Creating a Destination

You use the Destinations tab with the Inspector window to create and assign a destination and to add file identifiers to your output file. If you want to save your output media files to a remote destination, you need to enter information into the Remote dialog so that Compressor can successfully access the remote server.

You can create the following destinations.

Note: By default, the output media file destination is the same folder from which the source media files originated. You can change the default destination to any other Destination preset. Choose Compressor > Preferences and use the Default Destination pop-menu to choose from the list of Destination presets.

To create a local or open volume destination
  1. Open the Destinations tab.

  2. Click the Add (+) button and choose Local from the pop-up menu.

    Figure. Local/Remote pop-up menu.

    The Destination Selection dialog appears.

  3. Navigate to your chosen destination folder or open mounted volume, then click Open.

    A new destination called Untitled Local-1 appears in the Custom folder of the Destinations tab along with the path to the folder you just assigned.

  4. Double-click the new destination in the Destinations tab.

    The Inspector window opens, showing relevant information for the new destination.

  5. Do either of the following in the Inspector:

    • Modify the name of the new destination in the Name field.

    • Modify the pathname of the new destination by clicking Choose to open the destination selection dialog and navigating to a new folder.

  6. Add file identifiers to your output filename using the pop-up menu in the Template field.

    Figure. Filename Template pop-up menu.

    You can also manually edit this field by doing any of the following:

    • Drag the file identifiers to rearrange their order.

    • Click on either side of the file identifiers to type additional text.

    • Use the Delete key on your keyboard to remove any of the file identifiers.

    The Sample From Defined Template field in the Inspector window shows a sample of the output filename with its chosen file identifiers. The default file identifier combination is Source Media Name-Setting Name.

    Note: Avoid customizing your filename templates with anything beginning with a period (.). The resulting file will only be visible via the command line and not visible using the Mac OS X Finder.

    See About the Destinations Tab for more details about these settings.

To create a remote destination
  1. Open the Destinations tab.

  2. Click the Add (+) button and choose Remote from the pop-up menu.

    The Remote destination dialog appears. For detailed information about the remote destination dialog, see About the Remote Destination Dialog.

  3. Enter information in the relevant fields, as necessary.

  4. Click OK.

    Once you have at least one destination in the Destinations tab other than Source, you can set a new default destination.

To change the default destination
  1. Choose Compressor > Preferences.

  2. Use the Default Destination pop-up menu to choose from the list of existing destination presets.

The destination you choose appears as the default destination when you import a new source file in the Batch window.