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Setting smarter preferences


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Compressor 4 Essential Training

with Jeff I. Greenberg

Video: Setting smarter preferences

Like most well-designed software, the default preferences are good for most people, but we can just adjust one or two things to just get us a little bit better speed out of Compressor. We're going to do that by going up to the Compressor > Preferences, and there are two real adjustments I think that are worth pointing out. The first is you can pick a default setting from any of the settings you've built, any of the Apple settings, any of the custom settings, as well as the default destination. Where this really buys you time is if you're always compressing, for example, to go up to Vimeo or YouTube, you might as well set as a default along the default destination for this, so every time you start it's got this already preset for you.
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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
Subject:
Video
Software:
Compressor
Author:
Jeff I. Greenberg

Setting smarter preferences

Like most well-designed software, the default preferences are good for most people, but we can just adjust one or two things to just get us a little bit better speed out of Compressor. We're going to do that by going up to the Compressor > Preferences, and there are two real adjustments I think that are worth pointing out. The first is you can pick a default setting from any of the settings you've built, any of the Apple settings, any of the custom settings, as well as the default destination. Where this really buys you time is if you're always compressing, for example, to go up to Vimeo or YouTube, you might as well set as a default along the default destination for this, so every time you start it's got this already preset for you.

The other thing that I think is just crazy wonderful is up top, to be able to put in an email address and an outgoing mail server. This way, for long compressions it can email you, and something a worth exploring on your own is most cellular telephones can be reached via an email address, meaning you could actually make this instead of an email address, an SMS to your phone. It's definitely worth exploring. It's something I do. That way I can start a compression, go about my business doing other work, and my phone will get an SMS message when the compression is over.

These are the two big things I think you ought to go in and adjust here in Compressor's preferences.

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