Assigning Destinations

This section describes how you can set output destinations and output filenames.

Assigning Destinations to Source Media Files

When you assign settings to your targets, the default destination is automatically also assigned. You can set the default destination with Compressor preferences. (Choose Compressor > Preferences.) This can be one of those supplied with Compressor or a custom destination you have created. See Creating a Destination for details on working with destinations.

You can replace the default destination with any other destination, or even manually choose a location to save the output file to. There are a number of different ways to assign a destination to a source file. As with assigning settings, different methods have different advantages.

To assign a destination by dragging
  1. Select a destination in the Destinations tab.

  2. Drag the destination to the target in the Batch window.

    Figure. Destination being dragged from the Destination to a target in the Batch window.

The destination part of the target updates to the new destination.

Note: You can only apply the settings to a single job when you assign them by dragging. Additionally, you cannot create a temporary destination using this method.

Using this dragging method, you can also create a new target (with an empty setting) by dragging the destination to an empty part of the job.

To assign a destination using the Target or shortcut menu
  1. Select all targets that you want to set the destination on.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Target > Destination > [Destination].

    • Control-click one of the targets and choose Destination > [Destination] from the shortcut menu.

      Figure. Destination submenu in the shortcut menu.

Once you have assigned the destinations, they appear in the target’s destination section.

Note: You can also assign a temporary destination by choosing Other. This opens the File Selection dialog and allows you to create a new destination for just that batch submission. This destination is not saved and applies only to the submitted batch.

Setting the Output Filename

In addition to defining where to save the output file, destinations also define how the output filename is created. Once you have assigned a destination, the output filename is complete. You can choose to use it as is or you can manually modify it or enter a new name.

To modify or enter a new output filename
  • Click in the output filename area and edit the existing name, or triple-click the existing name to enter a new name.

    Figure. Output filename field in the target.