Sorenson Media has
recently made available the latest version of Squeeze, the company’s encoding
and transcoding application, which will be known as Sorenson Squeeze 8.5.
This will be the fastest version of the app; these speed
increases are based on process improvements in the program’s encoding engine.
Among these changes are single output acceleration, which optimizes each of the
major output formats (including mp4, MOV, MwebM and MKV), and drives the engine
with parallel, rather than sequence, processing.
This means that the app will
systematically break decoded, compressed video files into separate content “chunks”
and partition them simultaneously across multiple CPUs, resulting in speed
improvements that average 200 faster than Squeeze 8.
Version 8.5 also features Intel quick
sync optimization for Intel’s Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors, faster
adaptive bitrate encoding that also uses parallel processing, and complete CPU
control, giving users the ability to choose how to throttle CPU encoding
through the use of an intuitive slider bar.
Using seamless integration and free permanent storage with Sorenson’s online
video platform (OVP) Sorenson 360, Squeeze 8.5 lets users encode and
upload video files to the cloud, where they can be stored and distributed
directly from the Squeeze interface. Here, they will be available for a review
and approval process, which has been streamlined by eliminating steps requiring
burning/delivering DVDs or using file sharing services that aren’t optimized for
Sorenson Squeeze 8.5 also features an enhanced user
interface that comes with a new rich text editor and allows users to send
existing video content already in the Sorenson 360 OVP for review and approval
without requiring them to re-encode.
Squeeze 8.5 is now available for $799, with Squeeze 8.5 Pro
being offered for $999. Current Squeeze 8 customers will be able to upgrade
free for a limited time and will receive 5 GB of permanent storage and use of
all Sorenson 360 features for free.