Compressor 4?

Posted by dcouzin 
Compressor 4?
June 29, 2011 06:50PM
Should I upgrade from Compressor 3.5 to Compressor 4, if I'm concerned only with quality and control, not speed?

1. Is Compressor 4 a freestanding application (with no need for FCP-X)?

2. Does Compressor 4 output higher quality results than Compressor 3.5?
I find 3.5's main weakness in its deinterlacing, rescaling, and other "frame controls". 3.5's "optical flow" algorithms are inefficient and weak compared with competitors' algorithms. Is 4 an all new Compressor based on better image processing algorithms?
Better, smarter coding algorithms would also be nice. Professional quality MPEG-2's would be great.

3. Does Compressor 4 provide as full user control as Compressor 3.5? 3.5's "Inspector" is a bit nutty but workable.


Dennis Couzin
Berlin, Germany
Re: Compressor 4?
June 29, 2011 08:25PM
Compressor 4 is almost exactly the same as 3.5. The only major changes are that Qmaster is integrated into the app now and some new presets have been added and others taken away.

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Re: Compressor 4?
June 30, 2011 08:43AM
Jon: thanks much for the info.

Dennis Couzin
Berlin, Germany
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