I'm currently trying to get distributed processing to work using two different computers on the same network running the same versions of osx, fcpx, and compressor. When I go to choose the group I made from the "process on:" dropdown, it will not let me choose the group that I made. I'm trying to export to compressor directly from FCPX, and that works, but it would be much faster if I could farm out the videos from this computer to my other mac. Does anyone have any idea why I can't select my group?

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Compressor 4.1 does not support distributed renderings for other programs (such as FCPX). This is documented on page 11 of the Transitioning To Compressor document. You can only do distributed encoding for transcodes defined entirely within Compressor, not renders.

  • Okay, I missed that detail when reviewing the white paper; it makes more sense now. So the only way I can use the distributed processing function is to use compressor to transcode existing videos by building a batch from scratch within compressor then?
    – Alex
    Feb 11, 2014 at 19:21
  • @Alex - right, and it would have to already have been rendered out of FCPX. This makes sense when you think about it because Compressor knows how to distribute the load of its compression algorithms, but doesn't have any information on how to distribute FCPX rendering tasks.
    – AJ Henderson
    Feb 11, 2014 at 19:25

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