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  • Now that Sorenson Squeeze is no more – what do Avid editors like to use to compress

    Posted by James Sapione on October 18, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Hi All,

    I was really use to Sorenson Squeeze and actually liked it a lot. Now all of a sudden they are no more. So I switched over to using Adobe Media Encoder for compressing my videos. I do a lot of lecture series and such – so I’m constantly making 1hour+ videos for online. But after using Adobe Media Encoder – Im not impressed with the video compression. Sorenson seemed to do a much better job. Plus, in Sorenson I could really tweak the video…. adjust the black levels, remove noise, add contrast….etc etc….. All those little tweaks improved my videos greatly. Very easy to do. It seems Adobe Media encoder has none of these tweaks (unless I’m missing something?)

    So Im wondering – what are Avid editors using to compress their videos in 2018? Is there anything out there like Sorenson Squeeze? Should I continue to use squeeze….. is it worth it since they just bailed ship?

    My OS is High Sierra 10.13.6
    Avid is 2018.9.0

    Hope to hear back with any suggestions and why you like your compression software.

    Bouke Vahl replied 5 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Michael Phillips

    October 19, 2018 at 2:17 am

    I would keep using Sorenson till it no longer works or no longer meets your needs. Personally, I use Adobe Media Encoder, actively updated with lots of useful functionality.


  • Bouke Vahl

    October 19, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Tweaking should be done in your NLE if needed.
    Only if you have a huge batch of stuff that needs the same tweaking it’s a good idea to do it in your compression applicatin.
    Now, to compress, from the sound of it you only need one output format.
    Get a solid workflow (eg, always export to XDcam from avid) and feed that to FFmpeg.
    Get a good recipe for that (if you want, trough a front end) and be done with it.

    It is good and fast, totally outperforms Squeeze, and free.


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