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Sonic Introduces DVD-Audio Creator

First Full-specification DVD-Audio Authoring System Ships (September 19, 2001)
Sonic Solutions announced today at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), that DVD-Audio Creator, the world's first and only full-specification DVD-Audio authoring system, is now shipping. Incorporating core technology from fellow DVD-Audio pioneer Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (MEI), Sonic DVD-Audio Creator enables any audio mastering studio or DVD-Video authoring facility to expand their business by adding mastering for the advanced, high-resolution DVD-Audio format.

"Sonopress has been a pioneer in DVD-Audio title production and we are glad that Sonic has provided an outstanding system that not only increases our efficiency, but allows us to create even more interesting titles," said Wolfgang Martens, Director of Technique Premastering at Sonopress, one of the leading producers of DVD-Audio titles. "Sonic's introduction also adds an official vote of confidence to the new format, one that is rapidly gaining consumer interest and enthusiasm."


Since the origination of the DVD-Audio format, Sonic and MEI have worked closely together to develop a suite of DVD-Audio authoring and formatting applications. DVD-Audio Creator is the result of over three years of research and development, and facilitates the most efficient creation of fully-featured, compatible DVD-Audio titles, using a powerful, graphically-driven authoring environment. Combined with Sonic Scenarist, DVD-Creator or DVD Fusion, DVD-Audio Creator is uniquely equipped to format both single-and dual-layer titles in the industry-standard ŒUniversal' DVD format, enabling content holders to publish titles that are "backwards-compatible" with the millions of DVD-Video players already installed.

"Sonic DVD-Audio Creator makes it possible to create the most sophisticated and engaging audio titles ever," said Matt Palmer, DVD-Audio Product Manager at Sonic Solutions. "Just as DVD has revolutionized video distribution and playback, Sonic's collaboration with MEI now delivers the solutions to power a similar advance in the delivery of audio."

DVD-Audio Creator provides the capability to author all nine groups, 99 tracks per group, all modes of sequential and browseable slideshows, CPPM copy protection, scrolling lyrics and multiple-page menus for accessing either High-Density Audio in MLP or LPCM formats, compressed Dolby-Digital or DTS audio and motion MPEG-2 video.

Running on Windows 2000, DVD-Audio Creator can be used with any of Sonic's professional DVD-Video authoring products to provide the ultimate DVD Authoring suite. It is immediately available through Sonic's worldwide network of professional resellers at a suggested U.S. list price of $20,000. Visit http://www.sonic.com/sonic_resellers.html for details.

About DVD-Audio The DVD-Audio format builds on the success of the hugely popular DVD-Video format. DVD-Audio is the result of close collaboration among major recording companies, consumer electronics manufacturers and technology suppliers. The format incorporates breathtakingly accurate audio reproduction by supporting sampling rates of 96kHz and 192kHz with up to 24 bits of information per sample (compared to the CD standard of 44.1kHz and 16 bits per sample). With DVD-Audio, full-resolution audio can be presented in stereo or in any channel combination up to six-channel surround. Audio programs can be accessed interactively and presented along with visual material including menus, slides, and text. With DVD-Audio it is possible to use high-resolution, 24-bit, 96kHz audio on all six channels of a surround presentation. DVD-Audio also permits the addition of video tracks, including many of the features that have made DVD-Video such a runaway success.

About Sonic Solutions Based in Marin County, California, Sonic (http://www.sonic.com) is the leading manufacturer of solutions for DVD publishing. Sonic DVDit!® (http://www.dvdit.com) is the first application for DVD authoring targeted at videographers and corporate video producers, and is bundled with major video editing, capture, encoding and media production systems. Sonic MyDVD (http://www.mydvd3.com) is the first DVD authoring application for consumers, making it easy to capture "your life on DVD." Sonic DVD Creator®, Sonic Scenarist®, Sonic ReelDVD® and Sonic DVD Fusion® (http://www.fusion.sonic.com) are the most widely-used systems for professional DVD publishing, and are installed worldwide at major studios, post production facilities and in corporate marketing departments. SonicStudio® HD is the leading digital workstation for preparing audio for release on CD and is the first for creating content for the new DVD-Audio format. Sonic is a full voting member of the DVD Forum, the standards-setting body for the DVD format.

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