1. Is there a possibility to transform this script to compress video files to DV. I have a lot a small files shot wit a picture camera (Minolta) and I would like to batch convert them to DV. Is it possible to modify your code?

    Comment by BEGUE — August 12, 2005 @ 4:52 am

  2. Yes, it is possible to modify the code, but I’m not ready to release it for other folks to do so. I’m working on version 1.5 and a suite of related actions. No promises, but I’ll see if I can do one that does DV.

    Comment by Tim — August 15, 2005 @ 11:42 pm

  3. Tim,

    How difficult would it be to write an automator that is a batch file convertor for QT that allows you to pick the export type and final location? Or do you need a separate one for each type of export you want?


    Comment by matt — September 6, 2005 @ 2:50 pm

  4. hey does the compress quicktime to mpeg-4 action work on mac os x 10.3.9? if not i am looking for an opensource app that will compress my slide show movies from iview media pro. thanks in advance! matthew

    Comment by matthew — October 28, 2005 @ 7:18 pm

  5. Tim!

    Nice action! I second the vote for the ability to compress to
    other codex… We have a bejesus of Quicktimes that need to
    be down-rezed for web in Sorenson 3. Any flexibility would be


    Comment by Loki — November 1, 2005 @ 5:20 pm

  6. trying the compression action for iview media pro movies(turns slideshows into quicktime movies)–no luck–runs the action then opens the first slide and locks my computer up. any suggestions. i do not have quick time pro–is that a problem? thanks!

    Comment by matthew — November 4, 2005 @ 9:21 am

  7. I’m looking for a way to batch convert a bunch of videos for my iPod. I have QT Pro that has the special “Export to iPod” codex I just need a way to set it up to process more than one video at a time. Thanks!

    Comment by craig — November 6, 2005 @ 12:49 am

  8. How difficult would it be to write an automator that is a batch file convertor for QT that allows you to pick the export type and final location? Or do you need a separate one for each type of export you want?

    I need a batch converter for quicktime to flv format.


    Comment by Steve — December 15, 2005 @ 12:15 pm

  9. Folks –

    Look for new QuickTime Compress actions and workflow here on the site. I think most of you will be happy with the result…

    Comment by Tim Matheny — December 20, 2005 @ 3:54 pm

  10. I expect it’s just the holidays, but my actions and workflow haven’t been added here yet. They’re the featured download at the Apple Automator site, however.

    Comment by Tim Matheny — December 26, 2005 @ 10:39 am

  11. is it a must to have QT pro to compess movies

    Comment by azharahman — April 5, 2006 @ 9:08 am

  12. azharahman,

    I’m sorry I missed your post – with this action, the answer is yes. I’m now looking at using ffmpeg in a new action, but I’m not promising any timeframes yet. A nice app that uses this is iSquint.

    Comment by Tim Matheny — May 17, 2006 @ 10:22 am

  13. I’m working on a QuickTime automator action that will convert to any format. You can choose the format in automator and the destination. All files that are passed in will get converted to that format. It returns the input as the output, so you can easily batch convert to multiple formats in the same workflow.

    quicktime export action

    It won’t do flv, because quicktime pro doesn’t export to flv, however I am working on a ffmpeg version that will work the same.

    Comment by Rhett Maxwell — June 28, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

  14. Rhett Maxwell,
    i downloaded your action but it will not open in automator…?

    Comment by aaron — July 9, 2006 @ 5:39 am

  15. I just downloaded it and tried it with automator. It works for me. Make sure you called the Import Action… method under the File menu.

    Comment by Rhett Maxwell — July 30, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

  16. I just released an ffmpeg version of my video conversion automator action. It supports conversion to flash video (flv) files.

    Comment by Rhett Maxwell — September 11, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

  17. Just ran the script and it works great!

    Question though. Is there an action that I can put into the script so that it will close out the movies when it is done openning and saving them. Some of these clips are over 1GB! And it will surely bog down my machine after the first few are openned up.

    Comment by Stephen — December 14, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

  18. what about a fixed or set of quicktime settings, rather than last used?

    Comment by valarie plane — April 6, 2007 @ 12:46 am

  19. I find myself constantly switching between different compression specifications when exporting quicktime videos. Since there’s no way to save compression setting user-defined presets, I was wondering if this could be done through Automator?

    Comment by QA — March 10, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  20. Yes, I also need tha ability to set the parameters of QT for multiple outputs from a file, not just “last used”.

    Comment by Britt — April 25, 2008 @ 11:19 am

  21. Hey anyone have a automator work flow that will compress any format to an apple TV? Would like to know if it can be done. Exp download a movie off the net and have automator open up VisualHub to do the compress, add it to itunes.

    Comment by rob — July 8, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

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