Using a Droplet to Transcode Source Media Files

Once you have created a Droplet, you can transcode source media files by dragging them to the Droplet icon.

To transcode source media files using a Droplet
  1. Drag your selected source media files over the Droplet icon.

    Figure. Droplet icon with a source media file being dragged to it.

    The “Show window on startup” checkbox at the bottom of the Droplet window determines what happens next.

    • If the “Show window on startup” checkbox is not selected: The Droplet begins transcoding the source media files immediately.
    • If the “Show window on startup” checkbox is selected: The Droplet window opens with the source media files displayed in the Droplet Source Files table. Proceed to step 2 to submit your batch.
      Figure. Droplet window.

      If the Droplet window opens, you can 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 field and change the destination folder for the output media files that the Droplet will create.

  2. When you’re satisfied with the settings, click Submit.

    The submit dialog appears. For detailed information about the submit dialog, see Submitting a Batch.

  3. Enter a name for the batch in the Name field.

    This is useful for identifying the batch in Batch Monitor.

  4. Use the Cluster pop-up menu to choose which computer or cluster will process the batch.

    The default Cluster setting is This Computer, which means Compressor will not involve any other computers in completing the batch. You can choose from any other available clusters that appear in this list. See the Distributed Processing Setup Guide, available in Compressor Help, for more details on setting up an Apple Qmaster distributed processing network.

  5. Select the “Include unmanaged services on other computers” checkbox to create an ad hoc cluster including This Computer and any available service nodes.

    This is part of the AutoCluster feature. See About AutoCluster and Unmanaged Services for more information.

  6. Use the Priority pop-up menu to choose priority level for the batch.

  7. Click Submit or press Enter to submit the batch for processing.

    Each source media file is processed according to the existing setting or group of settings contained within the Droplet.

  8. Open Batch Monitor if you want to view the processing status of your source media files.

    See the Batch Monitor User Manual for more information.

If a Droplet window is open, you can drag your source media files directly to the Source Files table and submit them for transcoding.

To transcode source media files using an open Droplet
  1. Double-click the Droplet icon to open it.

  2. Using the Finder, locate the source media files and drag them into the Droplet’s Source Files table.

    Figure. Source media files being dragged to the Droplet’s Source Files table.
  3. Modify your Droplet settings as necessary, then click Submit.

    Each source media file is processed according to the existing setting or group of settings contained within the Droplet. For example, if you submitted two source media files to a Droplet containing three settings, Compressor would create six different output media files.

  4. Open Batch Monitor if you want to view the processing status of your source media files.