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Tip #1610: Add Automated Job Actions in Compressor

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Job Actions can trigger an Automator workflow for extensive automation.

The Job Action menu options inside Apple Compressor.

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Apple Compressor has eight pre-built automation tasks that can be triggered when compression is complete.

These include:

  • Save the file
  • Add to TV Home Videos
  • Create a Blu-ray or AVCHD Disc
  • Create a DVD
  • Open with a specific application
  • Prepare for HTTP Live Streaming
  • Run Automator Workflow
  • Send Email
  • Post to YouTube or Facebook

To access these:

  • Select a file in the Job list.
  • Scroll down in the Job Inspector (top red arrow) to the bottom.
  • In the Action menu (bottom red arrow), select what you want Compressor to do when compression is complete.

Most of the time, I simply want Compressor to save a file. However, I used HTTP Live Streaming every week to provide mobile device support for my webinars.

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For true flexibility, you can couple Compressor to Automator for significant file processing after compression is complete.


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