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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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FFMPEG

http://ffmpeg.org/ This is an open source project that provides libraries and tools to do whatever you want with audio and video. It is what a lot of the free video and audio compression tools use, though you don’t get to ‘see’ it – they basically install FFMPEG as a library and use it as the engine for compressing and transcoding.

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Perian

As they like to say, the swiss army pocket knife of QuickTime tools or accessories. Lets you play back lots of different video formats from within QuickTime player, though in 2012 they announced that the project was ending, so the future is a little less bright.

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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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Cyberduck

Cyberduck With a name like that what’s not to like? Beloved of my university as they can install it for free, this is something that my students find their way around as we use this (usually) to log in to a unix server to upload video projects, Korsakow films, and the like.

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Fetch

This is was my first ever graphical FTP client back when I asked my then university IT department for a dialup PPP account and they had no idea what I was talking about (I’d just finished Adam Engst’s first book on the Mac and the internet). … You need to use a FTP client to be able to upload files remotely, yes we often get round this these days using a web interface, but sometimes you just need to be able to manually log into an account to do stuff.

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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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Korsakow

As of early 2012 it spits out all the necessary parts to run but it relies on Flash as its runtime engine. … With students it takes about two classes to get the technical basics understood so that we can then move onto the much more difficult (and interesting) conceptual come cognitive episteme that it requires, produces and participates in.

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