1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 28, 2013 10:01 AM by Steven Cohen
Steve Garman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Will Compressor 4 run as a stand alone without FCPX?


I use FCP 7.0.3 and have COmpressor 3. I wondered if Compressor 4 would run on my MacPro and would I see any improvement over Compressor 3?


4 isn't tied down to FCPX I hope.






iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1
  • 1. Re: Will Compressor 4 run as a stand alone without FCPX?
    Steven Cohen Level 3 Level 3 (760 points)

    Unless you need some special encoding that compressor 3.5 can't do, I would not "upgrade" to version 4.  I bought the new version after FCP X hosed my version of 3.5 thinking it would solve my problem.  It only created more problems for me. (BTW, I was subsequently able to resurrect the 3.5 version with compressor repair and doing a bunch of other stuff!)  The new version has Apple Qmaster incorporated into it which on the surface looks like an advantage.  But I have not been able to get it to form a quick cluster despite numerous attempts.  I have "spoken" to Russ on the forum here and he can't figure it out.  I have spoken several times to a seemingly knowlegable Apple care  specialist- they can reproduce my problem but they can't fix it  either.  Consequently, encoding is much slower in Compressor  4 vs 3.  If compressor 3 is doing what you need it to do, stick with it.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!!!!