A group of preconfigured properties, identified with the setting icon , that you can apply to a source media file. Settings are used to transcode files into commonly used audio and video formats for Apple devices, podcasting, Internet streaming, post-production, and so on. Each setting includes adjustable properties like output file format, retiming instructions, and optional effects.

Built-in settings are provided with Compressor. You can also create custom settings with the transcoding formats that are included in Compressor.

Settings pane showing a collection of built-in and custom settings.