We currently use Cleaner to compress our videos out of Media 100 and FCP to wmv files.
I understand Cleaner has not kept up with the times and so we are looking for another program to do our compression
From what I am reading on the threads Flip4Mac and Compression master seem to be the two best choices.
Which would you suggest and why.
Note that Compression Master was bought by Telestream (who makes Flip4Mac) and renamed Episode.
They're two different products - Flip4Mac lets you export to .wmv straight from the FCP or Media 100 timeline. Episode is more of a traditional compression tool, supporting much deeper preprocessing, batch encoding, watch folders, etcetera. Both use the same codec underneath, so it's really about which provides a better workflow for what you're doing. Personally, I like the preprocessing of Episode better than that of Final Cut itself, so I tend to do my Mac encoding with that.
Also, with Intel Macs, you can also run native WMV encoding tools.