QuickTime Transcoding Workflow

The following sections outline the transcoding process required to create QuickTime output media files.

Stage 1: Opening the QuickTime Encoder Pane

There are many QuickTime video and audio codecs that you can choose from in Compressor. You access all codecs via the Compression Settings and Sound Settings dialogs, opened from the QuickTime Encoder pane by clicking the Video Settings and Audio Settings buttons.

To confirm or create a QuickTime Movie setting
  1. In the Settings tab, do one of the following:

    • Make sure that the correct setting is selected.

    • Create a new setting by choosing QuickTime Movie from the “Create a new setting” (+) pop-up menu.

  2. Open the Encoder pane in the Inspector window.

    The default QuickTime Encoder pane appears, containing the Video and Audio Settings buttons, Enable pop-up menus, the Streaming pop-up menu, the Options button (dimmed), and the Summary table. See About the QuickTime Movie Encoder Pane for more information.

    Figure. QuickTime Encoder pane with default settings.

    Note: Make sure that the Enable pop-up menus next to the Settings buttons are set to Enable if you want those settings included in the transcoding.

Stage 2: Adding a QuickTime Video Codec

To add a QuickTime video codec to your setting, you need to open the Compression Settings dialog and choose a video codec from the Compression Type pop-up menu.

Note: If you don’t intend to use any video settings, deselect the Enable checkbox next to the Video Settings button.

To open the QuickTime Encoder pane and apply a video codec
  1. Click the Video Settings button in the QuickTime Encoder pane.

    The Compression Settings dialog opens.

    Figure. Compression Settings dialog.
  2. Choose a video codec from the Compression Type pop-up menu and either accept its defaults or customize the other settings (Motion, Encoding Mode, Quality, Depth, and Options, if available). See any of the following for more information about video codecs:

    Note: You can see the current contents of your setting by viewing the Summary table.

  3. Click OK to save changes and close this dialog.

Stage 3: Adding a QuickTime Audio Codec

If you want to add an audio codec to your setting, you need to open the Sound Settings dialog and choose your audio codec settings from there.

Note: If you don’t intend to use any audio settings, deselect the Enable checkbox next to the Audio Settings button.

To open the QuickTime Encoder pane and apply an audio codec
  1. Click the Audio Settings button in the QuickTime Encoder pane.

    The Sound Settings dialog opens.

    Figure. Sound Settings dialog.
  2. Choose an audio codec from the Format pop-up menu and either accept its defaults or customize the other audio codec settings (Format, Channels, Rate, and Options, if available).

    See any of the following for more information about audio codecs:

    Note: You can see full details of the current contents of your setting by viewing the Summary table.

  3. Click OK to save your settings and close this dialog.

Adding Additional Settings and Presets

Although the output format setting is the most important component of the Compressor workflow, you can also add other settings and presets, such as filters, cropping, frame sizing, actions, and destinations. For further instructions on how to add these settings, see the following: