Sonic Introduces Blu-ray Creator Software
LAS VEGAS - April 18, 2005 - Sonic Solutions today introduced Sonic Blu-ray Creator(TM), the world's first commercial authoring system to enable high-end production facilities and major motion picture studios to create titles for the highly anticipated Blu-ray Disc format. Sonic Blu-ray Creator, a collaboration with Panasonic(R), is based on a workflow that is both familiar and intuitive to professional title developers, allowing them to deliver titles in time for the upcoming format launch.
"We are delighted to be working with Sonic to bring the very best authoring technology for Blu-ray Disc title development to Hollywood," said Keisuke Suetsugi, managing director of Panasonic Hollywood Lab. "Sonic's leadership and years of experience in the professional authoring industry make them the perfect partner to help jump start BD title creation and ensure a smooth format launch."
Blu-ray Creator gives title authors the ability to combine high definition video and audio with interactive menus and internet connectivity, proof their title as they work, and output fully formatted BD pre-masters for replication. A complete authoring solution, Sonic Blu-ray Creator offers:
- Full support of the Blu-ray Disc HDMV specification
- An intuitive authoring environment based on familiar DVD authoring workflow
- Support for the latest high-definition codecs for video and audio
- Up to 32 audio tracks for multi-language titles
- Expanded interactivity, including pop-up menus, full-color subpictures, and subtitling
- Navigation capabilities beyond traditional DVDs
- Comprehensive Blu-ray Disc title verification
"High-definition authoring represents not only a massive new business opportunity for professional authoring facilities and content holders, but also an opportunity to redefine the movie viewing experience for consumers," said Rolf Hartley, senior vice president and general manager of Sonic's professional products group. "With Sonic Blu-ray Creator, content authors will have the creative tools they need to meet the demanding requirements of high-end content developers and major motion picture companies."
Sonic will be demonstrating Blu-ray Creator at NAB booth (#SL308) and plans to release the product in the summer of 2005.
About Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc is a next-generation optical disc format for high-definition video and high-capacity data applications. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 25 gigabytes of data, and a double-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 50 gigabytes of data.
About Sonic Solutions
Sonic Solutions (Nasdaq:SNIC) ( http://www.sonic.com ) is the leader in digital media software, providing a broad range of interoperable, platform independent software tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users, and technology partners. Sonic's products range from advanced DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies used to produce the majority of Hollywood DVD film releases, to the award-winning Roxio- and Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup solutions that have become the premier choice for consumers, prosumers and business users worldwide.
Sonic products are globally available from major retailers, online at Sonic.com and Roxio.com, and are bundled with PCs, after-market drives and consumer electronic devices. Sonic's digital media creation engine is the de facto standard and has been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.
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