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Sonic Announces World's First Dedicated WMV HD-DVD Authoring Workstation (20/9/2004)

Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in DVD technology, today announced the availability of new software versions and products for its leading professional DVD creation systems - the SD-series Encoder 3.1, Sonic eDVD(r) 3, DVD Producer(tm) 4.5, and the all new DVD Producer HD Workstation - designed to increase efficiency and expand the services professional DVD authors and content creators can offer by leveraging new dual-layer burning technologies and increasing the interactive capabilities of DVD.

"Sonic has led the DVD industry from the very beginning with innovative products and by delivering important functionality that drives the business of DVD creation," said Steven Power, DVD product manager at Mitcorp, a key Sonic distributor located in London, England. "Sonic's latest products not only enhance today's DVD creation process but their continued investment in technology paves the way for the next generation of DVD evolution."

The SD-series encoder and DVD Producer have become standard equipment in professional DVD creation facilities worldwide due to the quality and efficient workflow offered by these comprehensive DVD authoring solutions. eDVD and DVD Producer HD represent all new capabilities for the professional DVD author by providing extended interactivity beyond what can be created in present-day DVD, as well as offer HD content holders a way to publish their content today.

"Our customers offer DVD creation services to major motion picture studios, content holders and individuals, and our latest product advancements are designed to meet the increased demand for more complex title releases," said Matt Palmer, senior product manager for Sonic's Professional Products Group. "With more people using their PCs for home entertainment, movie watching and using broadband connections to the Internet, Sonic is focused on creating products and capabilities that expand the business opportunities of our customers and maximize their efficiency."

DVD Producer HD Workstation - The world's first authoring system for creating HD titles on DVD using Microsoft's WMV HD-DVD format, the DVD Producer HD Workstation integrates Sonic's HD-series real-time hardware encoder with DVD Producer's fast and flexible authoring to create a seamless workflow that allows professional authors to build interactive titles with stunning HD video content. WMV HD-DVD titles are playable using the Windows Media 10 Series player on Microsoft Windows XP computers. The new system is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2004.

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