Compressor 4 release notes

Learn about current and previous Compressor updates.

Before installing a Compressor update, make sure to back up any custom Compressor settings and the version of Compressor that you’re updating.

New in Compressor 4.3

  • Redesigned dark interface puts the focus on your video, with a streamlined presentation of batches and settings
  • Detailed video and audio file information is now displayed in the Inspector
  • Deliver video in standard Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 color spaces, or in wide Rec. 2020 color space
  • iTunes Store Package preview lets you audition alternative audio, closed captions, or subtitles to verify sync
  • iTunes Store Package media pass-through lets you bypass unnecessary compression
  • iTunes Store Package preview lets you seamlessly switch between audio streams during asset playback to speed up verification
  • Batch warnings and failures are now reported with detailed, actionable notes
  • Still image improvements include support for multiple color spaces and higher bit depths
  • Support for DPX, Cineon, OpenEXR still images
  • Support for OpenEXR image sequences
  • Enhanced DPX support delivers more accurate interpretation of color information, pixel aspect ratio, interlacing, and timing
  • Improved performance for image processing including frame rate conversions, interlacing, scaling, optical flow retiming, effects, and color space conversions
  • Automatic selection of optimal bit depth allows for higher-quality transcoding, color processing, and effects
  • Improved efficiency of CPU and GPU processing
  • New DVD disc templates give you more menu and background options
  • New options for DVD authoring let you loop playback, add motion menus, and customize menu images

Compressor 4.3 also includes the following:

  • Subtitles are validated on import with detailed, actionable notes
  • Automatic language detection for iTunes Store package assets

Previous versions

Compressor 4.2.2:

  • 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices
  • Fixes an issue in which Closed Caption files could be incorrectly labeled as SDH subtitles when creating an iTunes Store Package
  • Fixes an issue in which the Navigation window fails to display the source clip when the Preview window is zoomed
  • Launch screen displays correctly on OS X El Capitan
  • Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list

Compressor 4.2.1

  • Fixes an issue that could cause Compressor to unexpectedly quit after migrating a user account to another system
  • Restores the ability to use markers for i-frame placement in H.264 exports
  • Exports interlaced H.264 files
  • Improves audio and video sync of closed captions and subtitles

Compressor 4.2

New features

  • Create an iTunes Store Package for iTunes Store submission
  • Easily add your movie, trailer, closed captions, and subtitles to your iTunes Store Package
  • Preview closed captions and subtitles right in the Viewer
  • Zoom in the Viewer to watch content with true pixel accuracy
  • GPU rendering when using "Send to Compressor" with support for dual GPUs
  • Hardware-accelerated, multi-pass H.264 encoding on compatible systems
  • Automatic bit-rate calculation to MPEG-4 and H.264 QuickTime movies
  • Display and assign channels to QuickTime audio tracks prior to processing
  • Optional matrix stereo down-mix when processing surround sound for QuickTime output
  • CABAC entropy mode for multi-pass encoding

Compressor 4.2 also includes the following:

  • Jobs submitted via Droplet now appear in the Active and Completed tabs
  • Improved stability when using Apple AES3 Audio format with ProRes 422 HQ

Compressor 4.1.3

  • Compressor 4.1.3 fixes reliability issues when burning a Blu-ray Disc or creating a Blu-ray disk image

Compressor 4.1.2

  • Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
  • Status display and improved responsiveness when using "Send to Compressor" from Final Cut Pro X and Motion
  • Improved performance and color accuracy when encoding H.264 source files from GoPro cameras
  • Fixes issues transcoding alpha channels in image sequences

This update also includes the following:

  • General stability improvements

Compressor 4.1.1

  • Resolves issues with installing Compressor on a computer where Qmaster was previously enabled
  • Improves the reliability of "Send to Compressor" from Final Cut Pro X
  • Addresses distributed encoding errors when source files are not on the startup volume
  • Fixes errors that could cause a hang when submitting a batch
  • Fixes a stability issue that could occur if multiple Compressor plug-ins are installed
  • Resolves an issue when viewing a plug-in setting without the plug-in installed
  • Includes general stability improvements

Compressor 4.1

  • New interface with a single-window layout and streamlined controls
  • Preset Destinations for common encoding tasks
  • Simplified setup for distributed encoding
  • Hardware-based H.264 encoding in supported Share operations
  • Support for Dolby Digital Plus encoding
  • Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
  • Share directly to Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou

Compressor 4.0.7

  • Removes 1 GB file size limit for uploads to Vimeo
  • Fixes a stability issue when playing back certain MPEG-2 files
  • Fixes a stability issue in Qmaster when processing multiple jobs

Compressor 4.0.6

This update improves overall stability and performance including fixing an issue with uploading clips larger than 1 GB to Vimeo.

Compressor 4.0.5

  • Improved cluster setup eliminates the need to have Compressor open on all cluster nodes
  • Ability to use encoding clusters without administrator authentication
  • Addresses an issue related to third-party QuickTime components that could prevent Compressor from opening

Compressor 4.0.4

Compressor version 4.0.4 improves overall stability and performance including:

  • Enhancements to Share Monitor for MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
  • Resolves a stability issue that could occur when selecting the Publish to YouTube job action from the Inspector

Compressor 4.0.3

  • Ability to run Compressor on a Mac without a monitor
  • Fixes an issue with exporting when logged in as an Open Directory user
  • Improves performance when encoding MP4 and AVI files
  • Adds an export setting for 1080p video on compatible iOS devices

Compressor 4.0.2

  • Markers are set as chapter markers by default
  • Adds Uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit 4:2:2 to export settings list
  • Improves the speed of transcoding from Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 to ProRes

Compressor 4.0.1

  • Updates the bitrates in Cellular settings for HTTP Live Streaming
  • Fixes an issue with accessing QuickTime Export Component settings in Final Cut Pro X
  • Fixes an issue in which This Computer cluster does not appear when OS X is configured in Chinese
  • Resolves stability issues when launching Soundtrack Pro after Compressor 4 is installed

 

Back up Compressor

To back up the currently installed Compressor application:

  1. Create a new folder in the Applications folder, and name it after the application (for example, "Compressor 4.2.2"). To check your version of Compressor, open the application and choose About Compressor from the Compressor menu.
  2. Select the Compressor application in the Applications folder. Choose File > Compress "Compressor." It will take a few minutes to compress. 
  3. Move the resulting "Compressor.zip" file into the folder you created in step 1.
  4. Move the folder containing the .zip file to a backup drive.

To back up Compressor settings, copy any custom settings files from ~/Library/Application Support/Compressor/Settings to a new folder.

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