Using the Inspector with Source Media Files

When you select a batch’s job, the Inspector window shows you information about the job’s source media file.

The Inspector window contains three tabs: A/V Attributes, Additional Information, and Job Action.

A/V Attributes Tab

The A/V Attributes tab contains general information about the source media file and is divided into three sections.

Figure. The A/V Attributes tab in the Inspector window.
  • File information: This section shows the filename, location, and type of file.
  • Video information: This section, when applicable, shows all video-related information about the file. This includes its frame size, frame rate, and timecode information.
  • Audio information: This section, when applicable, shows all audio-related information about the file. This includes its sample size and sample rate.

Additional Information Tab

The Additional Information tab allows you to see and modify a variety of metadata items that might have been added in other applications such as Final Cut Pro or QuickTime. It also includes the ability to associate a closed caption file with the file.

Figure. The Additional Information tab in the Inspector window.
To associate a closed caption file with a job’s source media file
  1. Click the job to show the source media file’s attributes in the Inspector window.

  2. Click the Additional Information tab.

  3. Click Choose, locate the closed caption file (must be a Scenarist closed caption format file, usually with an .scc file extension), and click Open.

Note: Closed caption data is supported by the H.264 for Apple Devices, MPEG-2, and QuickTime Movie output formats.

Depending on the output format of the job’s target, Compressor applies the closed caption file to the output media files.

  • For QuickTime outputs: Compressor adds the closed caption file as a closed caption track to the QuickTime output file. You can view the closed captions using QuickTime Player (version 7.2 or later).
  • For MPEG-2 elementary stream outputs: Compressor embeds the closed caption data in an elementary MPEG-2 video stream so that it can be used for DVD authoring.
  • For MPEG-2 program and transport stream outputs: Compressor embeds the closed caption data in program and transport MPEG-2 streams using the EIA-708 ATSC protocol.

Important: The timecode values in the closed caption file must directly relate to the timecode of the source media file. You can open a closed caption file in TextEdit to see the timecode values it contains (the actual text is encoded and cannot be read this way).

To add an annotation
  1. Click the job to show the source media file’s attributes in the Inspector window.

  2. Click the Additional Information tab.

  3. Use the Add Annotation pop-up menu to choose the type of annotation.

    Figure. The Add Annotation pop-up menu in the Additional Information tab of the Inspector window.
  4. Double-click the corresponding Value field and enter the annotation text.

    Figure. A Value field in the Additional Information tab of the Inspector window being edited.
  5. Click Save.

Note: This Add Annotation feature is supported by the H.264 for Apple Devices, MP3, and QuickTime Movie output formats.

Job Action Tab

The Job Action tab allows you to apply and adjust post-transcoding actions to entire jobs.

Figure. The Job Action tab in the Inspector window.

For complete details on using the Job Action tab, see Adding Job Actions.