Compressor Windows and the Transcoding Workflow

Each Compressor window represents a part of the transcoding workflow.

Figure. All five Compressor windows, including the Batch window, the Preview window, the Inspector window, the History window, and the Settings and Destinations tabs.
  • Batch window: Allows you to import source media files, add settings and destinations, and name the batch.
  • Settings and Destinations tabs: The Settings tab allows you to centrally manage Apple and custom settings. The Destinations tab allows you to create, modify, or remove destination settings, set a default destination, and add file identifiers to your output media filename.
  • Inspector window: Allows you easy access to common transcoding controls, and a full summary table containing all the details of each setting. You can also use the Inspector window to gather information on source clips, and to make dynamic changes interactively with the Preview window.
  • Preview window: Allows you to play your source media file in its original format, or preview your source media file with settings that have been assigned to it. You can see the effects of settings—such as filters and frame resizing—and make adjustments to these attributes while previewing the media file in real time. You can also use the Preview window to add and view various kinds of markers.
  • History window: The History window allows you to view a full log of all batches submitted from your computer, including progress bars of those still being transcoded, and pause or resubmit any batches listed in the log.
  • Droplet window (not pictured): Allows you to save one or more settings or groups of settings into a Droplet, a standalone preset, packaged into a drag-and-drop application and saved as an icon.
  • Batch Monitor (not pictured): Allows you to view the status of all batches being processed. (See the Batch Monitor User Manual for more information.)