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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.
It's fairly common to go ahead and use Final Cut Pro X and choose to share something with Compressor directly, but you also have the ability to pick any of the other share items and choose midway through. "Hey, I really should need to use Compressor." In our case, we're going to make a DVD, so we're going to tell this to go ahead and share, Share a DVD, but I realize while I wanted to build the DVD, I want to do two things with it: one, we don't really need a Compressor for--the second we do. I don't want this actually to burn a physical disc; I would like this to build it to my hard drive.
That way we can use Apple's DVD Player to actually play it back without having to actually waste a disc. But it's here under the Advanced tab. I realized, I'd like this, instead of just showing a menu, to play a movie, but I'd like when it plays the movie to put a watermark up, some text saying "for approval only." This way my client walks out of my facility with a DVD that says, "for approval only," and we can't do that without Compressor. So what I'm going to do here is settle this up and under the Advanced tab at the top, choose Send to Compressor.
Choosing this opens up Compressor, preps everything up here in my batch area-- you'll notice we've got two items on this job-- It's going to build the correct AC3 file for a DVD, as well as an MPEG-2, and you can notice up here in the top right it's going to create a DVD. This is a perfect chance for us to take a quick look at the Inspector window. We're going to be looking at it in other sections as well. With nothing selected, you'll see there is nothing selected in the Inspector. When I have the job selected, you can see here that we have our Job Action, and our job action is to create a DVD to our hard drive.
When I have an actual entry, like this one here, MPEG-2, I can go ahead and pick from any of these tabs on the Inspector to change what's going to happen. So again, the Inspector will vary based on what we're touching. And in this case, to add a watermark I need it to be touching the piece of video the MPEG-2 we're going to build. So with this selected, I'm going to choose, from one of these tabs, I just want to a brief overview of the tab, so I'm not really interested in all of them right now. We're looking at the Summary and you'll see me talk about this again.
We have our Encoder tab, we have our Frame Controls tab, and we have the tab we care about here, our Filters. And the filter that we're going to want to look at is down this list; it's called Text Overlay. I just want to add a little bit of text, and the text I want to add here is going to be "For Approval Only." I'm not going to show you how to change the color and the font. I think if you're a Macintosh user at this point you get this idea. All I've done is clicked in the Preview window and move the playhead to a different frame so you can see the words "For Approval Only." This shows up because it's on the right side of this bar.
This little divider here lets you sit back and see partial, or all the, information; this is a before and after. So if you move this bar or if you don't see your words, you may need to adjust this bar at the top. With this set up, all that's left is for me to hit Submit. This is still almost essentially the same as a regular Final Cut Pro project. We send it over, we get our Final Cut file, we get--in this case--two pieces-- that's what we get for a DVD--but each setting goes to a specific spot.
It's telling us our Shared Items. And when I hit Submit, it's going to go to the races. It's as if we've picked it to setting from down here. We've done all of this by starting in Final Cut Pro, saying make the DVD, and then all we've done is modify this one so we can put a little text overlay from the Filters tab here. So I'm going to hit Submit. Let's go ahead and say Submit again. This is telling it what sort of priority, because this of course is occurring underneath the hood of our Macintosh. You can see it start in the bottom right. And this will take a little bit of time, because it's going to not only down-convert the video; it's going to add this "For Approval Only," it's going to build the audio, and then when it's finished, it's going to multiplex it together to make a physical, actual working DVD as an image on our Macintosh.
And when this is done compressing what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and open up Apple's DVD Player and navigate to this video. So with this finished, you'll notice that it's put it in my Shared Items. For those of you new to Final Cut X, you'll actually find that in your Finder where your actual Final Cut Pro projects are. So when I roll up in my projects, you'll see there is my Mission Statement project and inside of it, there is a folder called Shared Items. This is where Final Cut goes and shares any individual pieces like this with other apps.
Notice there is the raw M2V file and the AC3 file. That's the audio and the video for this. But most important is this .img; this .img is the actual DVD. I'm going to double-click to open this up. This will take a moment. You can see the AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS files that are typical for DVD authoring. The last thing I need to do is open up my DVD software. And say in my Applications you'll notice there is a DVD player and it automatically sends that.
Let me stop this with the spacebar. You can see that the moment I opened up the DVD Player it saw where I was and immediately opened up and started playing our video. And the big thing here is of course in the bottom right, the words "For Approval Only." So the beautiful thing here is we can start from Final Cut X, use something common--like make a DVD--and choose to send it to Compressor to give us our added flexibility to make changes after the fact beyond of what Final Cut can do.
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