many problems, but they are slow to update the app and the slowness remains.
Version 4.3.1
01 December 2016
Colors are now washed out in 4.3 compared to prior versions when exporting (at least to mp4). I've tried messing with gamma settings etc. Unfortunately that's a big deal and should not be happening. Otherwise, a very useful app I've submitted feedback to Apple.
Version 4.3
1 answer(s)
12 December 2016
User error! Mea culpa - mpegStream clip was part of the workflow and its gamma setting influenced what I thought was "normal". Compressor 4.3 is truest to the original.
21 January 2013
A pity Apple wants money for this codec add-on. It should be included in FCPX in the first place. Off course this is 5 star but just for Apple being greedy: minus 1 1/2 stars. Pity.
Like (5)
Version 4.0.6
11 April 2012
4.0.3 has been released
Like (4)
Version 4.0.2


App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.13.6 or later
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