Assigning Settings

This section describes how you can assign settings to source media files and replace or modify assigned settings.

Assigning Settings to Source Media Files

You can use a variety of methods to assign settings to a job. Some methods, such as dragging the setting from the Settings tab, are better suited to working with one job. Other methods, such as using the shortcut menu, are better for assigning the same settings to a group of jobs. You can even assign settings by dragging (settings or Droplets) from the Finder.

Note: The following steps assume you have already added source media files to a batch, creating the jobs to which you are adding the settings. See Importing Source Media Files for details on importing source media files.

Tip: You can Option-click a setting group’s disclosure triangle to expand that group (and all subgroups) and show all the settings it contains.

To assign a setting to a job by dragging
  1. Select one or more settings or groups of settings in the Settings tab.

  2. Drag the settings to the job in the Batch window.

    Figure. Batch window and Settings tab, showing settings being dragged to the job in the Batch window.

A new target is created for each setting that you added to the batch’s job.

Figure. New targets in the job in the Batch window.

Note: You can only apply the settings to a single job when you assign them by dragging.

To assign a setting to a job using the Target menu
  1. Select one or more jobs in the Batch window’s current batch.

  2. Choose Target > Add Target With Setting.

    The settings selection dialog appears over the Batch window.

    Figure. The settings selection dialog.
  3. Choose one or more settings or groups of settings to assign to the jobs, and click Add.

The settings are assigned to each selected job.

To assign a setting to a job using the shortcut menu
  1. Select one or more jobs in the Batch window’s current batch.

  2. Control-click one of the selected jobs and choose New Target With Setting from the shortcut menu.

    The shortcut menu lists the settings based on their groups. You cannot directly choose a group to be assigned, but each group contains an “All” item that selects all the group’s settings.

    Note: You cannot select multiple individual settings with this method.

  3. Choose a setting or All to choose all settings in a group.

The settings are applied to all selected jobs.

To assign a setting from the Finder
Do one of the following:
  • 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.

For more information, see Distributing and Sharing Settings

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

Replacing an Assigned Setting with a Different Setting

After you have assigned a setting to a job, you might find a more suitable setting and decide to change the target’s setting to the new one. You can use several methods to change a target’s setting. All of these methods leave the destination and output filename settings as they are.

To replace a setting already assigned to a target with a different setting
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Target > Change Setting. This opens the setting selection dialog where you can choose a new setting and click Add to assign it to the selected target.

  • Control-click the target and choose Change Setting from the shortcut menu. This opens the setting selection dialog where you can choose a new setting and click Add to assign it to the selected target.

  • Select the new setting in the Settings tab and drag it to the target.

Note: With all the above methods, if you select multiple settings, only the top one is assigned to the target.

Modifying an Assigned Setting

You can edit or change any component of a setting that has already been assigned to a source media file in the Batch window (identified as Selected Target in the Inspector window).

To modify a setting already assigned to a source media file in the Batch window
  1. Select the target in the batch with the setting that you want to change.

    The setting appears in the Inspector window with Selected Target in the Name field. This is a temporary copy of the setting and not the setting itself, so you can make temporary modifications to the setting for just that one batch submission.

    Figure. Batch window with target selected. Inspector window with Selected Target in the Name field.
  2. Make the changes to the setting.

    When you modify the setting, the Save As button at the bottom of the Inspector window becomes active.

  3. Click Save As to save the modified setting with a new name.

    The saved copy appears in the Settings tab as Setting Name-Copy and immediately becomes the selected setting in the Settings tab.

    Note: You do not have to save the modified setting, but it is a good idea to save it in case you need to use it again later.