About the Droplet Window

You can open any Droplet to view its full details as well as add, remove, and modify settings and source media files. You can also modify the filenames for the output media files using the Filename Template and change the destination folder for the output media files that the Droplet will create.

See About the Destinations Tab for more information on using file identifiers.

Figure. Droplet window.
Figure. Individual job in Droplet window.

The Droplet window contains the following items.

  • Destination Folder: This field displays the path to the destination folder for the output media file. You can modify this by clicking the Choose button to open the destination selection dialog and navigating to a new folder.
  • Source Files: Contains a list of all the jobs in the batch about to be submitted. If the “Show window on startup” checkbox is selected, the Droplet window opens after you drag your source media files to the Droplet icon, and all the source media files appear in the Source Files table. You can drag one or more source media files into this table, and they will all be transcoded together when you submit the batch, just like a normal batch submission from the Batch window.
  • Jobs table: Each job in this table represents a separate media file that will be generated from each item in the Source files list.
  • Filename Template: Compressor automatically enters a filename in this field for the output media file. The first part of the filename is based on the source file name. Compressor also automatically appends an output type identifier (such as “iPod” or “YouTube”) at the end of the filename. You can manually edit any portion of the filename by double-clicking it.
  • Job type identifier: Compressor automatically appends an output type identifier (such as “iPod” or “YouTube”) at the end of each filename. You can manually edit any output type identifier by double-clicking it.
  • Add/Remove Output buttons: Click Add Output to create additional outputs. To remove a particular output, click its Remove Output button.
  • Show Info button: Click this button to display extensive details about the current setting and the output media file. If you are transcoding multiple source files, you can view information about each individual media file.
  • Action checkbox: Select this checkbox to activate any post-transcoding actions (beyond simply creating the output media file). For more information, see Adding Job Actions.
  • “Show window on startup” checkbox: When this checkbox is selected, the Droplet window opens when you drag source media files to the Droplet icon, before the batch is submitted. This allows you to verify the settings contained within the Droplet. If the checkbox is not selected, the batch is submitted as soon as the batch is dragged to the Droplet icon (as long as there are no errors), and the Droplet window doesn’t open.
  • Submit: Click this button to open the submit dialog and submit the batch. For more information about submitting, see Using a Droplet to Transcode Source Media Files and Submitting a Batch. You only need to do this if the “Show window on startup” checkbox is selected; if this checkbox is not selected, the batch is submitted automatically.