Review: Squeeze 8.1 Pro video encoding

IT.Enquirer by Erik Vlietnck

New Sorenson Squeeze 8.1 Pro offers support for Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, and Dolby Pro audio. With these new features Squeeze 8.1 Pro is the absolute top in video encoding and transcoding workflow.

Sorenson Squeeze 8.1 Pro has an encoding and transcoding engine that delivers input and output capability with all leading formats, including Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes (all types). This new capability is available as the product “Sorenson Squeeze 8 Pro” or as an Add-On to Sorenson Squeeze 8. I tested the full product.

To properly review this new version I installed both Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer 6 on my system. I also ran tests with Telestream’s Episode 6.2.2.9 to compare the functionality of the two solutions. The big promise of Squeeze 8.1 Pro is that you can work with ProRes (Final Cut Pro X) and DNxHD (Media Composer) simultaneously, jumping from one to the other without loss of quality and in an easy way — almost brainlessly.

What I didn’t test is the capability to output video to Avid DNxHD on Windows; my entire test line was performed on the Mac. I also left the ability to encode for Dolby Pro audio untested. I do not have the sound equipment required to have a good idea of the level of quality one can obtain with the encoding. read more...

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Sorenson Squeeze 8 $549.00 Sorenson Squeeze 8 Pro Upgrade from Squeeze 7 $329.00 Sorenson Squeeze 8 Pro $949.00
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