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Sorenson Media Adds AAC Plus Audio to Squeeze 4.1Windows Media Encoding Plug-in Option for Mac Suite (January 11, 2005)
Sorenson Media announced Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 -- the latest update to its award-winning lineup of video encoding and compression applications for digital video professionals and enthusiasts. Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 introduces AAC Plus Audio, an audio compression feature providing the same audio fidelity as the AAC standard while compressing audio file sizes to half its original, uncompressed size. Additionally, users of the Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite for the Macintosh(R) will be able to purchase a new Telestream Flip4Mac plug-in allowing video encoding of Windows Media(R) 9 format directly on the Mac. Also included in the release is a new optional task dialog -- a feature allowing users to send video files to multiple applications and locations on a single computer, over a network, to an FTP site, or to VitalStream(R) on-demand video streaming services.
"We are excited to build upon the success of Sorenson Squeeze with the Windows Media encoding plug-in option for Mac users and AAC Plus Audio for our entire Windows(R) and Macintosh Sorenson Squeeze lineup," said Matt Cupal, vice president of strategy and business development at Sorenson Media. "We were the first full-featured video compression suite to introduce High Definition (HD) video encoding in Squeeze 4.0 and now by offering AAC Plus Audio, we are keeping ahead of the competition and building upon the Squeeze legacy."
The Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 product line includes the Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite, Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 for Macromedia(R) Flash(TM) MX, and Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 for MPEG-4 -- all of which are available in Windows and Macintosh versions. With this latest release, each product features AAC Plus Audio and AAC Plus preset options. AAC Plus is the new audio codec favored by Internet, wireless, and digital broadcast media and communications providers. Sorenson Squeeze's AAC Plus Audio compresses audio files much more efficiently than older formats such as MP3, yet delivers quality similar to that of uncompressed CD audio. The AAC Plus presets allow users to quickly select audio options that maximize a chosen distribution option.
Specific to Sorenson Squeeze Compression Suite 4.1 for the Mac, users can install a plug-in that will allow encoding and output of Windows Media 9 format. Said Cupal, "The past process of creating Windows Media files from a Mac is unwieldy and often requires Mac users to export files to a Windows PC and then encode their files into Windows Media using the Windows version of Sorenson Squeeze. Now with the new plug-in option for Sorenson Squeeze 4.1, Mac users will be spared the time and hassle of working between the two platforms."
Included in each Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 product is the new optional task dialog. The optional task dialog allows users to quickly send video files to other applications on a single computer, over a network, or to an FTP site where the file is ready to be viewed or further refined. Providing a simple solution for distributing video over the Internet, the optional task dialog also gives users the ability to send files directly to VitalStream.
Pricing and Availability
Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 upgrades are scheduled to be available by the end of the first calendar quarter of 2005 to current users of Sorenson Squeeze 4.0 products for free. The Windows Media plug-in for the Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite (Macintosh) will be available for $179. Upgrade pricing is also available for current Sorenson Squeeze 3 users. For more information about purchasing a Sorenson Squeeze 4 product, or to find a reseller, call 888-767-3676 or visit www.sorenson.com.
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