updated 12:40 pm EDT, Thu April 10, 2003
Sorenson Media today announced that Avid will integrate a customized version of encoding software into the new Avid Xpress Pro nonlinear editing software. The customized version of Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite for Mac OS X enables Avid Xpress Pro editors to easily deliver encoded video for QuickTime, Macromedia Flash, and MPEG-4 (including Visual Simple Profile and Visual Advanced Simple Profile).
Through the Avid Xpress Pro interface, Avid video editors are able to send their video files directly to Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite without having to export intermediate files. The customized version of Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite supports One-Pass and Two-Pass Variable Bit Rate (VBR) encoding and other advanced features such as intelligent presets for the bit rate, frame rate, filter controls, and other settings. Video editors are also able to save their own settings and batch process video files through the use of Watch Folders.
Avid will bundle the customized Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite in the upcoming version of Avid Xpress Pro software currently planned for shipment in the second quarter of 2003. Pricing for the Avid Xpress Pro software is $1,700 with both Windows XP and Mac OS X versions included in one box.