Compressor updated with 64-bit architecture, now supports closed captions in the SRT format

Apple today announced the Compressor 4.4.2 app alongside the major Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4 update which itself brought out support for third-party workflow extensions.

Compressor is Apple’s advanced encoding companion to Final Cut Pro.

The app now supports SRT closed captions allowing video editors to deliver their captioned video to the web and international markets without compatibility issues.

Under the hood, the app has moved to a new 64-bit engine. Apple says this lets Compressor take full advantage of all the memory in your Mac to boost performance when encoding high resolution and high frame rate video.

While the engine is now 64-bit, the app still supports for 32-bit codecs for those times when you need to work with key legacy formats.

Here’s the full changelog:

  • 64-bit architecture takes advantage of all memory in your Mac to support high resolution images and projects.
  • Backward compatibility supports legacy 32-bit formats.
  • View, edit and deliver closed captions in the SRT format, which is used by a wide range of websites including Facebook.
  • Compressor uses source media properties to automatically configure MXF and QuickTime settings.
  • Automatic configuration of settings applies correct frame rate, field order and color space.

Final Cut Pro X and Motion were updated today, too.

Final Cut Pro X received support for third-party workflow extensions from, Shutterstock and CatDV support to the professional video app, plus other new features and enhancements. Motion was enhanced with a comprehensive set of color grading tools and fun new filters such as a customizable comic effect and a tiny planet filter.

Motion gained several new advanced color-grading tools, Core Text engine support and a pair of fun new filters. With the comic effect filter, any image or video becomes color or monochrome comic book illustration. And the tiny planet filter will transform your 360-degree videos into spherical animations that can be keyframed to change over time.

Compressor 4.4.2 is available at no charge to existing users. New customers can get Compressor for $50 from Mac App Store.

Education customers can purchase Apple’s Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99, which includes Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor, Logic Pro X and MainStage.