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Sorenson Ships Squeeze 4.1 Video Compression Software

(April 20, 2005)

Sorenson Media announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze(R) 4.1 -- the newest update to its award-winning lineup of video encoding and compression applications for digital video professionals and enthusiasts. Focused on integrating more seamlessly with video editing and distribution workflows, the Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite has added the ability to set destinations for compressed video files, include chapter markers for DVD production, and create transport streams for HDV and DVHS. Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite also introduces aacPlus audio and interoperates with optional Macintosh Windows Media(R) 9 encoding components, allowing users to import and encode Windows Media 9 audio and video directly on the Mac.

   "Our users have been demanding time-saving integration with the leading DVD authoring applications. We're very pleased to offer video export, with chapter markers, directly to Avid's DVD by Sonic and Apple's DVD Studio Pro," said Matt Cupal, vice president of strategy and business development at Sorenson Media. "The other great news in Squeeze 4.1 is our integration with the new Flip4Mac WMV components from Telestream. This makes Sorenson Squeeze the first cross-platform Windows Media 9 encoding tool."

   All versions of Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 come with a new destination feature that users may select as an optional task. Customers may now set one or more destinations for the final video file while preparing video to be encoded or compressed. For the Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite Macintosh version, there is a preset destination to Avid's DVD by Sonic on the PC and to Apple's DVD Studio Pro on the Mac. Destinations can also be user-defined and may include other applications, multiple locations on a single computer, other computers connected to a shared network, or even to an FTP site. Using destinations, Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 will automatically deliver the final video files to the next step in the video editing or distribution process.


   Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 has also integrated aacPlus audio and aacPlus audio presets. aacPlus is the audio codec favored by Internet, wireless, and digital broadcast media and communications. aacPlus audio delivers CD-quality sound with the ability to compress audio files to a fraction of their original size. The aacPlus audio presets help customers quickly apply the aacPlus codec to selected sources. 

   Pricing and Availability 

   Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 is available for free to current users of Sorenson Squeeze 4.0. The Telestream Flip4Mac WMV Components for the Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite (Macintosh) are available starting at $99.00 (Flip4Mac WMV Suite) and $179.00 (Flip4Mac WMV Pro Suite). 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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