What's New in Compressor

Learn about the latest updates for Compressor 4.6.1.

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Preview Window Enhancements

View the transparency of a video*, the aspect ratio of an output, and modified source media properties in the preview viewer.

* Requires macOS Monterey 12.3 or later.

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Optimized for Mac Studio

Optimized transcoding performance for M1 Max and M1 Ultra on the new Mac Studio.


Get complete step-by-step how-to instructions and information on all features in Compressor. For a detailed list of enhancements and fixes in Compressor, refer to the Compressor release notes.

New in Compressor 4.6

  • With Watch Folders, place videos or images in a selected folder in the file system and automatically encode them using any Compressor setting or job action.
  • Play and transcode Canon Cinema RAW Light to other video codecs and formats with the Canon RAW plug-in for Final Cut Pro.
  • Encode videos shot in Cinematic mode on iPhone 13 (requires macOS Monterey).
  • Experience workstation-class playback and graphics performance with optimizations for MacBook Pro models with the M1 Pro or the M1 Max chip.

New in Compressor 4.5.3

  • Improved performance and efficiency on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
  • Receive notifications for completed, failed, and canceled encoding batches.
  • Import files with audio descriptions or add your own in the inspector.

New in Compressor 4.5

  • Convert from log to SDR and HDR color spaces by applying custom camera LUTs or using built-in LUTs for Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Nikon and ARRI log formats.
  • Import and apply third-party creative LUTs.

New in Compressor 4.4.5

  • Metal-based processing engine improves playback and accelerates rendering, compositing, and exporting
  • Speed through encoding tasks by harnessing the power of multiple GPUs, up to 28 CPU cores, and Afterburner card with Mac Pro (2019)
  • View stunning High Dynamic Range video right in the Preview window with Pro Display XDR

New in Compressor 4.4.4

  • Detect media files that require conversion to be compatible with future versions of macOS after macOS Mojave. Learn more
  • Support for ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ formats. Learn more
  • Modern 64-bit architecture takes advantage of all system memory and supports larger frame sizes.
  • Export closed captions in the SRT format, used by a wide range of websites and services. Learn more

New in Compressor 4.4.2

  • Compressor uses source media properties to automatically configure MXF and QuickTime settings. Learn more

New in Compressor 4.4.1

  • Import, view, adjust, and deliver closed captions in either iTT or CEA-608 format. Learn more
  • Support for multiple closed caption languages and formats in an iTunes Store package.
  • Embed captions in an exported video file or create a separate caption sidecar file.
  • Share captioned videos directly to YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Include audio description files in any iTunes Store package.

New in Compressor 4.4

  • Export 360° video in a wide range of formats and frame sizes, then save to your Mac or share on the web. Learn more
  • Deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) video in Rec. 2020 PQ or HLG formats. Learn more
  • Encode with the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) format for high quality at smaller file sizes. Learn more
  • Create MXF files using a variety of new export presets and parameter controls. Learn more
  • Export 360° video files with embedded industry-standard spherical metadata.
  • Support for monoscopic and stereoscopic 360° formats.
  • Deliver HDR video as P3 D65 PQ, and Rec. 2020 HLG, and Rec. 2020 PQ for HDR10.
  • Easily convert HDR to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video.
  • Create a custom HEVC export setting in Compressor and use it in Final Cut Pro.
  • Create a self-contained HEVC droplet for drag-and-drop encoding on the desktop.
  • New MXF presets include AVC-Intra, D-10 / IMX, ProRes, and XDCAM HD in a variety of frame rates and resolutions.
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