You have to watermark 72 photos with the company logo before 4 p.m. Have you ever been in this scenario? It’s a simple process, but when you have to do it 72 times it becomes a real chore. First, you have to import the watermark and place it on each image. Then, you export the images and save the project file. 72 times! By the time you get to the fourth photo, you think to yourself, “there has got to be a better way.”
Whether you need to resize a bunch of images, or perform some other repetitive action, there is a better way. It’s called batch processing and it will change the way you work. This simple technique is a great way to plow through repetitive computer tasks.
Batch Processing is Like Baking
To perform a batch process is to compute something all at once. For example, you don’t bake a bunch of cookies one at a time because that would take forever. Instead, you bake a batch of cookies all at once to save time. The same principle applies to repetitive computer tasks. Tell the computer what you want it to do and then let it process all the work for you in a single batch.
The History of Batch Processing
In the early days of computing, physical punch cards stored computer programs. Computer technicians provided batches of punch cards to the system operator. The system operator then ran all the cards through the computer for processing at once. They called this a batch process.
Although we (thankfully!) no longer use punch cards, the term batch processing has stuck. However, the batch processes of today do share similarities to the original technique of yesteryear.
- Batch processes run start-to-finish without interruption. There is no pausing, stopping, or restarting. It runs until complete or until it encounters an error.
- They are often performed during “off hours.” Most people save up their redundant work throughout the work day and the run a batch process when they go home.
- Once the batch process starts, the user doesn’t have to do anything else. It runs on its own.
Using Batch Processing Every Day
Top Reasons to Batch Process Your Images
- Saving as a new file type
- Applying filters
- Drop shadow
Learn how to batch process images in Snagit.
Top Reasons to Batch Process Your Videos
Converting video to various file types, resolutions, frame rates, etc.
- Saving as a new file type
To batch process video in Camtasia Studio, go to Tools menu > Sharing > Batch Production. The Batch Production wizard appears, providing you prompts that allow for batch processing.
Have You Ever Done a Batch Process?
So what repetitive computer tasks do you regularly batch process? Any favorites? Tell us!
What daily tasks would you like to batch process? Rotating file scans? Deleting emails? Trips to the coffee machine? Let us know in the comments below!