Creating a Destination

You use the Destinations tab with the Inspector window to create and assign a destination and to add file identifiers to your output file.

You can create the following destinations.

Note: By default, the output media file destination is the same folder from which the source media files originated. You can change the default destination to any other Destination preset. Choose Compressor > Preferences and use the Default Destination pop-menu to choose from the list of Destination presets.

To create a destination
  1. Open the Destinations tab.

  2. Click the Add (+) button.

    The Destination Selection dialog appears.

  3. Navigate to your chosen destination folder or open mounted volume, then click Open.

    A new destination with the folder’s name appears in the Custom folder of the Destinations tab along with the path to the folder you just assigned.

  4. Double-click the new destination in the Destinations tab.

    The Inspector window opens, showing relevant information for the new destination.

  5. Do either of the following in the Inspector:

    • Modify the name of the new destination in the Name field.

    • Modify the pathname of the new destination by clicking Choose to open the destination selection dialog and navigating to a new folder.

  6. Add file identifiers to your output filename using the pop-up menu in the Output Filename Template field.

    Figure. Filename Template pop-up menu.

    You can also manually edit this field by doing any of the following:

    • Drag the file identifiers to rearrange their order.

    • Click on either side of the file identifiers to type additional text.

    • Use the Delete key on your keyboard to remove any of the file identifiers.

    The Sample From Defined Template field in the Inspector window shows a sample of the output filename with its chosen file identifiers. The default file identifier combination is Source Media Name-Setting Name.

    Note: Avoid customizing your filename templates with anything beginning with a period (.). The resulting file will only be visible via the command line and not visible using the Mac OS X Finder.

    See About the Destinations Tab for more details about these settings.

To change the default destination
  1. Choose Compressor > Preferences.

  2. Use the Default Destination pop-up menu to choose from the list of existing destination presets.

The destination you choose appears as the default destination when you import a new source file in the Batch window.