Creating a Setting from Scratch

If the preexisting settings are not sufficient for your transcoding needs or if you simply want additional settings, you can create your own.

Note: The recommended procedure for creating custom settings is to duplicate a stock Apple setting and then adjust the copy to suit your needs. For information on duplicating settings, see Duplicating Settings.

To create a setting
  1. Click the Add (+) button in the Settings tab and choose an output format from the pop-up menu.

    Figure. "Create a new setting" pop-up menu in the Settings tab.

    A new setting called Untitled appears in the Custom folder of the Settings tab, appended with the selected output file format (for example, Untitled MPEG-2).

    Figure. The new Untitled setting in the Settings tab.

    The Inspector window also changes to show this setting’s parameters.

    Note: You can always change the output file format for that setting in the Encoder pane of the Inspector, but be sure to change the setting name to reflect its output file format.

  2. Enter a suitable name and description for the setting in the Name and Description fields in the Inspector window.

  3. Configure the setting as needed in the Inspector window.

  4. Click Save to Save the setting.

See Assigning Settings to Source Media Files for information about assigning settings.

Note: You can create groups of settings that can then be applied to a media file in one step. See Creating Groups of Settings for more information.