Example: Creating Custom Groups and Settings for DVD

For this example, you are working on an HD project that will eventually end up on both an HD and an SD DVD. Before that happens, though, you also need to supply SD DVDs of the dailies.

An easy way to handle this is to create two groups of settings.

  • Settings for the dailies: These settings would include an AIFF audio encoder (since you want it done fast and disc space will not likely be an issue) and an MPEG-2 encoder with an SD frame size using the fastest settings (since quality is not the highest concern). This could also be an HD encoder if you have an easy way to play an HD DVD.
  • Settings for the final disc: These settings would include an AC-3 audio encode, an H.264 HD for DVD video encode, and an MPEG-2 encode using the Frame Controls to ensure a high-quality SD output video.

You would most likely create a third settings group that would be named after this project and would contain the above two groups.

To create the groups for dailies and final outputs
  1. In the Settings tab, click the Group button three times to create three new untitled groups.

  2. Select the first of the new groups and, using the Inspector window, name it after the project.

  3. Select the second of the new groups and name it Dailies.

  4. Select the third of the new groups and name it Final Discs.

  5. In the Settings tab, drag the Dailies and Final Discs groups up until a black box surrounds the group named after the project, and then release them.

    Note: You can select multiple groups or settings by holding down Shift while selecting them. This places both these groups within the project’s group.

  6. Locate settings in the Apple settings that come closest to matching what you need each setting to do in these new groups.

  7. Make a copy of each setting by clicking the Duplicate Selected Setting button.

  8. Select each copied setting, rename it, and then drag it to the proper folder.

    Figure. A custom group containing custom groups that contain custom settings.

    You can then select each setting and make any necessary changes to it.

When you have imported the source media files and created their jobs, you can just assign the appropriate group (Dailies or Final Disc) and all the proper settings are applied to the targets.