How To Create Custom Output Settings with Compressor

Final Cut Studio's settings compressor comes with many default settings that you can use to start compressing your jobs right away. You can, however, create your own custom settings, create more than one group of settings, create custom settings from scratch and delete them as well. If you would like to create your own settings, then you will need to follow the steps below.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Compressor

Step 1: Creating a Setting

You will open up the Settings tab and choose a format for your output. You will need to click the Add button and then click the File Format module. After your setting has been created, it can be customized with other adjustments like filters and pixel sizes. You can make additional adjustments under the Inspector window. 

Step 2: Previewing Your Setting

Before submitting your batch, you may want to go ahead and make it a good habit to preview your settings. This can save you a lot of time and hassle later on down the road. This can be done under the Preview window. Previewing your setting will assure you that the output quality of your media file is the way you want it. Using the preview pane, you will be able to view your media file in its original form and also with your custom settings in a side by side view. 

From the Preview window, you are able to play your media file, preview the effects in real time, change the effect of your filters, change the geometry settings of your actual setting, and compare versions of the source or output. You can crop the file frame size of the output, modify the aspect ratio and add different markers. You will not be able to preview Frame Control settings. You will need to do a test transcode of a small part of your source media file if you want to preview a Frame Control Setting.

Step 3: Creating the Destination

Your transcoded file will be saved in the same folder as your source media file. This is set up to happen by default. If you would like to store your source media file in a different place, then you will have to create a new destination for it. You can do this under the Destination tab. Within the Destination tab, you can choose any folder, any volume or any remote server that you have access to for your destination. You can also add file Ids for your output files that have been transcoded. When you have created enough destination locations, you will not have to open up the Destinations tab any more. 

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