Distributing and Sharing Settings

Newly created settings are stored in the home folder at /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Compressor/Settings as XML files, with the file extension .setting. You can distribute and share any of your custom settings by placing them into the same location within the home folder of whatever computer you distributed the settings to. You can also transfer these files the same way that you would distribute any other file, by emailing them as an attachment or placing them on a server.

Note: Settings created using Compressor 4 or later are not compatible with earlier versions of Compressor.

A quick and easy way to copy a settings file is to simply drag the setting from the Settings tab to your desktop or a Finder window. From there, you can attach it to an email or copy it to another folder or volume.

To copy a setting directly from Compressor
  • Drag one or more settings from the Settings tab to the Finder (to the desktop, for example).

Conversely, you can add a setting to Compressor by simply dragging its file from the Finder.

To apply or add a setting to Compressor from the Finder
Do one of the following:
  • Drag one or more settings from the Finder to the Custom group in the Settings tab.

    The settings appear in the Custom group in the Settings tab.

  • Drag one or more settings from the Finder to an empty space in the Batch window.

    A new job appears with one or more target rows populated with the settings.

  • Drag one or more settings from the Finder to an empty space on a job tile in the Batch window.

    One or more new target rows appear on the job, populated with the settings.

You can also add settings to Compressor using Droplets. For more information, see Using Droplets to Create Jobs and Settings in Compressor.