Compressor 4 - Creating a Destination

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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.


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Creating and Changing Destinations

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You can create the following destinations.

Local: Any directory on your own computer

Open Volume: Any shared volume open on your desktop

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


Open the Destinations tab.


Click the Add (+) button.

The Destination Selection dialog appears.


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.


Double-click the new destination in the Destinations tab.

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


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.


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

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.


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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.


About the Destinations Tab

for more details about these settings.

To change the default destination


Choose Compressor > Preferences.


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

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