1. Interface Basics

Content distribution has become both varied and multifaceted. Gone are the days when laying your final edit out to tape was the only option. Now you may find yourself producing viewer copies for video iPods during editorial, encoding high-quality trailers for the Web, and creating both standard- and high-definition DVDs along with tape for the final output.

Fortunately, Compressor handles all the nontape, digital workflows in a simple, efficient interface.

Compressor uses four main windows to guide you through the different steps in the encoding process: the Preview window, the Inspector window, the Batch window, and the Presets window.

The Preview Window

The Preview window interface is divided into three functions: Display ...

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