Get the Skinny on the Sorenson Squeeze

You can make and compress professional-looking videos for product demos and more.
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LOS ANGELES -- Don't play yourself by using YouTube to post corporate videos. Those videos often end up looking blurred and unprofessional. Enter the Sorenson Squeeze 5. With this program, you can shoot high resolution/definition HD video and output itto create a much smaller size file. These compressed files can be emailed without looking grainy or blurred.

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Sorenson Squeeze 5
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Video has become more and more important to a company's online presence.Whether it's a product or service demo or training videos for your sales team, making a video is one thing -- posting it so it's clear enough to view is another.

Some companies have used sites like YouTube.com to load their videos, but oftenthe videos end up looking very low resolution, and sometimes they are so blurredit''s hard to tell what is going on.

A real solution to this problem is a software called Sorenson Squeeze 5.

With this program you can shoot high resolution/definition HD video and output itto create a much smaller size as a Flash, Quicktime, Windows Media, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 file. That also means that a huge video file that you could not send via email before can now be compressed down (without looking grainy or blurred) and sent.

What I liked about this program is that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to use it.The interface is clearly laid out, and once you have imported a video file, it's simple tooutput that same file into one that is much more useful online. And to save time, you can "squeeze" several files at the same time. You don't have to compress them one at a time. There is Blu-ray output, so that if you are creating a DVD, it will play on the latest players.

There is a plug-in called, Sound Soap, this enables you to clean up noise or crackling sounds from an audio track. If your company sales manager videotapes a product demo and suddenly a fire alarm goes off, with this plug-in, you can remove it.

Another great feature on this, especially for mobile executives, is the ability to output a video file to an

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Evoluent Vertical Mouse
$80
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Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click

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