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Sonic Introduces Major Product Advances at NAB 2004
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Sonic Solutions, a leader in DVD technology, has announced four important additions to its line of professional DVD creation systems. The four additions--SD-series Encoder 3.0, Sonic eDVD3, DVD Producer 4.5, and DVD Producer--WMV HD Edition--are intended to increase the efficiency and capability of the DVD authoring process, while providing scalable solutions that empower Sonic users both to master the most demanding of today's DVD-Video releases as well as to start producing titles incorporating the next generation of High Definition (HD) based formats.

SD-series Encoder 3.0 -- The new SD-1000 and SD-2000 encoders bring their reputation, established on the Macintosh platform, for delivering cinematic quality MPEG video, to the vastly larger user base utilizing Windows PCs. The SD-2000 encoder for Windows includes Sonic's patented advanced encoding technology and simultaneous Dolby Digital audio encoding, as well as segment-based re-encoding and stream legalization analysis technologies. Currently shipping, the SD-1000 encoder is available at a suggested retail price of $11,000 and the SD-2000 encoder is available at a suggested list price of $25,000.

Sonic eDVD 3 -- Built-on InterActual technology, the Hollywood standard Web-connection platform, eDVD 3 adds Web and DVD-ROM links to DVD titles created by the majority of authoring applications available today. eDVD 3 creates cross-platform Web-DVD links to online content that is playable on both the Windows and Mac OSX platforms. eDVD is expected to ship in May 2004 at a suggested list price of $899.

DVD Producer 4.5 -- The latest version of Sonic's DVD authoring application for creative professionals, DVD Producer 4.5 integrates a range of new capabilities and features including dual-layer (DVD-9) title production and compatibility with the new DVD+R double-layer DVD-recordable drives. DVD Producer 4.5 is expected to ship in June and has a starting retail price of $1,999.

DVD Producer -- WMV HD Edition -- The world's first authoring system for creating HD titles on DVD using WMV high-definition technology, DVD Producer WMV HD Edition allows users to build interactive titles with stunning HD video content that is playable on the Windows Media 9 Series player included with Windows XP computers. The new system is expected to ship in September 2004, and will have a target retail price of $12,999.

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