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Squeeze

(Yes there’s flash video, but these day Flash encodes to H.264 and if it is a compliant H.264 file then QuickTime will play it just fine, as will Flash.) … The difference between these high end compression tools and the free ones available are the control you get over compression, the feedback you have, and the complexities of the workflow available, all in a turn key solution.

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Episode 6

Episode 6 Video Encoding In the dark ages of video compression Media Cleaner Pro was the only real product available. … While you can use QuickTime for some decent simple compression, and Apple’s own Compressor for more sophisticated work flows, once you want to do a lot of compressing, regularly, you start to need real software.

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Handbrake

Cross platform, usual presets for platforms (iPnn suite of things, other mobile devices) as well as giving you access to the guts and settings for proper customised compression settings. It can queue files for batch compression and you define, save and then apply presets.

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Miro Convertor

From the fine folks who bring us Miro there is this nifty single function bit of software that converts almost anything to most of the key video formats. … A good one for those that just don’t want to have to know, or worry about it.

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MPEG Streamclip

Not sure if it relies on FFMPEG for its compression engine, but provides access to all the best codecs and their key features to let you convert, transcode, and compress your media. I guess I’m old school since I rely an awful lot on QuickTime Pro (since once upon a time you used this, or perhaps Media Cleaner Pro back in the day when Sorenson Pro was the codec of choice) but this is very good and it’s probably only habit that keeps me from it.

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