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Apple Pro Training Series Compressor Quick-Reference Guide by Brian Gary

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8. Test Clip Workflows

Compressor allows you to create a series of encoding jobs easily and then process them unattended. This works especially well if you are comfortable with your encoder settings and have confidence in the output-file quality.

But what do you do when you are not sure of the quality or want to experiment with different presets to find a perfect match for your source media? Encoding multiple test compressions of a two-hour movie is not the most efficient use of your time. Fortunately, Compressor supports both real-time and test preview workflows that will represent the final output quality without requiring you to encode an entire movie.

Real-Time Previews

Double-clicking source media or presets in the Batch window loads them ...

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