Compressor 4 Essential Training
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Using Compressor with QuickTime files


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Compressor 4 Essential Training

with Jeff I. Greenberg

Video: Using Compressor with QuickTime files

We have a number of starting points with Compressor, but a very common one is going to be with a raw QuickTime file--something that came out of a video application or possibly a motion graphics piece of software. So what we are going to do here is we are going to take this piece of video, we are going to punch it through Compressor, and we are just going to see what the whole workflow is, from start to finish. We may speed up the actual compression part, but you are going to see this actually work in real time for everything else. So I am going to go ahead and start up Compressor. Here we have the windows laid out for me, and you will notice I get this template batch right away.

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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

Using Compressor with QuickTime files

We have a number of starting points with Compressor, but a very common one is going to be with a raw QuickTime file--something that came out of a video application or possibly a motion graphics piece of software. So what we are going to do here is we are going to take this piece of video, we are going to punch it through Compressor, and we are just going to see what the whole workflow is, from start to finish. We may speed up the actual compression part, but you are going to see this actually work in real time for everything else. So I am going to go ahead and start up Compressor. Here we have the windows laid out for me, and you will notice I get this template batch right away.

Anytime you see this, you can go ahead and say Cancel. So if you take a look up here in the top left, this is the batch area. We've got this one job here. That's empty. It says Drag Settings and Destinations Here. We need to put a movie in as well. Pick a setting and a destination. Now if you go up to the File menu, there is no Import. This is kind of a different piece of software. It's very much a drag-and-drop piece of software. What I need to do is be able to reach out to the Finder. There you can see our video, and I am just going to drag and drop it directly into this batch.

There is our video right there. Let me hide that. So we need to just pick a setting and a destination. I could, at the top of the Settings window, start doing some searching, but I think for this first one I am just going to roll this open, so you can see some other settings we have. I am going to pick an Apple device, and in this case I am going to build this for my iPhone. I am going to drag this little icon right up here. You'll see now it's already picked a destination, the source. That's fine for this first one. So we have a video, our source; we have a setting, HD for Apple Devices, 5 megabits per second; and we are going to send it to where that source file lives-- in this case on that drive. And I am going to press the Submit button.

The moment I do we get a choice to name this batch because it's going to go on through background and compression. I am going to hit Submit, and we are off to the races. Notice in the bottom right we've got there where it says Untitled, 1 job, 1 target, and that tells us how much time is remaining. Now this is a 30-second movie. It looks like it's going to take a minute, and I know in post-production the fine people at lynda are just going to speed this up so we don't actually have to sit and wait for all of this. The job is over. It's been successful. I am just going to hide Compressor. You can see out here on the desktop there is that file.

Here's the original. This time I am going to use the spacebar, a Macintosh feature known as Quick Look. There is the original file. (clip playing) It was scaled down to fit in my screen, and here's the compressed file. (clip playing) It looks nearly the same, and the beauty here is we've got it twenty-five times smaller than the original. So there is a real basic of how to start out with a QuickTime file and end with a compressed file.

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