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  • Ernie Geefay

    July 20, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    We currently use Cleaner to compress our videos out of Media 100 and FCP to wmv files.
    I understand Cleaner has not kept up with the times and so we are looking for another program to do our compression
    From what I am reading on the threads Flip4Mac and Compression master seem to be the two best choices.
    Which would you suggest and why.

  • Ben Waggoner

    July 21, 2007 at 3:41 am

    Note that Compression Master was bought by Telestream (who makes Flip4Mac) and renamed Episode.

    They’re two different products – Flip4Mac lets you export to .wmv straight from the FCP or Media 100 timeline. Episode is more of a traditional compression tool, supporting much deeper preprocessing, batch encoding, watch folders, etcetera. Both use the same codec underneath, so it’s really about which provides a better workflow for what you’re doing. Personally, I like the preprocessing of Episode better than that of Final Cut itself, so I tend to do my Mac encoding with that.

    Also, with Intel Macs, you can also run native WMV encoding tools.

    My compression blog:

    My compression class at Stanford:

  • Rich Rubasch

    July 24, 2007 at 3:18 am

    Episode seems to be winning in the magazine reviews as well. Episode really does it all.

    Rich Rubasch
    Tilt Media

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