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Tip #107: Speed Test: Apple Compressor vs. Adobe Media Encoder
You need to get work done. Which is faster?
In a recent series of tests between Apple Compressor (v.4.4.5) and Adobe Media Encoder 2019 (AME), I discovered that, in almost all cases, Adobe Media Encoder is faster at compressing a file into either H.264 or HEVC. (Both these formats are commonly used for social media.)
In fact, the speed differences averaged 38% faster for AME compressing files into H.264; as you can see in this chart.
The results were even more dramatic when compressing different codecs into HEVC. Compressor was 45% faster, on average, when compressing into 8-bit HEVC, but AME was 75% faster when compressing into 10-bit HEVC. In fact, Compressor was unable to successfully compress a ProRes 4444 file into 10-bit HEVC; consistently failing during multiple tests.
If speed is your goal, AME is generally the better choice.