Compressor: Third-Party Plug-Ins

Apple Compressor 3rd party plug-ins allow you to expand the capability of the already powerful encoding and compression software by adding support for formats that Apple does not provide, with a standard installation of the program. Some plug-ins also add functionality not included with Compressor that can make various tasks easier or faster to perform. This step-by-step guide will show to locate and install 3rd party plug-ins in Compressor.

What You Will Need

  • Apple Compressor installed on your computer
  • 3rd party plug-in for Compressor

Step 1: Locate Needed 3rd Party Plug-in

First, you'll be defining the compressor third-party plug-ins that you are interested in downloading. To find them, you can use your favorite search engine and enter terms like compressor plug-ins; or, if you know the name of the plug-in, simply enter the name into the text box and press the search button.

Another good way to find compressor plug-ins is to visit forums or message groups that are related to Final Cut Pro or Apple Compressor. On these websites, users will frequently post information or questions about various third-party plug-ins that can make your editing and encoding tasks easier and more productive.

Step 2: Download and Save to Your Computer

Once you have located a third-party plug-in you would like to add to Apple Compressor, you should download it and save it to the computer. Although some programs may give you the option of installing from the website, it is a good practice to save the plug-in to your local computer - just in case you need it again in the future.

So, when Europe opted to run or save the file, choose the save option and downloaded to the compressor default plug-in directory, or save it in another directory is to change the default compressor folder settings.

Step 3: Install the Plug-In

Before you can use the third-party plug-in in Compressor, you'll need to verify that it has been installed into the proper folder. Therefore, browse to the directory you use for plug-ins to verify the existence of the new plug-in. By default, Compressor uses the following folder for plug-ins: Compressor / Library / Application Support / Compressor System Support / Plugins. You can usually use another folder if you like; however, most plug-ins do require that the folder be a sub-folder of the folder where Compressor is installed.

If the 3rd party plug-in has a package installer, the installer will usually locate the Compressor plug-in folder automatically and prompt you to use that folder for installation. However, if the plug-in does not come with an installer package, you will be required to copy the plug-in into the correct folder. Once the plug-in is in the right place, start Compressor normally and the plug-in should be available for use.

Step 4: Make Sure Plug-In Works

Once you have installed the plug-in, you can now check to see if the plug-in is available and functioning as it should. If you have problems with a specific plug-in, check to make sure that it is in the correct folder (or else Compressor won't know where to look for it). If the plug-in is in the correct folder and still does not work, verify that you have a license to use the plug-in and that it is properly activated. If you are using a commercial plug-in, you will have to purchase and activate a license before it will be available for use in Compressor.

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