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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.
Compressor has a built-in feature that I turned off earlier in this title in the Preferences called Batching from a Template. These templates are very powerful. They're already pre-built to build Blu- ray discs, DVDs--even to upload to YouTube. If we take a look at the YouTube setting though, you'll see it's only set to really handle 720p movies, and it will automatically publish to YouTube. This may not be optimum for us. YouTube isn't the only place where we may want to publish. We may want to put stuff up to Facebook or Vimeo. So what we're going to do is we're going to build our own template and add it to this window.
I'm going to hit Cancel. It's fairly crucial we start off with an empty window here, and we pick our own settings. I'm going to pick an online sharing section. So let's see. We'll just type in YouTube, because you'll see that all the Apple presets are saved with that. And a lot of what I do is 1080p, so I'm going to drag the 1080p setting up here. This little empty spot, this is where your movie will end up in the template. But I'm going to click instead of on the individual item here, the job itself. When I click on the job, you'll notice the Inspector lights up with the words Job Action over here.
I'm going to say when this job finishes here's what I'd like you to do with this 1080p video. I'd like you to--and I can pick anything from this list. I can publish to YouTube or Facebook, publish to CNN's iReport. I can send it as an email or punch it right over to my iTunes Library. This is kind of neat. Think about it. You would go, compress a video using one of the Apple presets, and it would automatically publish it into iTunes for you. What I want to do though is I want to publish some stuff to Vimeo, so I'm going to choose Vimeo here as a preset.
And I get a little exclamation point, because it needs all this information. You should probably fill this out. You don't have to. When you go and you make your batch, it will still prompt you for all this. This is now ready to go to be built into a template. So I take this and I go up to the File menu and I say Save as Template. And I'm going to name this. I'm going to call this 1080p to Vimeo. And the Description is Send my 1080 file to Vimeo.
Notice you get the Compressor's default destination; this is where it's going to save the file that's created. You can put it here. You can also--in another title, you're going to see how to change the destinations, and you might choose to make it a default as well. I'm going to say OK. All right! Now, I'm going to quit Compressor and start it back up, just so you can see this from scratch. Here comes Compressor. I'm going to go up to the File menu and say New Batch from Template. And here's my brand-new template right here, the 1080p to Vimeo.
You can see what it's going to do and how it's going to do it. When we're finished, I'm going to say Choose, and it's filled in all the information. Once again, you can see I've got that exclamation point. If you fill this out before you save the template, it will remember all this information for you, making it really easy for you to start automating and using these sort of templates. I highly recommend you go in and at very least, if you're publishing to YouTube, build your own template for YouTube, because the default is for 720, not 1080. And I'd like you to keep in mind that you can pick other job actions, such as publishing to Facebook or CNN iReport, or actually building a DVD Blu-ray, based on--and this is the important part--based on that your encoded file matches the specifications necessary for Blu-ray and DVD discs.
So this is a great use of a template.
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