Sorenson Media has announced Sorenson Squeeze 4.0, its newest line of video compression applications. The new line includes Sorenson Squeeze 4 Compression Suite, Sorenson Squeeze 4 for Macromedia Flash MX and Sorenson Squeeze 4 for MPEG-4. All products are available for Mac and Windows.

New features in Sorenson Squeeze 4 include High Definition (HD) encoding for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, QuickTime and RealMedia. Sorenson has also added the Sorenson AVC Pro codec - also known as H.264, or MPEG-4 Advanced Video Codec (AVC) - to Sorenson Squeeze 4 Compression Suite and Squeeze 4 for MPEG.

All Sorenson Squeeze products also get a new, customizable interface, new video zoom tool, a preview slider with in/out markers, and shortcut keys. A new batch-processing feature ha also been added.

Sorenson Squeeze 4 products are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2004. Sorenson Squeeze 4 Compression Suite will cost $449 (around £250); Squeeze 4 for Macromedia Flash MX will cost $119 (£65); Squeeze 4 for MPEG-4 will cost $199 (£110). Upgrades from previous versions will also be available.