About Export Options Using Compressor

In addition to the general options for all export formats (see General Export Options), there are additional options when you export using Compressor.

Note: Because Soundtrack Pro can tap the power of Compressor as a background process, many of these export options are identical to the corresponding options in the Compressor application.

Figure. Compressor options in the Export dialog.
  • Format to Export Video: These settings allow you to choose settings for your video export.
    • Preserve Video button: This allows you to export the video in its original format. Once you select this option, you must then choose an export preset from the adjacent preset pop-up menu. A summary of the preset appears below it in the dialog. When you export, the video is copied unchanged to the exported file. For more information, see Using Compressor Export Presets.
    • Encode Video button: This allows you to export the video in a different format. Once you select this option, you must then choose an export preset from the adjacent preset pop-up menu. A summary of the preset appears below it in the dialog. For more information, see Using Compressor Export Presets. Encoding the video transcodes it to the new export format. Transcoding the video can take longer than copying and can result in a loss of quality. In most cases, when the video format of the exported file is the same as the source video, you should preserve the video when exporting. If the video format of the exported file is different than the source video, you should encode the video when exporting.
  • Edit Channel Layout button: If you are exporting a multichannel project and want to change the channel layout for the exported file, click this button and the Channel Layout dialog appears. For more information, see Exporting Multichannel Projects with Compressor.
  • Edit Presets button: If you wish to edit Compressor presets used for export, click this button and Compressor opens. For more information, see Using Compressor Export Presets and the Compressor User Manual.