About the Destinations Tab

You use the Destinations tab together with the Inspector window to create, modify, or remove your destination settings and add file identifiers to your output media filename.

Figure. Destinations tab and corresponding destination settings in the Inspector window.

The Destinations tab contains the following items.

  • Destinations list: This lists destination names and pathnames.

    There are four default destinations in the Apple folder: Source is the same folder from which the source media file originated; Desktop is the user’s Desktop folder; User’s Movies Folder is the user’s Movies folder; Cluster Storage is a cluster’s scratch storage location.

    Note: Cluster Storage applies only to installations of Compressor that have distributed processing enabled. The distributed processing feature is limited to computers that have Final Cut Studio installed.

  • Duplicate button: Makes a copy of the selected destination, placing it in the Custom folder. Using this option allows you to create a new destination from a preexisting destination, which you can then adjust according to your needs, rather than creating a new destination from scratch.
  • Remove (-): Removes a selected custom destination from the Destinations tab immediately. You are not asked for confirmation, so be sure you want to remove the destination before clicking this button.

    Note: You cannot remove the destinations from the Apple folder.

About the Remote Destination Dialog

If you click the Add (+) button and choose Remote from the pop-up menu to add a remote destination, the Remote destination dialog appears.

Figure. Remote destination dialog.

The Remote destination dialog contains the following fields.

  • Name: Use this field to modify the name of the destination preset.
  • Sample From Defined Template: Displays a sample of what the output filename will look like with any file identifiers you have added. You cannot edit the Sample line, but it changes dynamically based on the file identifiers you add or delete.
  • ftp or iDisk: Select the type of remote destination you want to create.
    • ftp: Select this button if the destination is an FTP server.
    • iDisk: Select this button if the destination is an iDisk.
  • Host Name: (Required) Name of the host server. Compressor assumes that the URL scheme being used is ftp, so you don’t need to enter this or any other URL scheme. For example, a valid host name for this field would be da0101wa-dhcp191.lemur.com/ or an an IP Address, such as 192.168.001.010
  • File Path: (Required) Specifies the path on the host where the output media file will be stored. For example: /Volumes/Movies/OutputMedia. Only enter the path to the location where the output media file will be stored. You don’t need to include the filename.
  • User: (Optional) This is required only if the host server has access restrictions requiring a user name and password. If anyone can access the host server, you can leave this field blank.
  • Password: (Optional) This is required only if the host server has access restrictions requiring a user name and password. If anyone can access the host server, you can leave this field blank.