reprinted from a Sorenson Media press release: Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Now Available for Purchase Latest Version of Sorenson Medias Award-winning Software is up to 3x Faster and Offers More Formatting Choices, DVD Burning and Enhanced Adobe Flash Capabilities SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 16, 2006)Sorenson Media, the worldwide leader of video encoding and compression applications for digital video professionals and enthusiasts, today announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze 4.5. With Sorenson Squeeze applications, users can 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 any of the leading video production application formats or digital distribution options. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Compression Suite, Squeeze 4.5 PowerPack and Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 for Adobe Flash, available for both Macintosh and Windows operating systems, contain new features that boost compression and preprocessing speeds, offer improved H.264 quality, contain new 3GPP and PSP presets for cell phones and Sonys PSP (Playstation Portable), and new presets for Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Along with providing compression rates two to three times faster than previous versions, scaling up or down between SD and HD is now twice as fast in Sorenson Squeeze 4.5. For Macintosh, Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 now works natively on both PowerPC and Intel-for-Mac using Mac Universal Binary code. Other enhancements 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. "We are delighted to present Squeeze 4.5. We believe users will find this new version speeds up encoding, gives them more choices and allows them more flexibility, said Matt Cupal, president and COO of Sorenson Media. "With Sorenson Squeeze 4.5, both professionals and enthusiasts can quickly encode the highest quality video in a wide variety of formats with an ease of use that is unmatched in its class. To see a list of features specific to each Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 product, visit ww.sorensonmedia.com. Pricing and Availability Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 is available immediately for electronic download and as a shipped CD starting December 6, 2006. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Compression Suite costs US $499.00 new; $79.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 4.x, and $229.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 3.x and earlier. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 PowerPack for Macintosh costs US $799.00 new; and $79.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 4.x. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 PowerPack for Windows costs US $649.00 new, and $79.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 4.x. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 for Adobe Flash costs US $249.00 new; $39.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 4.x, and $189.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 3.x and earlier. For more information about purchasing a Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 product, or to find a reseller, call 1.888.767.3676 or visit www.sorensonmedia.com.