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PowerDirector 4 Uses SmartSound Technology

(January 26, 2005)

SmartSound(R) Software, Inc., the leading provider of soundtrack creation technology for visual content creators, has announced that CyberLink is embedding its Quicktracks(R) technology in its new PowerDirector 4 video editing software. CyberLink joins the growing list of top video editing companies that are turning to SmartSound to provide soundtrack creation solutions for their customers.

   SmartSound's Quicktracks technology is the driving force behind the MagicMusic feature inside CyberLink PowerDirector 4. This patented technology allows users to create soundtracks for their projects through SmartSound's unique "block" method. All users need to do is select a song from SmartSound's royalty-free music library and bring it into the timeline. The song is automatically rearranged into a complete soundtrack piece with a musical beginning and ending, that matches up with the on-screen visuals. These songs can fit any length needed, from a few seconds to several minutes.

   "CyberLink PowerDirector 4 revolutionizes video editing with magical editing tools that can speed up the whole editing process and deliver good video results," said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. "The MagicMusic feature in CyberLink PowerDirector 4 adopts Quicktracks technology, allowing users to create high quality music regardless of their skill level."

   SmartSound has developed a Quicktracks SDK (Software Development Kit) to enable visual application developers to tap into the power of SmartSound's patented technology and library of more than 80 music and sound effects CDs. Companies such as Avid and Ulead have also integrated SmartSound technology into their video editing product lines in the past 12 months. Combined with existing partnerships with Pinnacle (which includes SmartSound technology in its Studio Series) and Adobe (which currently sells a plug-in version of the Quicktracks technology for its Premiere Pro and Elements software on its Web site), this makes SmartSound the leading automated soundtrack creation solution for the video editing industry.

   "CyberLink's decision to embed our technology with PowerDirector 4 is another example of how SmartSound's technology is at the leading edge of soundtrack creation for the video editing industry," said Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of SmartSound Software. "By adding SmartSound's Quicktracks technology, CyberLink is giving their customers a proven and effective way to create great scores for their videos."

   Anyone who purchases PowerDirector 4 can increase their music library by purchasing additional SmartSound Music CDs. The SmartSound Movie Music CDs are licensed for home and educational use, and feature musical selections most used by home video creators. Movie Music CDs can be purchased direct from SmartSound or participating resellers. Additionally, SmartSound music can be purchased as individual cuts or complete CDs from directly inside the PowerDirector 4 program. 

   About SmartSound Software, Inc. 

   SmartSound Software Inc., The Soundtrack Company(TM), is the developer and marketer of the SmartSound family of audio software and music products -- the world leader in soundtrack creation technology for visual content creators. SmartSound technology is available for Windows XP, ME, 2000, and NT 4.0 or better and Macintosh OS 9.1-9.2.2 and OSX 10.1 or higher. SmartSound products include: Sonicfire(R) Pro, Quicktracks(R) for Premiere(R) Pro and Movie Maestro(R) soundtrack creation software and the Producer, Edge, Audio Palette, Sound Palette, and Movie Music series of music and sound effects add-on CDs. The company is headquartered in Northridge, CA, and can be reached by phone at 818-920-9122, by fax at 818-920-9152 or on the Web at

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