• Price: 251 . 302 . 393 . 99

  • Company: Sorenson

  • Pros: Powerful feature set; built-in FTP upload; excellent quality; fast encoding; intuitive interface; support for Blu-ray content.

  • Cons: Watermark filter needs tweaking; no built-in or bundled SWF or FLV viewer; expensive for basic compression tasks.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

In the three years since Sorenson’s last point-0 release of video-compression software Squeeze, video compression has grown from a niche activity to a routine task. As ever more video content is uploaded to the Web, the number of compression applications has exploded. With so many budget alternatives, is Squeeze still worthy of consideration?

Unlike its rivals Autodesk Cleaner and Apple’s Compressor, Squeeze focuses on ease of use, though its feature set is fully professional. The learning curve is minimal; almost anyone can get results from the application within minutes.

Installation is relatively simple; Squeeze needs activating online before it will run. The interface resembles that of After Effects. A dark background, light text and a bright blue border highlight the currently active pane. Media files are selected in the Input pane, Audience Presets are added from the list below, while a preview displays top centre with the effective Batch Window displayed below that. A big ‘Squeeze It!’ button at the bottom right starts compression.