About Compressor Preferences

Use the Compressor Preferences window to configure a variety of Compressor controls.

Figure. Compressor Preferences window.

The Compressor Preferences window contains the following controls.

Compressor Preferences Details
  • Email Address field: Use this field to enter the default email address for email notification.
  • Outgoing Mail Server field: For more information about email notification, see Working with Post-Transcoding Actions.
  • “Auto launch Batch Monitor” checkbox: Use this checkbox to control whether Batch Monitor automatically opens when you submit a batch.
  • “Auto launch Content Agent” checkbox: Use this checkbox to control whether the Content Agent opens automatically when the computer is started.

    Content Agent is a background process that Compressor uses to transfer source files to other nodes in an Apple Qmaster cluster and to receive the transcoded files back from those nodes. Generally, Content Agent is not needed until you are ready to submit a batch using distributed processing. There may be times, however, when having the Content Agent open automatically when the computer starts can help a transcode process.

    For example, if a computer loses power and automatically restarts while a large batch is being processed, having Content Agent restart can automatically get the transcode process to resume running.

  • “Quit after submitting batches from other applications” checkbox: Use this checkbox to control whether Compressor quits once a batch has been submitted.
  • “Display job thumbnails” checkbox: Use this checkbox to control whether thumbnail images are displayed for jobs in a batch.
  • “Copy at submission (high priority)” checkbox: Use this checkbox to control whether Compressor transfers Source files to the processing cluster immediately.
  • For New Batches buttons: Choose one of the following options for setting the Compressor startup screen.
    • Show Template Chooser: Compressor opens with the Batch Template Chooser on startup.
    • Show Blank Template: Compressor opens with an empty untitled batch with a placeholder job.
  • “Enter IP addresses or ranges for manually selected computers” table: This table displays information about remote host computers.
  • Add/Remove button: Use this button to add or remove information about remote host computers.
Remote Computer Address Dialog

The remote computer address dialog is displayed when you click the Add/Remove button in the main Compressor Preferences dialog. Use this dialog to enter IP addresses or ranges for manually selected computers.

Figure. Remote Computer Address Dialog.

This dialog contains the following controls:

  • Host/Host IP Address Range buttons: These buttons control whether this dialog is in IP Address mode (in which you enter a specific address) or IP Address Range mode (in which you enter a range of addresses).
    • Host: Use this mode to enter a host name and IP address for a specific remote computer.
    • Host IP Address Range: Use this mode to enter a name and set of range numbers (Range From, Range To) for a range of remote IP addresses.