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Setting destinations

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Video: Setting destinations

A way that you can really improve your workflow with Compressor is by specifying really exact destinations for your media. So far pretty much we've been sending stuff to where the source file lives, but that's not always a great choice. So to give you an example of this, I'm just going to come out to the Finder and on my media drive here, I'm going to create a Folder. And the Folder I'm going to do--I'm going to call it something like For Online Upload. This is where I'm going to end up using. I'll end up compressing stuff for Vimeo or YouTube or wherever, but I want it all to go to only this folder, rather than to where the source is, or somewhere else.

Setting destinations

A way that you can really improve your workflow with Compressor is by specifying really exact destinations for your media. So far pretty much we've been sending stuff to where the source file lives, but that's not always a great choice. So to give you an example of this, I'm just going to come out to the Finder and on my media drive here, I'm going to create a Folder. And the Folder I'm going to do--I'm going to call it something like For Online Upload. This is where I'm going to end up using. I'll end up compressing stuff for Vimeo or YouTube or wherever, but I want it all to go to only this folder, rather than to where the source is, or somewhere else.

We're going to teach Compressor how to put stuff there, as well as how to name it appropriately. So when I get to Compressor, you can see there is a tab next to Settings called Destinations. We have four pre-built Apple Destinations. Cluster Storage, and we're not going to even worry about it, but three that are valuable of course, where the Source is, the Desktop, and your User's Movies Folder. I'm going to create my own destination here. Notice I do have Local and Remote. We're going to create a local one, but I just want to take one second to point out the remote settings. These Remote settings will let you put material out on an FTP site--if you know what an FTP site is--or your iDisk, if you happen to have a MobileMe account.

Although I'm going to tell you that this may change. Apple is shutting down the MobileMe service. So it's good, but somewhere in 2012 they're going to start cutting that off. I just want you to see that you can get it to automatically upload like this. We're going to instead do it to our local machine. And where am I going to put it? I'm going to put it For Online Upload. I'm going to do a whole bunch of compression, put in this folder, and then upload it all at a later point. I'm going to say Open. Now, over here in the Inspector, this is where we can really get a little bit of fine granularity.

You can see at the bottom it's got the path. You can see what it's going to be named. It's just called Sample movie, because it's based on the source media name. This is where sanity really prevails, making your workflow so much easier, because under this little pop-up we can add all sorts of information, like the date or the setting name we used in Compressor, meaning that we'll know exactly which settings we used. I'm going to go ahead here and put an underscore, and then I'm going to add the date, so we know when it was compressed.

And then I'm going to add another underscore, and you know, I notice there is a dash there. I'm not going to use an underscore. I'll put a dash after date, and I'm going to put the Setting Name. In fact, I don't even need the double dash. There we go. So when I go ahead and I put anything with this destination, you'll see it will be a source media name, with the date, the setting name, and it will automatically go to this folder. There's no Save button here, which I find is just a little confusing from the Apple mindset, because all of our settings did have a Save button.

With this Destination now defined, I've got just this little extra bit of power. We're going to go ahead and we'll do compression. I'm going to do it all the way through. Take my Mission Statement. Of course you could use your movie, or anything out of Final Cut 10, or anywhere else for that matter. I'll take a Custom Setting we built during this title. I'll take the one I built for Keynote. Oh, wait, we should really do one that's For Online Upload. And this is a 1080 fast motion we built. And I don't want it to go to the Source; I can either right-click here and choose our New Destination, or I can drag and drop our destination from the Destinations, and now we're ready to go.

I'm going to hit Submit. Go ahead and start compressing. As this compresses, the name of this end file will be our file, the date, with the extra information of what we did for our actual Compressor settings. We're going to get all that information in the final job, meaning you know when it was compressed, how it was compressed. And it's in a folder that you need, a folder that fits for your workflow, so you know where it's going to go and what its appropriate use is.

I build all sorts of different destinations that are client-specific or job- specific, so I know what they're for, and I almost always append the date to them, so I know when they were built. This will really help you keep all of your compressed material organized. When this compression is done, we'll take a look at it out in the Finder. Now that it's done, we're going to go out to the Finder, and you'll see, in our For Online Upload, when I open up this folder, here is our Mission Statement. It has been compressed. Hey, I don't remember when it was compressed. There is the date, and there is the exact setting we used in Compressor, in case we need to either recompress it, because we've made a mistake and we chose the wrong setting, or we wanted to just double-check to make other video this way, we can see that exact naming.

This is the real beauty of destinations. It allows you to decide where you'd like your movies to go, and it allows you to really choose some granularity in its nomenclature for its actual naming as a finished file.

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