About Changing Values and Timecode Entries

Compressor includes several types of value entry methods. Most of them have features that can make changing the values or timecode fields much easier.

Using Value Sliders

There are two methods used to enter general numeric values: traditional sliders with separate numeric entry fields and value sliders that combine the slider with the numeric entry field.

Figure. Value sliders.

Value sliders allow you to enter a specific number in the value field or to drag in the value field to set a value. When using the value sliders, you can use a modifier key to make normal, small, or large value adjustments. Dragging in the middle area (where the number is) works the same as an ordinary slider; dragging to the right increases the value and dragging to the left decreases the value. Additionally, you can click the right or left arrow to change the value one step at a time. You can also double-click the number itself and type a new number to enter a specific number in the value field.

To change values in normal increments
Do one of the following:
  • Drag left or right in the value field.

  • Click the left arrow to decrease a value, or click the right arrow to increase a value.

  • If you have a three-button mouse with a scroll wheel, click in the value field and use the scroll wheel on the mouse.

To change values in fine increments
Do one of the following:
  • Option-drag in the value field.

  • Option-click the left arrow to decrease a value, or Option-click the right arrow to increase a value.

  • If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, Option-scroll in the value field.

To change values in coarse increments
Do one of the following:
  • Shift-drag in the value field.

  • Shift-click the left arrow to decrease a value, or Shift-click the right arrow to increase a value.

  • If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, Shift-scroll in the value field.

When a value slider or value field is active (highlighted), press Tab to move to the next field.

Using Timecode Value Sliders

Compressor uses timecode value sliders for all timecode entry fields. In addition to being able to enter timecode values directly, you can “scrub” the timecode value by dragging.

If you place the pointer over a segment of the timecode, small arrows appear above and below that segment.

Figure. A value slider with the pointer over a segment.

You can drag up or to the right to increase the value in that segment (values in segments to the left will also increment if your dragging causes the selected segment to roll over). Dragging to the left or down decreases the value. You can hold down the Option key to make the value changes slower, or the Shift key to make them faster.

Alternatively, you can click the up and down arrows on each side of the timecode value or press the keyboard’s Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease the timecode value.

Figure. A value slider with a segment selected and the pointer clicking the up arrow.

You can control which segment is affected by the up and down arrows by selecting a segment so that a caret appears below the segment. You can also use the keyboard’s Left Arrow and Right Arrow keys to select other segments.