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  • Thu, Jul 30 2009 11:44 PM

    • cobyrich
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    Mega Time-Saver: The Compression Preview Tool

    The biggest complaint that I had when searching for the "exact right" compression settings is the time that it took to encode a file, over and over again, once I had modified the settings or tried a new codec. Well, this headache can be virtually eliminated with the Compression Preview Tool in Squeeze. This relatively obscure tool is found directly under the beginning of the timeline in the preview window.

    To create a compression preview I must first import a file, apply an audience preset and make any changes in the preset as needed. Next, I need to place the play head in the timeline of the file where I would like to see the preview. Using the pull down arrow on the right I can choose a specific time period between one and five seconds that I would like to encode. Once the time is chosen Squeeze shows me the time of the video that it will encode.

    Lastly, I just click the play icon next to the drop down and Squeeze creates the preview and launches it in my default player. This tool is particularly useful when I'm choosing the best codec or data rate to use, and especially when I'm working with long form video. The preview gives me a good idea how my final compressed output will look, without taking the time to encode the entire video. This way I can add filters, change data rates, switch codec and tweak the settings to my hearts content until I am completely satisfied with the look of my video.

  • Fri, Jul 31 2009 2:03 AM In reply to

    Re: Mega Time-Saver: The Compression Preview Tool

    cobyrich:
    This way I can add filters, change data rates, switch codec and tweak the settings to my hearts content until I am completely satisfied with the look of my video.
    Not to mention a very quick check that a particular codec is working and not producing a nice white screen encode waiting to be discovered an hour or more later.

    Very helpfull.  Thank you.

  • Mon, Sep 7 2009 8:30 PM In reply to

    Re: Mega Time-Saver: The Compression Preview Tool

    Now into my 4th season of hosting and producing a web-based documentary talk show, format, compression and delivery have been and ongoing, relentless quest for perfection! Thanks for the tip it works great!

    djb

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  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 6:14 AM In reply to

    Re: Mega Time-Saver: The Compression Preview Tool

    Just getting into Sorenson now (great tool) and read this post.  I would have completely missed that trick if i hadn't read it here, thanks.

    Ra-ey

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