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Absolute Best Compression Program for Mac?
Absolute Best Compression Program for Mac?
by Brian Genchur on May 29, 2008 at 5:49:17 pm

Regardless of cost: what is the absolute best compression program for the Mac?

I use Final Cut Studio 2, have a new 8-core Mac with bells & whistles, etc....

Is Compression 3.0 good enough for professional use, or what would be the ideal program to use for compressing from a master QT?

Thank you.


Re: Absolute Best Compression Program for Mac?
by Ed Dooley on May 29, 2008 at 6:14:33 pm

You mean Compreesor, right?
Depends on what you want to compress from and to. BitVice still does better MPEG-2 compression than Compressor, CinemaCraft is now available as an expensive plug-in (expensive Hollywood film quality compression plug-in that is). Episode, I think, is the best all around compressor on a Mac (specifically the Pro w/Flash version), although with enough plug-ins, Compressor can be pretty good.
Ed




Re: Absolute Best Compression Program for Mac?
by Brian Genchur on May 29, 2008 at 7:13:57 pm

Thank you very much.

Yes, I meant Compressor 3.0. Sorry about that.

I've looked into the Cinema Craft encoder, but that's strictly for high-quality DVD compression, correct?

I'm thinking that Episode would probably be the best way to go. Your most confirmed my belief that it's the best overall encoder.

Thanks, again!




Re: Absolute Best Compression Program for Mac?
by Ed Dooley on May 29, 2008 at 7:55:15 pm

Yeah, Cinema Craft is for MPEG-2. I mentioned it because, since it's a plug-in, it's one way to make Compressor a better all-around tool (albeit at a high price).
Ed


[Brian Genchur] "Yes, I meant Compressor 3.0. Sorry about that.

I've looked into the Cinema Craft encoder, but that's strictly for high-quality DVD compression, correct?

I'm thinking that Episode would probably be the best way to go. Your most confirmed my belief that it's the best overall encoder.
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Re: Absolute Best Compression Program for Mac?
by Craig Seeman on May 29, 2008 at 8:16:28 pm

Note that the COW has a most excellent Episode forum.




Re: Absolute Best Compression Program for Mac?
by Rich Rubasch on Jun 2, 2008 at 1:19:20 am

Episode Pro gets the nod from most of the trade magazine shoot outs.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media




Re: Absolute Best Compression Program for Mac?
by Ben Waggoner on Jun 4, 2008 at 3:07:28 am

I concur on Episode. It's the best professional compression tool on Mac.

Sorenson Squeeze is also much improved in their new version 5, and I think it's a lot easier for the novice and non-professional user. I recommend it to educators and other folks for whom compression isn't a primary job.

Ben Waggoner
Principal Video Strategist, Silverlight
Microsoft Corporation

Compression Blog: on10.net/blogs/benwagg/
Compression Classes at Stanford and PSU: on10.net/blogs/benwagg/21622/



Re: Best Compression Program for DVD
by Rafael Amador on Jun 6, 2008 at 3:52:14 am

Soon I will need to buy an application to compress MPG2.
I was thinking about BitVice. Then they released CinemaCraft. About Episode I have no information.
What would be your advice?
Thanks,
rafael

Mac OX 10.5.2-FC 6.02-QT 7.4.1
G5 2x2Gh 4GbRAM-BlackMagic Extreme
PMBP 17"Core2Duo 4GbRAM-AJA ioHD
JVC DTV-17"
SONY EX-1 . SONY PD170
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