Using Sorenson Squeeze to Compress Video Files
Sorenson Squeeze is versatile video compression software that enables you to encode in different formats. The software has an easy workflow due to the many presets which are already available in it. Here are the steps involved in compressing a video file into a QuickTime format.
Step 1: Preparing Your Video Clip
While making a video footage which you would want to compress with Sorenson Squeeze, it is important to set the audio at 48KHz. Edit the video in the software of your choice and make the output in the most superior quality (and save it).
Step 2: Importing the Video into Squeeze
Initialize Squeeze, and open the folder that has your video; drag it into the work area. Alternatively, you can go to the Input window and the button for Import File can be clicked. Here, you also have the option of inputting multiple files and compressing them as a batch with the same settings.
Step 3: Selecting the Quick Time Compression
In the work area, go to the "Format and Compression Settings" window and since you want an output in QuickTime, click on that folder. You will now see the different settings or presets under QuickTime. Click on the one you want to use.
Step 4: Adjusting the Various Settings
In the preset you have selected, you can adjust the individual settings to suit your needs. To do this, you need to double click on the particular preset and click on the "Advanced" button in the window that opens. Now a more comprehensive window will open with various sections.
In the Audio section, you can make adjustments by clicking the Options button. For example, if your video contains audio which involves only speech, you can adjust the Bit Rate at 64 kbps in the MPEG-4 Audio Compressor section. If the video is having music, then the Bit Rate can be at 128 kbps. In the same window, set the Target Output at "Specified Bit Rate" and the Output Sample Rate for 44.100 kHz. Under the Audio section, you can also click on Channels to choose between Stereo and Mono. Similarly, you can adjust the settings in the video section as well.
After you have made the adjustments in the individual windows, remember to click on the OK button to save your settings and close the window. Now click once again on the preset you have chosen under the QuickTime settings, and click on the Apply button. This will apply the settings to the clip or batch of clips you have chosen.
Step 5: Starting the Compression Process
Click on the "Squeeze It!" button which is on the right bottom of your screen to start the compression process. You will now see progress bars that will keep you informed about the compression process. Once the process is complete, you will find the compressed file under the same folder which has the original file, and its name will include the preset name.