Creating a Setting from Scratch

If the preexisting settings are not sufficient for your transcoding needs or if you simply want additional settings, you can create your own.

Note: The recommended procedure for creating custom settings is to duplicate a stock Apple setting and then adjust the copy to suit your needs. For information on duplicating settings, see Duplicating Settings.

To create a setting
  1. Click the Add (+) button in the Settings tab and choose an output format from the pop-up menu.

    Figure. "Create a new setting" pop-up menu in the Settings tab.

    A new setting called Untitled appears in the Custom folder of the Settings tab, appended with the selected output file format (for example, Untitled MPEG-2).

    Figure. The new Untitled setting in the Settings tab.

    The Inspector window also changes to show this setting’s parameters.

    Note: You can always change the output file format for that setting in the Encoder pane of the Inspector, but be sure to change the setting name to reflect its output file format.

  2. Open the following Inspector panes to modify the following items:

    • The setting name and description: Change the name and description to make it easy to remember why you created this custom setting.
    • Encoder pane: Change the output format and video and audio codecs and their associated attributes here.
    • Frame Controls pane: Change any attribute in the Frame Controls pane.
    • Filters pane: Change any filter attributes here. Click the checkbox next to a filter to add it to the setting, or deselect it to remove it from the setting.
    • Geometry pane: Change any attribute in the Geometry pane.
    • Actions pane: Change any attribute in the Actions pane.
  3. Click Save to Save the setting.

See Assigning Settings to Source Media Files for information about assigning settings.

Note: You can create groups of settings that can then be applied to a media file in one step. See Creating Groups of Settings for more information.