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Compressor 4 Essential Training

Building droplets for automation


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Compressor 4 Essential Training

with Jeff I. Greenberg

Video: Building droplets for automation

Droplets are a fantastic way to speed up your Compressor work by automating a lot of things that you do on a regular basis. What we can do is we can build a droplet from a setting, drag multiple files to it, and it can just all work without you even having to open up Compressor. To show you this, I'm going to pick one of my custom settings. You could certainly use any of the Apple Settings, but I've built the custom setting for PowerPoint, and this is perfect for embedding. And I would like this to be a droplet. I have some people who work with me and they don't really know how Compressor works.

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Compressor 4 Essential Training
1h 57m Beginner Oct 14, 2011

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Compressor 4 Essential Training streamlines the processes of compressing and encoding media in Final Cut Pro X's companion compression software. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of compression, how to determine appropriate compression settings, and building and modifying encoding presets for a variety of outputs, including Apple and Android devices, DVDs, PowerPoint, and the web. The course also covers placing watermarks, setting destinations, and transcoding files automatically using droplets.

Topics include:
  • Using Compressor with QuickTime and Final Cut Pro X
  • Transcoding to ProRes
  • Understanding encoding
  • Setting markers for DVD and Blu-ray
  • Building an MPEG2 for broadcast
  • Adjusting video footage
  • Creating templates
  • Setting destinations
Subjects:
Video Video Delivery
Software:
Compressor
Author:
Jeff I. Greenberg

Building droplets for automation

Droplets are a fantastic way to speed up your Compressor work by automating a lot of things that you do on a regular basis. What we can do is we can build a droplet from a setting, drag multiple files to it, and it can just all work without you even having to open up Compressor. To show you this, I'm going to pick one of my custom settings. You could certainly use any of the Apple Settings, but I've built the custom setting for PowerPoint, and this is perfect for embedding. And I would like this to be a droplet. I have some people who work with me and they don't really know how Compressor works.

They built a movie in whatever editorial system, and they just want to be able to drag it to this droplet and have it automatically work, and that's what we're going to build here. And you look at the earlier movie if you want to learn how to build this exact setting. Right here at the top of the Settings window is the Save Selection as Droplet. I'm going to put this on my desktop. I'll leave its original name. And I should tell where I'd like it to put my droplet results. In this case, I'm going to also choose my Desktop. I can't add anything to this. This is really in the destinations.

You should go look at the destination movie if you want to see how to customize your destinations. So I'm just going to put this on the desktop. I'm going to say Save, and now the beautiful thing here is I can quit Compressor. On my desktop you'll see here I've got the droplet, and I can take multiple files and drag it to the droplet. It will automatically open up a dialog box. This dialog box allows me to add other source files if I choose, to add other settings by hitting this plus, and adding an output. I can add anything that is a setting in Compressor.

I could even change where its destination is. And this is where you could choose a different destination if you didn't have one in your Destination list inside a Compressor. If you want to make this of course completely user independent, you can uncheck Show window at startup. This means that this window will never show up. If you do this, the way to get it show up is hold down the Option key. Once you've done this, hit Submit. Now when I hit Submit, it's going to go ahead and submit this as a background task. And I just want to put a little warning: while this has been phenomenal for me in the earlier versions of Compressor, I found this to be a little squirrely in Compressor 4.

I'm not sure if the update that Apple recently released will fix this, but I find this is a little slow to get started and sometimes a little bit slower to actually compress, but it does eventually work. This is great for unattended work. So the fact that it takes a little longer shouldn't be a huge issue. I am going to go ahead and let the editors speed this up, and we'll see the results for it when it's finished. You'll get the Submit window where you can go ahead and hit Submit. The Droplet closes out, letting you know that the encoding has started, and you can see already, almost instantly, on my desktop appears one of my movies. The other movie will automatically show up all unattended, and when it's done, I've got these ready to go for whatever I built my droplet around.

In this case these are MPEG-4s, perfect to go to PowerPoint cross platform for embedding. The first movie is finished, second movie starts encoding, and the second movie is finished. And that's the beauty of a Droplet is its unattended performance. You can just drop it, set it, and walk away.

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