Add and remove effects in Compressor
Compressor provides a variety of video and audio effects that you can use to improve the quality of the video and audio in the transcoded file. Video effects modify specific visual aspects of your source media, such as brightness and contrast, color, noise levels, and interlacing. Audio effects modify sound aspects in your source media, such as dynamic range, peaking, and equalizer effects.
Because effects are processed one by one by Compressor during transcoding—starting with the first item in the list—it’s important that you add the effects in the order you want them applied. For example, it’s sensible to add a text overlay effect last in your list of effects so that its text color isn’t modified by other effects.
To add an effect to an output file, you add the effect to a preset and then use that preset to output your source file. You can view both the source file and a preview of the transcoded file in the preview area.
You can also assign a custom or creative lookup table (LUT) to give your video a specific look.
Important: As with other properties you add to a preset, effects you add to a built-in preset are not saved for future use. If you want to save the effects you apply to a preset, you must create a custom preset by duplicating the built-in preset that contains the effects. See Create custom presets in Compressor.
Add a video or audio effect
In Compressor, do one of the following:
In the batch area, click an output row to select a preset that is part of a job.
In the Presets pane, select a custom preset from the Custom area. (If the Presets pane is hidden, press Shift-Command-1.)
In the Video inspector or Audio inspector, click the Add Video Effect pop-up menu or the Add Audio Effect pop-up menu, then choose an option.
If the inspector pane is not visible, click the Inspector button in the upper-right corner of the Compressor window.
After you choose an effect from the pop-up menu, its adjustable properties appear at the bottom of the inspector. For detailed information about these properties, see Video effects in Compressor and Audio effects in Compressor. You can apply multiple video and audio effects. When you add an effect, a checkmark appears beside the effect name in the pop-up menu.
Preview effects that you’ve added to a preset by clicking the Play button in the preview area.
Because effects may interact in unexpected ways, be sure to preview the transcoded file each time you add an effect.
Note: Depending on your system, the source media file type and the number of effects in the job, the preview area showing the filter presets may update at a lower frame rate than the source frame rate.
Turn an effect off or on
After adding an effect to a preset, you can turn its properties off or on. This can be useful when previewing an effect.
In Compressor, click the activation checkbox next to the effect properties.
Remove an effect from a preset
In Compressor, click the Add Video Effect pop-up menu (at the bottom of the Video inspector) or the Add Audio Effect pop-up menu (at the bottom of the Audio inspector), then choose a checkmarked item.
The effect’s properties are removed from the list below the pop-up menu.
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