Adding Job Actions

You can use job actions to automate your transcoding workflow. For example, you can automatically upload output media files to web streaming sites such as MobileMe and YouTube, burn DVDs and Blu-ray discs, trigger Automator workflows, transfer output media files to iTunes, open output media files in other applications, and create web reference movies. Job actions are integral to the functioning of batch templates.

For more information about batch templates, see Quick and Easy Compressor Workflow: Batch Template Method.

About the Job Actions Tab

You apply and adjust job actions with the Job Action tab in the Inspector window. To use the Job Action tab, you must first select a job in the Batch window.

To open the Job Action tab
  1. Add a source media file to the Batch window so that there is at least one job present in the Batch window.

  2. Select a job in the Batch window.

    The Inspector window opens with the A/V Attributes tab selected. If the Inspector window is not open, click the Inspector button or choose Window > Show Inspector to open it.

  3. Click the Job Action tab to open it.

    Figure. Job Action tab in the Inspector window.

The Job Action tab consists of a single “When job completes” pop-up menu. The list below details the purpose of each option in this pop-up menu. For a detailed description of the user interface for each option, see About Job Actions.

About Job Actions

This section describes the user interface for each job action.

Add to iTunes Library

Use this form to automatically add output media files to iTunes.

Figure. Job action form for adding output media files to iTunes.
Create DVD

Use this form to enter information and settings for the DVD you want to burn.

Important: For information about using Share to burn dual-layer discs, see Using Job Actions to Burn Dual-Layer Discs.

Figure. Job action form for creating a DVD.
  • Title field: Use this field to enter a name for the program on the DVD.
  • “Use Chapter Marker Text as Subtitles” checkbox: Select this checkbox to have marker text appear as subtitles. This is particularly useful for creating DVD dailies. This allows you to line up a series of clips or scenes and identify each item with a marker text-subtitle.
  • Title Graphic button: Opens a dialog for you to locate and select a title graphic.
  • Main Menu and Chapter Menu preview: Use the Main Menu and Chapter Menu buttons to display previews of the menus included with the selected template.
Create Blu-ray Disc

Use this form to enter information and settings for the Blu-ray disc you want to burn. Additionally, you can burn an AVCHD disc based on settings in this form.

An AVCHD disc can be thought of as a simpler HD disc that is burned to red laser media. The resulting disc plays in Blu-ray Disc players that are compatible with the AVCHD format. This means that you can burn a disc that contains HD video content and some basic menu features using a standard DVD burner and play that disc in compatible Blu-ray Disc players. See About the H.264 for Blu-ray Disc Encoder Pane for information on creating H.264 streams suitable for Blu-ray discs and AVCHD discs.

Important: You cannot play any disc containing Blu-ray content on a Mac computer.

You choose whether to burn a Blu-ray disc or an AVCHD disc by your choice in the Output Device pop-up menu. The setting descriptions below identify which items do not apply to AVCHD discs.

Figure. Job action form for creating a Blu-ray disc.
  • Title field: Use this field to enter a name for the program on the Blu-ray disc.
  • “Use Chapter Marker Text as Subtitles” checkbox: Select this checkbox to have marker text appear as subtitles. This is particularly useful for creating Blu-ray Disc dailies . This allows you to line up a series of clips or scenes and identify each item with a marker text-subtitle.

    Note: Subtitles are not supported on AVCHD discs.

  • Include Loop Movie Button checkbox: Select this checkbox to add a “Loop Movie” button to the menu. This option is not available on all disc templates.
  • Title Graphic button: Opens a dialog for you to locate and select a title graphic.
  • Logo Graphic button: Opens a dialog for you to locate and select a logo graphic.
  • Background button: Opens a dialog for you to locate and select a background graphic.
  • Main Menu and Chapter Menu preview: Use the Main Menu and Chapter Menu buttons to display previews of the menus included with the selected template.

    Note: Blu-ray and AVCHD menus are best suited for display at 1080i or 1080p resolutions. Users should ensure that their player and display are set accordingly.

Using Job Actions to Burn Dual-Layer Discs

When you burn a disc using a Compressor job action, the data rate for the output media file is calculated automatically based on the capacity of the disc media, the type of disc format (DVD or Blu-ray disc), and duration of source media file.

  • If you submit a job before inserting blank DVD or Blu-ray Disc media into your disc-burning device, the Share feature assumes single-layer media and adjusts the data rate accordingly.

  • If you submit a job after inserting blank dual-layer DVD or Blu-ray Disc media into your disc-burning device, the Share feature detects the dual-layer media and adjusts the data rate accordingly.

To ensure the best quality for a dual-layer projects, first insert blank dual-layer DVD or Blu-ray Disc media into your disc-burning device, then click Submit to submit the job.

Note: If you choose Hard Drive (Blu-ray) in the Output Device pop-up menu to create a disk image (.img) file, the Share feature invariably assumes single-layer media and adjusts the data rate accordingly.

Create Web Reference Movie

Use this form 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.

Figure. Job action form for creating a web reference movie.
  • ”Web reference movie destination” field and button: Use this field and the associated Choose button to define a destination folder for the output web reference movie. Click the button to open a dialog for locating and selecting the folder.
  • “Create Read Me file with sample HTML” checkbox: Use this checkbox to control whether Compressor creates a text document containing complete instructions and sample HTML for embedding the web reference movie in a web site.
  • Create Poster Image checkbox: Use this checkbox to control whether Compressor creates a thumbnail image for embedding the web reference movie in a web site.
Open with Application

Use this form to specify an application to open the output media file.

Figure. Job action form for opening an output media file with a specific application.
Publish to MobileMe

Use this form to enter information about movies you want to publish to a MobileMe Gallery on the web.

When you choose Publish to MobileMe, Compressor creates three targets for each source media file: Mobile, Medium, and Large. Once these files are uploaded to your MobileMe gallery, the MobileMe gallery will automatically play the most appropriate version for any viewer's device and connection speed.

For information on manually adjusting the number and the details of the targets created by the Publish to MobileMe job action, see About Targets and Modifying an Assigned Setting.

Figure. Job action form for publishing an output media file to a MobileMe Gallery.
  • Username: Use this field to enter a MobileMe member name. Do not include “@me.com” or “@mac.com.”

    The MobileMe member name is required for successful uploading.

  • Password: Use this field to enter a MobileMe password.

    The MobileMe password is required for successful uploading.

  • Title: Use this field to enter the name of the movie you are publishing.
  • Description: Use this field to enter a description of the movie you are publishing.
  • “Hide Movie on my Web Gallery page” checkbox: Select this checkbox to limit viewing to the movie you are publishing. In other words, viewers will not be able to access other items in your MobileMe gallery.
  • “Allow movies to be downloaded” checkbox: Select this checkbox to allow viewers to download the movie you are publishing.
Run Automator Workflow
  • Choose Automator Workflow: Click Choose to open a dialog for locating and selecting an Automator script that Compressor will execute automatically on completion of the transcoding job.
    Figure. Job action form for locating and selecting an Automator script that Compressor will execute automatically on completion of the transcoding job.
Publish to YouTube

Use this form to enter information about movies you want to publish to a YouTube account on the web.

Note: To upload multiple YouTube output media files in one batch, create a separate job for each output media file.

Figure. Job action form for publishing an output media file to a YouTube account.

Important: You must complete all fields for successful uploading.

  • Username: Use this field to enter a YouTube username.
  • Password: Use this field to enter a YouTube password.
  • Title: Use this field to enter the name of the movie you are publishing.
  • Description: Use this field to enter a description of the movie you are publishing.
  • Tags: Use this field to enter keywords that describe your movie. These are search terms that your intended audience might use to find your movie on YouTube. For more information, see YouTube help.
  • “Make this movie private” checkbox: Select this checkbox to control viewing access to the the movie you are publishing. When you make a video private on YouTube, you have the option of sharing it with a select number of people from any of the contact lists you create for your account. See YouTube help for more information.