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mark fassett
recommend: windows compressor/transcoder software
on Jun 7, 2011 at 1:05:01 am

I'm a mac guy. I have a guy working for me who will be doing some transcoding to WMV and h.264 (from a variety of codecs). Frankly the requirements are not that complex, but it should provide good quality encode results primarily. The ability to add an overlay is nice. Maybe something that is not a big CPU hog so he an work while it crunches in the background.

Any recommendations? Thank you...


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Craig Seeman
Re: recommend: windows compressor/transcoder software
on Jun 7, 2011 at 2:38:45 am

If you have Final Cut Studio you have Compressor. You could just buy Flip4Mac Studio series which will run inside Compressor.

You could always use the free MPEGStreamclip and Flip4Mac Studio series is compatible with that as well.

Alternately you could buy Telestream Episode (my preference) or Sorenson Squeeze. Both include Windows Media encoding.



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mark fassett
Re: recommend: windows compressor/transcoder software
on Jun 7, 2011 at 5:46:51 am

Boy did I leave something out... I'm a mac guy, but the new guy will be on windows 7...

I use Episode mainly these days, but I don't need something that full featured for him since I'll just set up a couple of presets and he'll be good to go..



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Craig Seeman
Re: recommend: windows compressor/transcoder software
on Jun 7, 2011 at 6:03:38 am

You're in luck
MPEGStreamclip, Episode, Squeeze are all cross platform and the first one listed is free. Gosh dern it even QuickTime 7 Pro is even cross platform and $30.
There's Microsoft Expression Encoder which does WMV for free and for $199 I believe does H.264 .mp4. If fact it is one of the deepest H.264 encoders on the market. Lots of settings tweaks.

http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/EncoderPro_Overview.aspx

BTW as a Bootcamper Windows 7 runs fine on Mac.



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Robert Thalheim
Re: recommend: windows compressor/transcoder software
on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:13:25 am

Microsoft Expression Encoder works great and:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/X264
I use it some times with MeGUI ModernEncoder http://sourceforge.net/projects/megui/

The best H.264 encoding and it is open source.
I think only CinemaCraft HD is better.
Learn how to set macro quantization and psycho trellis bit rates:)

No no I'm joking that might be much to complicated for your purpose.
Or just install a Adobe Premiere or After Effects trial. They use Main Concept H.264 in also superior quality. IF 30 Days trial is enough time for you.


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