About the Batch Window

The Batch window provides a central location for organizing your transcoding tasks and quickly assigning settings. When you first open Compressor, an untitled Batch window appears. Think of batches as documents that can be saved, closed, and opened again. You use the toolbar at the top of the Batch window to open all other task windows.

Figure. Batch window.

General Batch Window Information

Batches are the heart of your Compressor workflow, and the Batch window is where you work with the batches. The Batch window supports having multiple batches open at once, showing them as separate tabs.

To create a new batch
  • Choose File > New Batch (or press Command-N).

    A new untitled batch is added to the Batch window.

Figure. The untitled batch tab in the Batch window.

See Saving and Opening a Batch File for more information about batch files.

You can even have multiple Batch windows open, with each containing a different batch, by dragging a batch’s tab to a new location. See About the Tabs for information on dragging tabs to open or close additional Batch windows.

The Batch window has a Submit button, located in the lower-right corner, that you can use to begin transcoding the currently selected batch. The lower-left corner shows the status of the current batch (how many jobs it contains and whether it has been submitted).

About the Batch Window Toolbar

The Batch window has a customizable toolbar along its top. You can choose whether to show or hide the toolbar by clicking the button in the window’s upper-right corner.

Figure. The show/hide toolbar button in the Batch window.

You can choose to have a variety of items in the toolbar, such as items to open, save, or close a batch. See Customizing the Toolbar for details on the items you can add and how to add them.