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Using Destinations

Destinations are a second, very important part of a target because they tell Compressor where to output the encoded media.

Source (the same folder where the input media originated) is the default destination that Compressor automatically applies to new targets.

Modifying a Target’s Destination

Compressor offers three ways to change a target’s output location from the default destination:

You can also modify the destination by selecting a target, choosing Target > Destination, and then selecting the output location from the options in the list. Choose Other to define a custom destination for the selected target.

With the target selected, choose Target > Destination and choose a location from the submenu.

Creating Custom Destinations

You can create permanent custom destinations in the Destinations tab of the Settings window by modifying existing destinations or creating new destinations based on a local or remote output location. Local destinations are storage devices connected to your computer, whereas remote locations are devices that you connect to via a network (file server) or the Internet (such as an FTP site or MobileMe account).

Choosing Local Destinations

When you choose Local, an Open drop-down window appears in which you can choose the output location on a drive or device directly connected to your computer. Navigate to the desired location and click Open.

The new custom destination will appear in the Custom folder. In the Inspector window, name the destination and modify its properties.

You can use the Output Filename Template field and pop-up menu to modify which suffixes Compressor appends to the output filename. The default export option only uses the source media’s name and the target file extension. For example, if your source media is a DV NTSC clip with a filename of My Movie.mov, and you apply an Apple TV target, the output filename would be My Movie.m4v.

You may find that placing more information in the filename is useful when outputting to custom destinations. For example, you can append the current date to the filename to aid the organization of multiple encoding jobs.

Choosing Remote Destinations

When you choose Remote, a drop-down window appears in which you can input all of your server connection information.

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