Use Apple Compressor to Analyze Your Media

Posted on by Larry

I was working with Apple Compressor recently and discovered a panel that provides more technical details on your media than QuickTime Player. Plus, it does so quickly and easily, without changing the source clip.

Here’s where it is and how to use it.

NOTE: You can load multiple clips, but you can only select and analyze one clip at a time.

NOTE: A blue icon means the panel is open. A gray icon means the panel is closed.

NOTE: In this screen shot, I added some job annotations using the Fields menu.


Most of the time, opening a media clip with QuickTime Player and selecting File > Get Info gets us the information we want. However, Compressor can take you deeper into your clips and, in some cases, allow you to make changes to the metadata of the media file itself.

This is a handy tool to know about.

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