Monday, 15 June 2015

3 Things You Need to Know About Compressor


You may have noticed that here at SWAGGER Media, we're HUGE Compressor fans since we mention it in a lot of our blog posts (guilty!). This software has been part of our post-production workflow ever since I joined the team, and I have to say that it has truly helped us improve and standardize our file packaging processes. 

"What makes it so wonderful?" You may ask. Well, here are my favorite Compressor features that make our post life A LOT EASIER. Plus, they're pretty cool. 



1. Presets, presets, PRESETS! 


On my last blog post I mentioned how Final Cut Pro X and Compressor work together while “sharing” a file, including the ability of importing and using your Compressor presets while exporting media.

Setting up your own presets is so EASY, and it saves a lot of time, especially when you’re packaging 10 videos at once, using different codecs and extensions. To set up a preset or custom setting:
  • Go to your Built-In settings tab in your left side panel.
  • Right click + Duplicate the setting you want to add to your presets. You can also go to the plus sign (+) located on the lower left corner + Click on New Setting.
 

  • You'll now see your duplicate or your new setting underneath your Custom droplet. 
  • Double click on your preset + Rename is as desired. 
  • Double click on your preset + Go to your Inspector in your right side panel. 
  • Modify General, Video, and Audio settings to meet your personal preferences. For example, if you're creating a YouTube preset, adjust your settings to create your ideal or standard YouTube compression.
  • If you want to group your custom settings per category (which I highly recommend), you can go to the plus sign (+) + New Group. This will allow you to organize your presets by group or droplets. I'm currently working with the following:

2. Video Effects

Compressor also allows you to add final touches to your project when needed. This includes features like restoring black & white, sharpening, adjusting brightness or contrast, or even adding a timecode or watermark to your video. To add video effects: 
  • Add a video file to Compressor by dragging or importing 
  • Drag or add a custom or built-in setting.
  • Click on your setting + Go to your Video Inspector
  • Scroll down + Click on the Add Video Effect tab.
  • Select effect(s) of your preference and enjoy! 

3. Source & Output Comparison Display 

This is where it gets even cooler! While you’re playing around with effects and corrections, you can easily check how your output is going to look in comparison with your source file. Let's say you wanted to add some Gamma Correction to your video: 
  • Follow the steps started above to add the video effect.
  • Click on the Source & Output Comparison icon (underneath your video player).
  • Position the comparison divider (vertical line) where needed. 
  • Preview effect while adjusting it. 

Pretty cool, right? 



So, tell us, are you a Compressor fan? What are your favorite Compressor features? If you are not familiar with it, what kind of software do you prefer when it comes to compressing and packaging files? Tell us all about it in the comment section below or tweet to us @Swagger_Media!


¡Hasta la próxima!









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