Getting Started Quickly Using This Computer Plus

Using This Computer Plus in Compressor gives you an easy way to take advantage of the distributed processing capabilities offered by Apple Qmaster without requiring a lot of knowledge about how clusters are configured, how to set up file sharing, and so on.

Using This Computer Plus is a two-step process:

  • Creating Apple Qmaster service nodes in Compressor on your networked computers

  • Selecting This Computer Plus when you submit a Compressor batch for processing

These two steps let you harness the processing power of any number of computers on your network without any additional effort or knowledge on your part.

Note: Within a distributed processing system, the Compressor, QuickTime, and Mac OS versions must all be identical.

Stage 1: Creating Service Nodes

Once you have installed Compressor on a computer you want to use as a service node, you need to configure its Apple Qmaster Sharing window.

To configure a computer as a service node
  1. In Compressor, choose Apple Qmaster > Share This Computer.

    The Apple Qmaster Sharing pane appears.

  2. Select “Share this computer” and “as Services only.”

    Figure. "Share this computer" section in the Apple Qmaster Sharing window.
  3. Select Compressor in the Services area. Make sure “Require these services to only be used in managed clusters” is not selected.

  4. Click OK.

This computer is now available for Compressor to use as an unmanaged service node. Additionally, Final Cut Pro and Motion can use it when you select This Computer Plus in any of their Share menu options.

Stage 2: Submitting Compressor Batches for Processing

When you submit a Compressor batch for processing, a dialog appears that allows you to name the batch and select the computers to process the batch. At this point, you can harness the processing power of all the computers you set up as service nodes in stage 1 to complete the batch.

Figure. Compressor submit dialog window.
To process the batch using This Computer Plus
  1. Leave the Cluster pop-up menu set to the default selection (This Computer).

  2. Select the This Computer Plus checkbox.

    Compressor and Apple Qmaster coordinate the distribution of the processing tasks between the available computers and deposit the resulting output files at the location(s) you designated in Compressor.