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Sony Announces New UMD Composer

Suite of Tools for Development of Video-Enabled Universal Media Discs (November 21, 2005)

Sony Media Software, a leading provider of professional video and audio editing software applications, announced today that it will provide sales and support for the UMD Composer toolkit for the authoring of video content on UMD (Universal Media Disc). The UMD Composer is the only authoring suite of its kind, allowing film studios and production houses the necessary tools to format video-based UMDs, which is  the primary media format for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.s PSP handheld entertainment system.
The UMD Composers toolkit provides each of the applications necessary for
high-quality stream encoding, playlist composition, previewing, compiling, image generation, image checking, samples, and documentation. UMD Composer components include:
Stream Composer audio/video/subtitle encoder, multiplexer, clip info composer, with support for multi-pass encoding and bit reallocation
Stream Viewer used to preview encoded stream file
Playlist Composer generates playlist file
Script Compiler converts UMD Video Script into faster-executing UMD virtual machine instructions
UMD Video Resource Compiler creates a binary data resource file from XML, UMD virtual machine instructions and placeholder PNG files
UMD Video Interactive System Viewer using resource files, provides a way to test and validate the Video Interactive System (?menus) within a PC environment
PSMF Composer/AT3 Tool creates images and sounds for display on the Xcross Media Bar of PSPs menu screen
UMD Image Generator compiles all created files into a UMD image
UMD Image Checker will verify compliance of created UMD image

A hardware emulator is available as a separate purchase from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
UMD is an optical disc which is only 60mm in diameter, which can store up to 1.8GB of digital data.  The latest copy-protection technology will be applied to offer content developers and publishers a safe and copy-protected environment.
Additional information on the UMD Composer is available by emailing Sony Media Software at or calling 1-866-727-2578. For queries outside North American, please call 1-608-204-7709.
About Sony Media Software

Sony Media Software manages the following media creation software titles:
Sound Forge® software, Vegas®  software, CD Architect? software, DVD Architect? software, ACID® Pro software, Sony Sound Series? music and sound effects libraries, Sony Vision Series? graphics, animations and stock footage libraries, Noise Reduction? plug-in, Vegas Movie Studio? software, ACID Music Studio? software and Sound Forge Audio Studio? software., ACID XMC software, Jam Trax software, Super and. Duper Music Looper software. The team also runs the ACIDplanet online service (, a worldwide community for progressive musicians. For additional product information, please visit <> .

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