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Working with Actions

Actions occur after Compressor processes the media. They perform tasks such as burning DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, uploading movies to MobileMe and YouTube, and running AppleScripts or Automator actions. Compressor contains two types of actions: job and setting.

Using Job Actions

Lesson 2 covers job actions and batch templates in detail, but here are some general considerations when working with these types of post-transcoding tasks.

The Run Automator Workflow job action, though seemingly simple, is quite powerful.

Automator-created scripts can significantly increase your productivity and efficiency in a wide variety of tasks and functions. For more information on Automator and scripting applications and Mac OS X, go to www.macosxautomation.com/automator/.

Resolving Conflicts with Job Actions

Compressor will display alerts and warnings if you attempt to configure a specific job action with incompatible targets.

Using Settings Actions

Settings actions let you send a post-transcode email to a single recipient or to run a single AppleScript after encoding is completed. Both actions are linked directly to a specific setting, and you control these tasks in the Actions pane of the Inspector.

Before enabling email notification, you must configure Compressor’s preferences by choosing Compressor > Preferences.

To evaluate your understanding of the concepts covered in this lesson and to prepare for the Apple Pro Certification Exam, download the online quiz at www.peachpit.com/apts.compressor.

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