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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.
Whether you're making a standard- definition disc or a high-definition, a Blu-ray, disc, either way you may need to know how to build markers. Markers allow you to do all sorts of wonderful things in your DVD authoring software, the least of which is being able to jump while you are playing the DVD back from marker to marker. We are just going to quickly examine how Compressor builds markers, regardless of what the source file is, regardless of where it's going to go. I'm going to go ahead and just drag my Mission Statement Starting Point. Again, I really encourage you to use your own footage for this.
And when I get into Compressor, even without a setting, I'm able to scrub through this video. The big thing is, regardless of the setting, it will have the same marker. So if I were to build a Blu-ray and a standard def from the same starting file, I'd want the same markers to take place. They take place over here on the right, under this little icon for markers. I am going to do is tap the letter M to add a marker, and then I might come and hit a Command+E to edit that marker. And what you have to do is up here change it from a Compression marker to a Chapter marker.
You have the abilities to name this. For example, I might call this Dancing. I'm going to do a second one here. I'm going to move a little bit later. Its going to take a moment for that to update. There we go. Let's pick a one more point here instead. Come on, wake up. There we go. Marker, M, Command+E, change it from a Compression marker to a Chapter marker, and I am going to call this Finale. A little footnote here: we have other marker types that Compressor can build, the most important of which happens to be a Chapter.
If you're a podcast builder, if you're somebody who does a lot of podcasting, you may want to explore what the podcast markers can do for you. When building a podcast, they can fire out URLs and certainly bind an image to it. I'm going to say OK. This movie is ready to take whatever custom settings, whatever settings that I want, and it's going to know these markers, which will be seen by DVD authoring software, as well as being seen by DVD playback software.
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