About the Batch Window

The Batch window provides a central location for organizing your transcoding tasks and quickly assigning settings. When you first open Compressor, an untitled Batch window appears. Think of batches as documents that can be saved, closed, and opened again. You use the toolbar at the top of the Batch window to open all other task windows.

Figure. Batch window.

General Batch Window Information

Batches are the heart of your Compressor workflow, and the Batch window is where you work with the batches. The Batch window supports having multiple batches open at once, showing them as separate tabs.

To create a new batch
  • Choose File > New Batch (or press Command-N).

    A new untitled batch is added to the Batch window. Depending on how For New Batches is configured in Compressor preferences, the Batch Template Chooser may appear.

    Note: To create a new batch and make sure the Batch Template Chooser appears, choose File > New Batch from Template (or press Command-Shift-N).

Figure. The untitled batch tab in the Batch window.

See Saving and Opening a Batch File for more information about batch files. See About the Batch Template Chooser for more information about the Batch Template Chooser.

You can even have multiple Batch windows open, with each containing a different batch, by dragging a batch’s tab to a new location. See About the Tabs for information on dragging tabs to open or close additional Batch windows.

The Batch window has a Submit button, located in the lower-right corner, that you can use to begin transcoding the currently selected batch. The lower-left corner shows the status of the current batch (how many jobs it contains and whether it has been submitted).

About the Batch Template Chooser

To simplify common workflows, Compressor includes a Batch Template Chooser that can appear anytime you create a new batch. The For New Batches setting in Compressor Preferences controls whether the Batch Template Chooser appears. See About Compressor Preferences for details on this setting.

The Batch Template Chooser contains a variety of options you can choose from to configure a new batch.

Figure. Batch Template Chooser.

Choosing a template adds one or more settings to the batch, as well as a job action to be executed once the batch output is finished.

The standard Apple batch templates are listed below.

  • Create Audio Podcast: Use this template to create an AAC audio file suitable for podcasting and add it to the iTunes library.
  • Create Blu-ray disc: Use this template to create BD H.264 video and Dolby Digital Professional (.ac3) audio files and automatically burn them to a Blu-ray disc or an AVCHD disc (AVCHD discs can be played in Blu-ray Disc players that are compatible with the AVCHD format).
  • Create DVD: Use this template to create a standard definition DVD using MPEG-2 (.m2v) video and Dolby Digital Professional (.ac3) audio and automatically burn it to a disc.
  • HTTP Live Streaming: Use this template to create a set of files you can use to stream a movie to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, using an ordinary server.
  • Publish to Apple TV: Use this template to create a video file suitable for viewing on Apple TV and add it to the iTunes library.
  • Publish to YouTube: Use this template to create a video file suitable for viewing on YouTube and upload it to a YouTube account.

Note: Your choice of a template should be based on the intended use of the output media file you are creating. If there is no obvious template for your intended workflow, you may want to try the manual method. For more information, see Quick and Easy Compressor Workflow: Manual Method. For information about creating custom templates, see Creating a Custom Batch Template.

Creating a Custom Batch Template

You can save any batch as a custom batch template. Custom batch templates appear as options in the Batch Template Chooser, alongside the default Apple batch templates. Custom batch templates can save you time, particularly with workflows that you repeat often.

To create a custom batch template
  1. In the Batch window, do one of the following to open a batch with the characteristics (jobs, settings, destinations, job actions, and so on) that you want in the batch template:

  2. Choose File > Save as Template.

  3. In the dialog that appears, enter a name and description, then click OK.

    The custom batch template is saved.

Optionally, choose File > New Batch from Template to open the Batch Template Chooser and confirm or use your new custom batch template.

About the Batch Window Toolbar

The Batch window has a customizable toolbar along its top. You can choose whether to show or hide the toolbar by clicking the button in the window’s upper-right corner.

Figure. The show/hide toolbar button in the Batch window.

You can choose to have a variety of items in the toolbar, such as items to open, save, or close a batch. See Customizing the Toolbar for details on the items you can add and how to add them.