The Podcasting Compression Process
You will begin the process for podcasting video compression or audio compression and conversion in Apple Compressor similar to how you would start any other Compressor project. First, open up the base file in Apple Compressor or send it over from its starting program like Final Cut Pro. From here you will have the file up in the project window and you will then go to Target in the upper task bar, select Destination, and then choose a location for the final file to end up going after the podcasting video compression process has completed.
Go down to the Settings tab in the general Settings window and select the Apple folder. From here you are going to choose Other Workflows, and then you will find the Podcasts folder right above Web and below Motion Graphics.
You are going to have three primary codec options, with two of them for podcasting audio compression and only one of them for podcasting video compression. The option for podcasting video compression is the H.264 for Video Podcasting, and it stems from the standard H.264 video codec option. More specifically it is this video codec set at 11kpbs, progressive, multi-pass, with audio at 44.1Khz stereo.
For podcasting audio compression you have AAC for Audio Podcasting and MP3 for Audio Podcasting, and they are both at 160kpbs with 44.1Khz stereo. Which podcasting audio compression option you choose in Apple Compressor really depends on how you are going to use and transmit them later on, but it is a good bet that MP3 will be easier to handle and AAC may be better quality.
From here you will drag and drop the specific video codec or audio setting that you want up into the project window, where it will be listing you to drag your settings to. From here you will hit the Submit button and the compression and conversion process will begin and you can watch it in the Batch Monitor.