Creating and Managing Compressor Layouts

As you use Compressor you will find that, depending on the particular encoding task you are configuring, how the various Compressor windows are laid out can affect how easy Compressor is to use. To help with this, Compressor includes the ability to configure and save layouts. Layouts define which windows are visible, their size, their position, and which icons are in the Batch window’s toolbar.

Compressor includes two layouts that you can use to get a starting point for creating your own custom layouts.

Note: Each layout is available in several sizes, allowing you to choose the size that best fits your monitor. You can modify any of these layouts and save them as your own custom layouts.

Standard Layout

The standard layout shows all the Compressor windows, with the Settings and Destinations tabs sharing a window. This layout is optimized for those times when you are transcoding a single source media file.

Figure. Compressor windows in the Standard layout.

Batch Layout

The batch layout places the emphasis on the Batch window. This layout is optimized for those times when you are transcoding a number of similar source media files.

Figure. Compressor windows in the Batch layout.

Choosing, Saving, and Managing Layouts

Compressor makes it easy to choose a layout.

To choose a layout
  • Choose Window > Layouts, and choose a layout from the list that appears.

Once you choose a layout, the Compressor interface changes to match it.

You can also create and save your own custom layouts.

To save a layout
  1. Configure the Compressor interface the way you want it to be saved.

    See Working with the Compressor Windows for information on the ways you can work with the various windows.

  2. Choose Window > Save Layout.

  3. In the dialog that appears, enter a name for the layout and click Save.

The layout is saved and appears in the Windows > Layouts list.

You can manage the layouts list by removing or renaming existing layouts.

To manage your layouts
  1. Choose Window > Manage Layouts.

    The layout manager dialog appears.

    Figure. Layout manager dialog.
  2. Do any of the following.

    • To rename a layout: Double-click it and type the new name.
    • To remove a layout: Select it and click the Delete (–) button.
    • To save the current interface configuration as a new layout: Click the Add (+) button and enter a name for the layout.
    • To choose a layout and apply it to the current Compressor interface: Choose the layout and click the Apply button.
  3. Click Done when you have finished managing your layouts.

The layout manager closes and the Compressor interface changes to match the chosen layout setting.

Note: The layouts list is actually divided into two sections—the ones supplied by Apple and the ones that you create. The ones that you create are listed in alphabetical order. Use care when naming your layouts to ensure you can easily locate them in the list.

About the Layout Files

If you have several workstations using Compressor, you might find that you want to be able to have the same layouts available on all of them.

You can accomplish this by copying the layout files from one system to another, ensuring you put them in the correct location. The layouts are stored in the following path: Users/username/Library/Application Support/Compressor/Layouts. The layouts all have a .moduleLayout extension.

Important: Do not manually add or remove the layout files while Compressor is open. Compressor checks this location for available layouts as part of its startup process. You must restart Compressor to have it recognize any changes you have made to these files.