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Flix Pro provides a rich array of features and options, and you will no doubt want to explore them in greater depth. Other features not covered here include batch encoding, automatic player output, editing, cropping, de-interlacing, video filters, and automated Flash functions (such as looping, preloaders, loading actions), but no support for cue points. Additional export types include Windows, Mac and Linux projectors, and Flix Pro’s proprietary vector video. These features are explained in an adequate, but not stellar, help file.

Visit the ON2 support page for a list of the system requirements, video and audio requirements, and supported formats.

The Flix Pro user interface is not as well designed as the Flash 8 encoder, and although batch processing is supported, cue points are not. However, the biggest advantage of Flix Pro over the competition is its two-pass coding, which provides superior video quality. The inclusion of this single feature represents a dramatic improvement over the Flash 8 video encoder. The lack of cue point support, however, is an issue.

Flix Pro provides excellent quality video and is perfectly adequate for most users; however, power users might find the interface and limited options frustrating.

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