Transcode Web Streaming/Data DVD Using Compressor (Old Version)

This tutorial explains how to use Apple’s Compressor program to optimize video files for Web Streaming or burning a Data DVD.

This workflow can be used for preparing video for Ecommons, Youtube, Vimeo, or similar web streaming services.

Note: the content for this workflow was created using Compressor version 3.5, which is marked as “Compressor (Old Version)” on our lab computer Dock.

Step 1) Open Compressor.

Step 2) Click “Add File”.

A new window will open, browse to the .mov file you want to compress and click “Open”.

Step 3) In the Settings panel, search for Webcasting in the search bar. Right click (or Control-Click) on the “H.264 Webcasting” preset, and choose “Duplicate”. This will make a new Preset which you can customize:

Note: After this step make sure your new preset is selected in the settings panel. It is a good idea to name it something unique in the “Name” field in the inspector panel. For this example I added – Custom to the end.

Step 4) In the Inspector window, click the Encoder button (circled in red here), and make sure the video is using Fast Start under “Streaming”:

Step 5) Next, click on the Geometry button (circled in red here). If the resolution of your video is smaller than 720 pixels in height, choose “100% of source” as the Frame Size.

If the video is 720 pixels in height or larger (1080p), choose 50% of source as the Frame Size:

Note:If you are uncertain about the frame size of the original file, the easiest way to check is to open it in Quicktime on the Mac, and then press Command – i on the keyboard. This will show you the inspector window in Quicktime and will tell you the resolution of the clip. You are interested in the second number shown–the height of the clip.

When you are done, click the Save button.

Step 6) Next, drag and drop the custom preset onto your clip as shown here:

Step 7) By default Compressor will save the new/converted copy of your .mov file into the same location as the original file came from with the custom setting preset name added to the end of the filename. If you would like the file to go to a different destination, you can specify one by clicking on the Destination tab, and then the + icon on the far right:

Browse to a local folder and click open. After that, drag and drop that destination to the clip above as we did with our custom setting, but this time drop it where it says “Source”:

Step 7) Now you can click “Submit” which will begin the compression process:

You will see a loading bar as the clip compresses; when the conversion is complete it will say so:

Now you are ready to upload your video to the web!