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Multiple Compressor jobs from a single FCPx project

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Dec 2, 2012 8:15 AM

I'm new to Compressor and I'm sure there's an easy answer to this.


I have a single FCPx project with chapter markers inserted to identify the ranges that are to become individual MOVs.  There are five ranges in all.


I'd like to be able to set up five jobs in Compressor to run concurrently, each from a single range.


I can produce an MOV one at a time with no diffculty and get exactly what I want, but when I try to set five going, the ranges become confused and what I specify, for example MOV 'A' from range 'A' becomes MOV 'A' from range 'C' when it completes.  Basically, the MOVs no longer match the assigned ranges.


I'm obviously missing a step that 'glues' the range to the job.  How should I approach this?

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,875 points)

    You probably know this, but it's worth noting that chapter markers only specify the navigation entry point; therefore, five chapter markers will give us five ranges that all have the same ending.


    If you set up a batch in Compressor, you can specify the start and end of ranges with in and out points set in the Preview window. So you would have five different jobs, the same source file but each with different ranges and the title of each output file could be specified by you according to your requirements.


    Jobs in Compressor actually don't run concurrently; but you can submit a batch once and the jobs in that batch will run sequentially.


    Good luck with your project.



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,875 points)

    Rusty Rat wrote:



    Should I be submitting each job individually?


    No, Your batch window should look something like this, except you'd have five jobs – not three – and no warning triangles (I'd already submitted mine  – each of which I renamed).


    Screen shot 2012-12-02 at 12.47.46 PM.png


    You should be good to go.


    Good luck.



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,875 points)

    Try this:


    File>New Job


    Drag movie to source well.


    Drag preset to batch window.


    Set Destination


    Option drag job pane 4 times (to duplicate)


    Put a different prefix at the start of each title of output file as differentiator. (You can always revise title after.)


    Open Preview for each job and mark your in and out points.




    Hopefully you will get the results you're looking for.



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,875 points)

    Hmm. If you have Compressor Repair, run that tool with the trash preferences boxes checked. That usually does the trick.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,875 points)

    Rusty Rat wrote:



    In the meantime, exporting the range using Apple ProRes 422 as an MOV, then dragging that into Compressor seems to be more stable than starting Compressor from within FCPx.

    Yup. I'd export the full movie – then set your ranges in C.


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