updated 09:15 am EST, Thu November 16, 2006
Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 ships
Sorenson Media today announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze 4.5, an update to its applications that allow users to easily compress and share videos on CDs, DVDs or over the Web by importing digitized video files, reference movies, or digital camera output and publishing it in virtually any video production formats. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Compression Suite, Squeeze 4.5 PowerPack and Squeeze 4.5 for Flash are available, offering features that boost compression and preprocessing speeds, integrate Apple's H.264 for output to MP4 or QuickTime, contain new 3GPP and PSP presets for cell phones and Sony's PSP (Playstation Portable), and new presets for Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Along with providing compression rates 2-3 times faster than previous versions, scaling up or down between SD and HD is now twice as fast in Sorenson Squeeze 4.5. In addition, version 4.5 is now a Universal Binary for native performance on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs.
Other enhancements in Squeeze 4.5 include the ability to burn DVDs and to include a menu within the finished DVD, if desired. Chapters for the DVD menu are created by Sorenson Squeeze. Another new feature allows Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 to read and write metadata input for QuickTime, Windows Media, Flash, Real, MP3 and MP4.
"Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 is fast," said Hoss Gifford, a Flash developer and beta user. "I encoded a batch of movies with Sorenson Squeeze 4.3 on my top-spec Windows box and they were taking about 45 minutes each. But using Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 on a mid-level Windows box, they only took about 7 minutes each. It was so fast that I thought something may have gone wrong in the encoding, but the .flvs turned out great."
Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 is available for electronic download will ship on CD on December 6, 2006. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Compression Suite costs $500 new ($80 upgrade to v4 owners). Other users can upgrade for $230, Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 PowerPack for Macintosh is $800 ($80 upgrade), while Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 for Adobe Flash costs $250 ($40 upgrade to v4 owners or $190 to others).