WebVideo Universe By Troy Dreier For people entering the online video world from a traditional video background, encoding for the Web can be their biggest challenge. That's why we're presenting five tips for using Telestream Episode like a pro. One of the leading names in encoding, Episode is a Macintosh desktop product that comes in two varieties, Episode and Episode Pro. Flash Video encoding with On2 VP6 is a $100 extra for both versions, so Episode with Flash 8 ($495) is a good choice for beginners, while Episode Pro with Flash 8 ($995), which includes support for professional formats including H.264, is better for power users. To find out how to get the most out of Episode, we spoke to Episode specialist Ben Ferrentino, who's been with the company for a year-and-a-half. People choose Episode over better known rivals like Sorenson Squeeze, says Ferrentino, because of the program's ease-of-use and friendly interface. The company is also known for offering unlimited phone support during business hours, he said. That's good to know if you're new to encoding. read more...

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