Compressor: QuickTime Components

If you are using Compressor Software, then you may be interested in using QuickTime components. These features allow you to install the QuickTime player files in your computer. If you want to use these components with the compressor, then you will have to insert a plug, which is called QuickTime Components. With this in place, you will be able to encode videos more quickly, and create sharper images when you upload them or play them in a digital format. In order to get the best from your QuickTime Components, it is a good idea to take a little time and learn how they work before you proceed.

Materials Needed

  • Compressor Software
  • QuickTime Components
  • Computer
  • Video media

Step 1: Installing the QuickTime Components

Before you can begin to use the components, you will need to install the software onto your computer. Fitting the components onto your computer is not too difficult, as most of the parts will go into the QuickTime library. Once all of the parts are installed, you can go to your QuickTime directory, and look at the different panels parts available. Import and Export capacities will both be found in the QuickTime Library, so make sure both these parts are installed before you try and use the compressor again. You may also find that your components come with a preset encoding platform, but you can remove this if you wish to.

Step 2: Creating a Custom Preset

Once you have all of your components installed, you will need to create a custom preset in the Compressor, which will allow you to use the new devices. Go to the Compressor, and then open the Presets tab. There, you will find a Settings window. Click on this, and you will be offered the chance to 'create a new setting'. Once you have clicked on this section, you will find a drop down box. In this box should be "QuickTime Export components. Select this, and you will now be able to use the QuickTime components every time you work with the Compressor.

Step 3: Using QuickTime Components

Once you are using QuickTime Components, you will have access to a range of choices which will give you the chance to choose how you want to encode your current video. For example, you will be asked to pick between One Pass or Two Pass, or to decide the Bit Rate. If you are not sure which of the options to choose, you can go into the Profiles menu of the components, and choose one of the many presets that are there.

Step 4: Choosing Other Options

While the components has a large number of available video presets, some of the audio is rather weak, so you may need to correct this yourself manually. Click on the audio button, and choose which of the two options you think are best. These will usually be 2-pass constant bit rate options, but you may try fiddling with the audio settings to get the right one for your video.

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