reprinted from a Sorenson Media press release:
SALT LAKE CITY (March 31, 2008) Sorenson Media, the worldwide leader for video compression and decoding solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze 5, Sorenson Squeeze 5 Pro (formerly Sorenson Squeeze PowerPack), Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash and Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash Pro. This major release of Sorenson Media’s award-winning compression and encoding software offers benefits that include speed increases, superior audio and video quality, workflow enhancements and many pre-processing options. Sorenson Squeeze 5 now allows users to process multiple files simultaneously on computers with multiple cores, features new and improved codecs and filters for higher quality output and offers a new, workflow-friendly organization of presets.
“Sorenson Squeeze 5 sets the standard for desktop encoding applicationsthis is by far the best Squeeze yet,” said Nate Caplin, manager of Streaming Media, AEP. “Squeeze 5 improves upon its familiar, friendly interface with solid usability refinements, especially for managing presets, previewing video and working with filters. Even more important, Squeeze 5 improves results through dramatic quality and performance tune-ups under the hood.
Sorenson Squeeze 5 dramatically reduces encode times on multi-core machines by allowing users to compress and encode as many as 1.5 files on each of the host computer’s processor cores, enabling a quad-core processor, for example, to process six files simultaneously.
Squeeze 5 includes a number of technologies to improve video quality. For Blu-ray encoding, the highly efficient VC-1 video encoder is now included. Significant quality improvements have been made for MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and H.264 encoders, especially when using HD settings. New video pre-processing filters include Watermark, Hue-and-Saturation, Sharpen, and significant improvements have been made in the Inverse Telecine, Video Fade and the Deinterlacing filters, all resulting in higher quality video.
Sorenson Squeeze 5 includes several audio processing improvements. New in this release is AC-3- compatible 5.1 to 7.1 surround sound audio for higher quality DVD audio encoding, and support for many VST audio plug-ins, giving users access to a vast array of third-party VST audio filters. Also included are filters for Audio Volume and Audio Duration with pitch maintenance. An important enhancement for high quality audio is BIAS Soundsoap, valued at $129, fully integrated in both Squeeze Pro versions, which allows users to remove noise and crackles to create clean, crisp audio.
Sorenson Squeeze 5 embraces the long-time Squeeze tradition that uncomplicated workflow is essential for users. The new Audience Presets feature allows users to bundle preprocessing filters, filter order, encoding settings and even output destinations, such as FTP, into a single custom preset. Squeeze 5 also allows presets to be sorted by either format or output target. In addition, a convenient active-search feature built into the preset lists allows users to quickly find what they need.
“Sorenson Squeeze 5 is a dramatic step forward in the crucial attributes Sorenson has long been known for: high quality video and ease of use, said Matt Cupal, president and COO of Sorenson Media. “We believe users will find this major release saves them a significant amount of time during both setup and encoding while creating better output quality. We’re thrilled to bring Squeeze 5 to the market and we believe users will be enthusiastic about it as well.
Pricing and Availability
Sorenson Squeeze 5, Sorenson Squeeze 5 Pro, Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash and Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash Pro are available immediately for electronic download or for shipping in CD form. Sorenson Squeeze 5 is $499; Sorenson Squeeze 5 Pro for Windows is $599, for Mac $779; Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash is $199; and Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash Pro is $299. Upgrades from previous versions of Sorenson Squeeze begin at $99.