Create and use droplets

You can save one or more settings or a destination as a standalone application called a droplet. Using the droplet, you can easily transcode files by dragging them to the droplet icon in the Finder.

Droplet on the desktop

Create a droplet

  1. In the Settings tab, select one or more settings, setting groups, or a destination that you want to save as a droplet.

    Note: You can Shift-click or Command-click to add multiple settings or setting groups.

    If you selected more than one setting, a destination that contains two or more settings, or a group of settings, every setting in your selection will be included in the droplet. For example, if you submit two source media files to a Droplet containing three settings, Compressor creates six different output media files.

  2. Choose Save as Droplet from the Action pop-up menu .

  3. In the window that appears, do the following:

    • Enter a name for the droplet in the Save As field.

    • Specify a location for the droplet using the Where pop-up menu.

    • In the Location pop-up menu, choose where you want the droplet to save transcoded files.

  4. Click Save.

Your newly created droplet appears as an icon in the location you chose in the Where menu.

Transcode files using a droplet

  1. In the Finder, drag one or more media files onto the droplet.

    Three QuickTime movies being dragged to droplet on the desktop

    When you release the mouse button, the Droplet window opens.

    Droplet window
  2. In the Droplet window, do either or both of the following:

  3. Click Start Batch.

    The transcoded file appears in the location you specified.

If you want to view the processing status of your source media files, open Compressor and click Active at the top of the Compressor window (or press Command-2). To view completed jobs, click Completed at the top of the Compressor window (or press Command-3).