Using Compressor Preferences

Follow the instructions below to set Compressor preferences.

Figure. Compressor Preferences window.
To open Compressor preferences
  • Choose Compressor > Preferences, or press Command-Comma (,).

The Preferences window appears.

To configure the email notification preference
  1. Enter the default email address to use when email notification is activated.

    You can change this address in the Actions pane of the Inspector window.

  2. Enter the mail server used by this computer for outgoing email.

For more information about email notification, see Working with Post-Transcoding Actions.

To set whether or not Batch Monitor automatically opens
Do one of the following:
  • Select the “Auto launch Batch Monitor” checkbox to have Batch Monitor automatically open when you submit a batch.

  • Deselect the “Auto launch Batch Monitor” checkbox to prevent Batch Monitor from automatically opening. You can still manually open Batch Monitor from the Batch window.

To control whether Content Agent automatically opens
Do one of the following:
  • Select the “Auto launch Content Agent” checkbox to have Content Agent open automatically when the computer is started.

  • Deselect the “Auto launch Content Agent” checkbox to have Content Agent not open until Compressor is opened.

    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.

To control whether Compressor remains running after a batch has been submitted through it by another application (such as Final Cut Pro)
Do one of the following:
  • Select “Quit upon submitting batches from other applications” to have Compressor quit once the batch has been submitted.

  • Deselect “Quit upon submitting batches from other applications” to have Compressor continue running once the batch has been submitted.

To control whether thumbnail images are displayed for each job in a batch
  • Select “Display job thumbnails” to have Compressor display the images.

  • Deselect “Display job thumbnails” to have Compressor not display the images.

To control cluster options (for distributed processing scratch storage settings)
  1. Click the Cluster Options pop-up menu.

  2. Choose one of the following.

    • Copy Source to Cluster as Needed: Instructs Compressor to copy source files to a cluster’s scratch storage location as needed.
    • Always Copy Source to Cluster: Requires Compressor to always copy source files to a cluster’s scratch storage location.
    • Never Copy Source to Cluster: Prevents Compressor from copying source files.
    • Never copy files to/from server: Prevents Compressor from copying any files. Either all the files are in the correct locations, or the batch fails.
To control whether Compressor transfers Source files to the processing cluster immediately
Do one of the following:
  • Select “Copy at submission (high priority)” to have Compressor transfer source files immediately.

  • Deselect “Copy at submission (high priority)” to prevent Compressor from transferring source files immediately.

To control the default setting
  • Use the Default Setting pop-up menu to choose from the list of existing settings.

The setting you choose appears as the default setting when you import a new source file in the Batch window.

To change the default destination
  • Use the Default Destination pop-up menu to choose from the list of existing destinations.

The destination you choose appears as the default destination when you import a new source file in the Batch window.

To control whether Compressor displays the Batch Template Chooser on startup
  • Select Show Template Chooser to display the Batch Template Chooser on startup.

  • Select Use Blank Template to not display the Batch Template Chooser on startup.

To enter IP addresses or ranges for remote host computers
  1. Click Add (+) at the bottom of the Compressor Preferences dialog.

    The host address dialog appears.

    Figure. Host address dialog.
  2. In the host address dialog, do one of the following:

    • Select Host, complete the Host Name and IP Address fields, and click Add Host.

    • Select “Host IP address range,” complete the Range fields, and click Add Range.

    The hosts or host ranges appear in the Host table in the main Preferences dialog.

Important: Any changes you make to the Compressor preference settings take effect only when you click OK. If you make changes but decide not to use them, click Cancel.