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compressor_repair_icon.pngEver get Compressor errors, or Compressor won't start encoding, or just plain refuses to Compress?  There's a handy little application that's designed to fix Compressor when it develops problems, Compressor Repair, by Digital Rebellion. 

Sometimes you can fix the problem by Verifying Disc Permissions and Repairing Disc Permissions, but if that doesn't help, try this handy little app.  Because Compressor relies a lot upon Qmaster, Compressor is unable to submit batches if Qmaster fails to launch.  But with Compressor Repair, it checks for problems that could be preventing Qmaster from operating correctly.  It checks for missing files, incorrect permissions, invalid hostname, and attempts to manually start the Qmaster process.  More about Compressor Repair after the jump...


Compressor Repair also resets Qmaster and can trash your Compressor preferences.  To download the free application, just go to Digital Rebellion's website.  Once downloaded, be sure Compressor is closed, and launch Compressor Repair.  If you were having trouble launching Compressor at all, check the box for Trash Preferences; but note, by doing this, it will get rid of any custom preferences you may have set; otherwise, leave the box unchecked, and click on Repair.

compressor_repair_start.pngOnce processing is complete, relaunch Compressor and submit a test batch.  In most cases Compressor Repair will have fixed the problem...if not, you can always reinstall your software.  But I would give Compressor Repair a try first.

GeniusDV offers some introduction to Apple Compressor as part of our 5-day Final Cut Pro training class.  Check out our upcoming class schedule and give us a call.  You can also check out another one of our articles Remote Destinations with Apple Compressor.

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