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My favorite hidden feature about Compressor is the ability that it has to take an existing movie and inherit or steal its settings, and this couldn't be simpler. It's a drag-and-drop. There is only one little thing I want to point out with it is I'll do almost everything perfect; you just might want to throw one extra switch. We're going to take a look at our Transcode Start movie. You could of course use any movie you want. It doesn't have to be this. I'm just going to get information on it. I'm going to right-click and say Get Information.
I want you to see here in the More Information of its Codec, particularly it's H.264, and its bit rate is 49.067. That's about 49 megabits per second. I am going to go ahead and open up Compressor, and instead of dragging directly into our well here, I'm going to drag into where it says Custom, my Custom settings. It's going to create an untitled setting with what's necessary to build a movie similar to the one I'm dragging into the settings.
So when I drag this here, you'll see this changes from 15 to 16. I am going to scroll down to where it say Untitled. You'll notice it names the setting as identical to the name of the file, and then its description. And you can see here that it's picked the H.264 encoder, and its data rate is 47 megabits per second, exactly what our original was. This is great if you find somebody's movie and you go, boy, I'd like to encode it the way they did. Now the only little switch I want to show you is this.
When you do this, it doesn't know whether it should spend an analysis step of Variable Bit Rate or whether it should just give everything the constant amount. You just want to go to the Video Settings here and make sure any encoding is set for best quality. That way it'll take longer to do the compression, but it'll produce a higher-quality file. Generally speaking, that's one of the things that we almost always want to do when we're setting in compressing files: we're choosing for it to take a little longer for the best quality.
So that's pretty much the idea of stealing settings. You just drag and drop into the custom folder, and then you can go ahead and expect and adjust as needed.
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