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Sorenson Squeeze Pro 10 Review: More video transcode batch operations, plus newer codec support

Jon L. Jacobi | Jan. 15, 2015
Sorenson Squeeze Pro 10 isn't for the average consumer--at $749, it's far too expensive. However, for those who transcode videos on a regular basis, its batch processing, online review facility, and newfound support for HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec, aka h.265) and Google's open format VP9 make it a very powerful tool. It has its foibles, but it's the real deal.

Squeeze 10 is available in a $199 Lite version, but Lite is missing all the state-of-the-art features that elevate the program above entry-level encoders such as Cyberlink's MediaEspresso 7. Squeeze Lite offers no 4K and no multi-bitrate encoding jobs, and it lacks the lifetime subscription to Sorenson Stream that comes with the $549 Standard version and $799 Pro versions. The Standard version is feature-equal to Pro, with the exception of HEVC support.

With an elegant look and clean workflow, superb batch operation capabilities, and the time-saving review and commenting capabilities of the Sorenson Stream online service, Squeeze 10 Pro is just about the best thing going for the video encoding pro — foibles or no. For the occasional transcoder, something like the aforementioned $40 MediaEspresso 7 or the free HandBrake or Freemake Video Encoder might be more appropriate.

 

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