I'm still on CS3, but anyway...
1. Squeeze can use the full power of Sorenson Video 3 Pro and On2 VP6, which means 2 pass VBR. That will come into play when wanting best looking small file-sized videos (and which is something PPro can't do).
2. If I remember right, it was said a thing in the training video called "Internet killed the video star", which was something like this: For best compression, use a SW that is only for that purpose (Squeeze is).
I purchased Squeeze after the release of CS4, the Adobe Media Encoder was fine in CS3. I noticed after installing CS4 that the end product (usually Quicktime, AVI, Mpeg-2 DVD and BluRay for me) was soft and fuzzy. I dug around various forums and found that many had this issue with the AME in CS4 and saw Sorenson Squeeze highly recommended. It should be noted that I use a Matrox RT.X2 card with my CS3 and now CS4 environment. I now export out an uncompressed i-Frame Matrox AVI and bring it into Squeeze and it works great.
I am finding the same issue in a non-Matrox project. We are doing a spot now that was shot in DVCPRO-HD. The image is gorgeous in PP, however when I use the AME, the resulting file is soft and dull.
Question to anyone who can help. In a non-Matrox project, what can I use to get it into Squeeze? With my Matrox projects, the uncompressed Matrox export bypassed the AME and gave me a clean image to bring into Squeeze. In my current non-Matrox DVCPRO-HD project I tried uncompressed AVI but it reduced my size to 720x480, and it reduced the quality. How do I get my footage out of Premiere and into Squeeze without using the AME?
In a non-Matrox project, what can I use to get it into Squeeze?
I use Lagarith for my DI work.