Creating Droplets

Droplets are easy to create, and once created, allow you to quickly and easily submit source media files for transcoding. Compressor offers two methods for creating Droplets, each with its own advantages. In the Settings Tab, you can use the “Save Selection as Droplet” button. And, in the File menu, you can choose the Create Droplet item.

Creating a Droplet from the Settings Tab

If you are already working in the Settings tab and you have identified an existing setting from which you want to create a Droplet, the “Save Selection as Droplet” button is a handy tool for creating the Droplet.

To create a Droplet using the “Save Selection as Droplet” button in the Settings tab
  1. Open the Settings tab.

  2. Select one or more settings or setting groups that you want to save as a Droplet.

    • Click the “Save Selection as Droplet” button.

      Figure. "Save Selection as Droplet" button.
    • Control-click the settings you selected and choose Save as Droplet from the shortcut menu.

    The Save dialog appears.

    Figure. Save dialog.

    Note: You can Shift-click or Command-click to add multiple settings and/or setting groups to a Droplet. In this situation, every source media file is transcoded by every setting in the Droplet. For example, if you submitted two source media files to a Droplet containing three settings, Compressor creates six different output media files.

  3. In the Save dialog, enter a name for the Droplet in the Save As field and use the Where pop-up menu to navigate to the Droplet location.

    You can save your Droplet anywhere on your computer, but it’s most convenient to save it on your desktop, so you can conveniently drag source media files to it.

  4. Use the “Choose Destination for Droplet results” pop-up menu to choose a destination folder for the output media files that the Droplet will create.

    You can only select destinations that have already been created using the Destinations tab. If no custom destinations have been created, only four default Apple destinations appear in the Choose Destination pop-up menu. See Creating a Destination for more information about destinations.

  5. Click Save.

Your newly created Droplet appears as an icon at whatever location you selected. You are now ready to use it for transcoding.

Creating a Droplet from the File Menu

No matter where you are working in the Compressor application, you can always use the Create Droplet item in the File menu.

To create a Droplet using the Create Droplet command in the File menu
  1. Choose File > Create Droplet.

    The Droplet Settings Selection and Save dialog appears.

    Figure. Droplet settings selection and save dialog.
  2. In the Save Droplet dialog, select one or more settings or setting groups that you want to save as a Droplet.

    You can Shift-click or Command-click to add multiple settings and/or setting groups to a Droplet. In this situation, every source media file is transcoded by every setting in the Droplet. For example, if you submitted two source media files to a Droplet containing three settings, Compressor creates six different output media files.

  3. In the Save Droplet dialog, enter a name for the Droplet in the Save As field and use the Where pop-up menu to navigate to the Droplet location.

    You can save your Droplet anywhere on your computer, but it’s most convenient to save it on your desktop, so you can conveniently drag source media files to it.

  4. Use the “Destination for files created by the droplet” pop-up menu to choose a destination folder for the output media files that the Droplet will create.

    You can only select destinations that have already been created using the Destinations tab. If no custom destinations have been created, only four default Apple destinations appear in the Choose Destination pop-up menu. See Creating a Destination for more information about destinations.

  5. Click Save.

Your newly created Droplet appears as an icon at whatever location you selected. You are now ready to use it for transcoding.

Figure. A Droplet icon with source media files being dragged to it.