Totally Hip Software, makers of LiveStage Pro and LiveSlideShow, today released a new version of HipFlics, the company’s video compression tool.
HipFlics 1.1 supports all the major codecs available in QuickTime. The new version also features better performance, new drag and drop presets built for QuickTime 5 and compatibility with Sorenson 3 Pro, VP3 and Zygovideo. In addition, Hipflics supports multiple video codecs within one movie.
Totally Hip contends that HipFlics is the perfect fit between QuickTime 5 Pro and some of the more high-end products that will cost more money. “HipFlics does for video compression what iMovie has done for video editing; get professional results with minimal effort,” said a representative of Totally Hip.
The interface of HipFlics resembles that of Apple’s iMovie, so it should be familiar to most users that would be interested in the product. To use HipFlics, you just drag and drop preset compression settings into the timeline. Advanced users can create their own custom settings or filters, and save them for future use; advanced users can also do batch processing via a simple drag and drop applet on the desktop.
HipFlics supports image cropping, rotating, watermarking and the ability to preview the user settings before compression begins. Users can preview as many as four different settings at once for comparison purposes.
HipFlics was the first compression tool to run on OS X, according to Totally Hip, and it also supports OS 9 as well as most flavors of Windows. HipFlics 1.1 is now being sold for US$99.95. A demo is available from the Web site.