Sorenson Squeeze 8: Video Compression and Publishing Suite

Layers magazine by Danial M. East

If you work with video, chances are that Sorenson Squeeze is one of your go-to items for compression and, as the hardware improves, it makes sense that the software moves forward with it. Sorenson Squeeze 8 brings performance without limiting you to making videos anchored to a desk. Getting your show on the road is what Squeeze 8 brings, because you can save your videos (with a high level of quality) to almost any device in a huge range of formats. Mobile quality must meet the demands of end-users and the newer devices have far better displays. For the design professional, however, HD quality doesn’t take a back seat either, and it’s where Squeeze 8 really shines.

Using cloud technologies, Squeeze Server, Sorenson 360, or your own storage, Squeeze 8 makes it incredibly easy to share your output by exporting one source to almost any format—Flash, QuickTime, MP4, H.264, and many others—while accommodating another client that may already be using Microsoft Smooth. Squeeze’s latest professional encoding support with adaptive bit-rate encoding is X.264. Apple HLS, Flash Dynamic, and Microsoft Smooth are all supported, allowing for immediate streaming to almost any device at any connection rate. A nice touch is that Sorenson isn’t abandoning older formats necessary for professionals, enterprise, or older computer systems.

Squeeze 8 adds completely seamless Squeeze Server integration so you can add jobs, presets, filters, and other settings for the server to relieve your desktop processor, while speeding up the process dramatically. Another performance improvement comes from Sorenson’s Enhanced GPU acceleration, which (according to the company) will encode high-quality video at up to three times faster than previous versions. Real-life testing confirms that the go-to-lunch-and-come-back wait time is now appreciably shorter, but still depends on the overall size of the source file(s). read more...

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Sorenson Squeeze 8 $579.00 Sorenson Squeeze 8 Upgrade from Squeeze 7 $145.00 Sorenson Squeeze 8 Academic Version $399.00
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