Quick and Easy Compressor Workflow: Batch Template Method

Batch templates simplify and accelerate your transcoding workflow. The following workflow shows you a quick and easy way to use Compressor with batch templates.

Stage 1: Choosing a Batch Template

To use Compressor with this workflow, you must choose a batch template.

To open Compressor and choose a batch template
  1. Double-click the Compressor icon in the Applications folder.

    Compressor opens with the Batch Template Chooser and an empty untitled batch with a placeholder job.

    Figure. Default Compressor window layout, including the Template Chooser and an empty untitled batch window.

    The Batch Template Chooser contains options for the standard Apple batch templates (described in step 2).

    Figure. Batch Template Chooser.

    You can also add custom batch templates. For more information, see Creating a Custom Batch Template.

    Note: To see the Compressor interface configured similarly to what is shown above, choose a Standard layout from the Layouts submenu of the Window menu. To prevent the Batch Template Chooser from opening when you open Compressor, click the “Don’t show this dialog again” checkbox, or, in Compressor Preferences, choose Show Blank Template.

  2. Click one of the options in the Batch Template Chooser to select it.

    Figure. Batch Template Chooser with item selected.

    The standard Apple batch templates are listed below.

    • Create Audio Podcast: Use this template to create an AAC audio file suitable for podcasting and add it to the iTunes library.
    • Create Blu-ray: Use this template to create BD H.264 video and Dolby Digital Professional (.ac3) audio files and automatically burn them to a Blu-ray disc or an AVCHD disc (AVCHD discs can be played in Blu-ray Disc players that are compatible with the AVCHD format).

      Note: Blu-ray output options are available only on computers that have Final Cut Studio installed.

    • Create DVD: Use this template to create a standard definition DVD using MPEG-2 (.m2v) video and Dolby Digital Professional (.ac3) audio and automatically burn it to a disc.
    • Publish to Apple TV: Use this template to create a video file suitable for viewing on Apple TV and add it to the iTunes library.
    • Publish to YouTube: Use this template to create a video file suitable for viewing on YouTube and upload it to a YouTube account.
    • Publish to MobileMe: Use this template to create video files suitable for viewing on MobileMe and upload them to a MobileMe account.
    • Create Web Reference Movie: Use this template to create a reference movie that enables a web browser and a server to automatically select the right movie for any device or connection speed, without requiring the viewer to make a choice.

    Note: Your choice of a template should be based on the intended use of the output media file you are creating. If there is no obvious template for your intended workflow, you may want to try the manual method. For more information, see Quick and Easy Compressor Workflow: Manual Method. For information about creating custom templates, see Creating a Custom Batch Template.

  3. Click Choose.

    Compressor applies a target to the placeholder job. The target contains the appropriate transcoding setting (based on the template you chose), the default destination (Source), and a suggested output filename, based on the source filename and the name of the applied setting.

    Figure. Batch window with placeholder job.

    In the spirit of this simplified batch template workflow, it is recommended that you accept the default destination Source (the same folder as the source media files originated from) specified in the Destination column. For more advanced information about destinations, see Creating and Changing Destinations.

Stage 2: Adding a Source Media File

Drag a source file from the Finder or the desktop to the placeholder job in the Batch window.

Note: You can drag in only one source file because batch templates contain only one job. If you drag multiple files to the job, only the last file is added to this job and all other files are ignored.

Stage 3: Submitting the Batch

Once the job includes a source media file, a setting, a destination, and an output filename, it is ready for processing.

To submit the batch for processing
  • Click the Submit button to submit the batch containing your job.

A dialog appears where you can name this submission, choose whether to use distributed processing, and set the priority of this submission. In most cases you can leave the settings as they are and just click Submit.

Figure. Submit dialog.

For more details about this Submit dialog, see Submitting a Batch.

After you submit a batch, you can open the Compressor History window or the Batch Monitor application so you can monitor the transcoding progress of your batch. You can also set Compressor Preferences to open Batch Monitor automatically.

Stage 4: Using Post-Transcoding Actions

Almost every batch template includes an automatic post-transcoding action. When Compressor has completed transcoding one of these batch template jobs to an output media file, it will execute a corresponding automatic action, such as uploading the file to a YouTube account, running an Automator workflow, or burning a DVD.

For more information about job actions such as these, see Job Action Tab and Adding Actions.

The following list indicates the default post-transcoding job action for each Compressor batch template.

  • Create Audio Podcast: Add to iTunes Library.
  • Create Blu-ray: Create Blu-ray Disc.

    Note: Blu-ray output options are available only on computers that have Final Cut Studio installed.

  • Create DVD: Create DVD.
  • Publish to Apple TV: Add to iTunes Library.
  • Publish to YouTube: Publish to YouTube.
  • Publish to MobileMe: Publish to MobileMe.
  • Create Web Reference Movie: Create Web Reference Movie.

Stage 5: Saving Custom Batch Templates—Optional

For information about the optional step of creating custom templates, see Creating a Custom Batch Template.