General Job and Target Information

This section provides general information about jobs and targets.

About Targets

Targets contain three items:

  • The setting

  • The destination

  • The output filename

    Figure. Components of a target: the setting, the destination, the output filename, dividers, and Add and Delete buttons.

You can use a variety of methods to add targets to a job. The most common is to add a setting or destination to the job. You can also use any of the following methods.

To add an empty target to a job
Do one of the following:
  • Select one or more jobs and choose Target > Add Target. This adds an empty target to the jobs.

  • Select one or more jobs and Control-click in an empty area of one of them, then choose Target > Add Target. This adds an empty target to the jobs.

  • Click the Add (+) button of an existing target.

You can also copy one or more targets from one job to another.

To copy targets to another job by dragging
  1. Select the targets to copy.

  2. Press the Option key and then drag the targets to the new job.

To delete targets
Do one of the following:
  • Select one or more targets and press Delete.

  • Click the Delete (–) button in a target.

About Adding and Copying Jobs

Jobs are most often created by adding source media files to a batch. You can use several other methods to add jobs to a batch. Additionally, you can chain jobs in a batch to set the order in which the files are transcoded once they are submitted.

To add an empty job to a batch
  • Choose Jobs > New Job.

To delete a job from a batch
  • Select the job and press the Delete key.

To copy jobs from one batch to another
Do one of the following:
  • Open each batch in its own window and drag the jobs from one window to the other.

  • Select the jobs to be copied, press Command-C, select the batch to copy them to, and then press Command-V.

About Chaining Jobs

Chaining jobs is useful when you need to apply multiple settings to a source media file, but need to have each setting applied after the previous one has finished. This makes it possible to control the order in which the settings are able to modify the source media file.

To chain all targets in a job to new jobs
  1. Select the job whose targets you want to chain to new jobs.

  2. Choose Jobs > New Job With Target Output.

New jobs are added to the batch with the chain thumbnail and the name of the output file of the targets they are chained to.

Figure. New job in the batch with the chain thumbnail and the name of the output file of the targets it is chained to.
To chain selected targets to new jobs
  1. Select the targets whose outputs you want to chain to new jobs.

  2. Control-click one of the targets and choose New Job With Target Output from the shortcut menu.

New jobs are added to the batch with the chain thumbnail and the name of the output file of the targets they are chained to.

You can chain multiple jobs if needed. See Other Reverse Telecine Issues for an example of chaining two jobs together.