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  • fleis Level 1 Level 1

    Same problem here.

    Brand new MBP i7 with ML, last updates, FCPX 10.0.5 and compressor 4.0.4 purchased from app store.

    Compressor stall everytime, it's very fragile.


    FCPX runs well, no problems, but when I try to export using compressor settings or using send to compressor, when I open compressor and try to mark chapters to make MPEG2 export (later for DVD), Compressor takes too much time and never ends.


    It's very erratic, with small exports of videos very small (less than 1 minute), compressor stalls, the beach ball starts to move and never ends.


    I think there are a real problem between compressor 4 and ML, something that Apple knows but there aren't a real and direct solution.


    I think we need to open a Compressor BIG issues thread and report it to apple, we are paying for software that is not working, it looks worst than Microsoft.

  • fleis Level 1 Level 1

    Another option could be to downgrade to compressor 4.0.3, anyone have seen better experience with the previous version ?

  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6

    If you downgrade your still using the same MPEG-2 plug-in. Have you repaired disc permissions?

  • fleis Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, I repaired permissions, but i think it's not a permission problem.

    Compressor has a lot of stability issues, it's not normal that you need to stay repairing permissions every day to try to use an app, it looks like the app has compatibility problems.


    For example, the preview windows is very fragile, trying to put chapters inside and move the video back and forth, this hang the app (beachball starts and never ends).


    So my solution is trying to not use the compressor, but for some things (like doing chapters to DVD) i need it, and it has very good export settings that FCPX hasn't


    My point that in a PRO environment it's almost impossible for use the compressor app, it's look like a beta or worst.

  • bikinijack Level 2 Level 2

    I agree with fleis, as I said, I have done virtually everything I can think of trying to resolve this issue.  But again, it is a Mountain Lion issue according to my contact at Apple, and the good news is that they know about it, the bad news is we have no idea when the update will be.  I am now using Toast 11, but it is a real hassle for certain things.  I miss Compressor.

  • fleis Level 1 Level 1

    Compressor 4.0.4 it's unusuable.

    Impossible to use an app that don't allow you to work, at least in my environment (ML and Compressor).

  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6

    If your having that much problems with Compressor you should take your Mac into an Apple Store and let them have a look at it. You can also try Compressor on one of their Macs.


    I've been using Compressor for about 10 years. Ten years ago I would agree with you (no h.265 back then). It was so bad I didn't use it. It was crap-oh-la!!! This is the best version I have every used.

  • fleis Level 1 Level 1

    I think the problem is not the mac. In my case Im using two macs, one imac i5 and other brand new mbp i7, both with Mountain Lion and compressor is very unstable.


    I think the problem is the combination of Mountain Lion and compressor, there are something that doesn't like each other.


    For example Im trying to export using compressor settings a small video, I trying to mark the chapters using preview and moving the video back and forth and boom, the beachball starts spinning and I need to force quit the compressor.


    David are you using Mountain Lion?

  • fleis Level 1 Level 1

    bikinijack, I suggest you try those apps, maybe it could help.

    In my case Im trying not to use the compressor until apple fix it, at least for ML.


    There are a nice tool caller "Compressor repair" (free) from Digital Rebellion that makes some "repairs" to the compressor app (like trash preferences, trash caches,etc) maybe could be help


    The other app that it's very interesting is


    Promaitenance is a series of mini apps to solve and troubleshoot problems (one of it is compressor repair). Maybe it could help to solve FCPX issues and compressor too.

    It cost 139 but I'm thinking to purchase it because it's good to have a "repair kit" in case of problems.


    Let me know if the compressor repair improve your experience, in my case I used it, later start to use compressor (at least the first minutes goes well) but later it hangs again, beachball spinning..

  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6

    What I was saying is, "Take your Mac in to have them check bout you running stem and computer."


    Try this.. Go to System Prefs... User... Make a new user account and see if that works.


    I'm running ML 8.1...


    Click on the fullscreen button and set the resolution to 1080p.


  • bikinijack Level 2 Level 2

    Thanks, fleis, believe me, I have all those, as I said earlier I was absolutely desperate to try to figure this out so I was buying anyting that might make Compressor work.  I reinstalled everything too.  Beach ball. 


    It is Mountain Lion.  One suggestion they made to me by my Apple friend mentioned above was to make a partition on my hard drive with Lion on it, then reboot in Lion and use Compressor that way. The problem is, I know how to make a partition when I am going from Lion to Mountain Lion, but I am not sure how to do that from ML to Lion (ML won't let me make a Lion partition).

  • fleis Level 1 Level 1

    Yes it's frustrating..


    Maybe an option could be to use VMWARE Fusion, it allows you to run another OS in a windows, making a virtual machine and install lion inside the VM.


    It's crazy, but it could be an option until somebody in apple solves the issues.


    It's very clear that Compressor 4.0.4 has some problems that in certain cases has serious issues at the point that it's unusable.


    In my case in 2 different macs it fail, so it's not a isolated problem of one user, it's more than this.


    In general I have seen that Preview Windows it's very problematic in Compressor, it looks like very slow.


    FCPX and Motion works perfect, the problems is the Compressor.

  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6

    Un-mount the SL partition. SL and ML on the same drive or separate drives should not make a difference.

  • bikinijack Level 2 Level 2

    I tried what David suggested.  Nothing, just the 95% ML Beach Ball Compressor Hang even with a diofferent user.

  • fleis Level 1 Level 1

    Have you used compressor repair and the Pro maintainance tool that I suggested?

    The pro maintainance you can download a free trial and run the "Quick fix" that removes a lots of caches .