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Roxio Launches Creator 2009

Roxio today launched Roxio Creator 2009, the latest version of the company's suite of photo, video, and music authoring, burning, and online sharing applications.

Creator 2009 introduces a range of new audio features, integration of family-friendly online services, and advanced support for High Definition (HD) video. Creator 2009 also offers a streamlined workflow that enables consumers to complete a broad range of media creation, editing, sharing, and management projects more efficiently. Creator 2009 also offers direct links to tutorials and how-to articles that provide guidance. Roxio Creator 2009 is available today at www.roxio.com for $99.99 and will be introduced early next month in retail stores worldwide.

"Whether it's the desire to edit hours of footage from a special family event, create a personalized photo slideshow of exotic travels or compose a perfect music playlist, consumers just want a straightforward solution that enables them to quickly and effortlessly create, preserve and enjoy their personal media content," said Vito Salvaggio, vice president of consumer products, Roxio division of Sonic Solutions.

Roxio Creator 2009 Highlights

Online and Mobile Sharing
The software features the direct access to Roxio Online, a new digital storytelling platform that enables families to turn their photos and videos into engaging slideshows that can be shared and enjoyed on PCs, DVDs, TVs, a range of handheld devices, and social networking sites. Roxio Online can be accessed from within Creator 2009's product launcher and is available from within applications such as VideoWave, CineMagic or Media Manager. The Roxio Online service is available through a free subscription. Consumers can unlock additional creation and sharing capabilities by upgrading to Roxio Online's premium service.

The redesigned Creator 2009 product launcher provides quick access to all the tasks and creation tools available within Creator. Also easily accessible are a variety of how-to articles and video-tutorials designed to guide consumers through the creative process.

Beyond the new workflow enhancements, Creator 2009 also features SyncIt!, a new desktop applet that automatically converts digital files to preferred formats for viewing on mobile devices, smart encoding technology for the quick authoring of HD video, and enhanced multi-core processor support for the latest CPUs.

Life in High Definition
Families and others can now create stunning HD projects using footage from AVCHD camcorders and favorite HD programming from TiVo and other DVRs and burn it in HD, using DVD burners, onto standard DVDs for playback on a Playstation 3 and other Blu-ray Disc players. This technology provides consumers with an affordable alternative to enjoy up to 60 minutes of video in HD. Consumers may also chose from a variety of new high definition menu themes and easily add them to their final productions. Enabled by a High-Def/Blu-ray Disc Plug-in, consumers can burn HD video to Blu-ray Disc.

Audio and Music
Headlining the new audio capabilities of Roxio Creator 2009 is Audiobook Creator, a technology that converts an entire audiobook into a single file with preserved chapter markers, making it easy for on-the-go readers to enjoy their favorite book on iPod, iPhone or other portable players like the Creative Zen. Creator?s already impressive audio capabilities are enhanced by the new Beatmatching feature which enables users to create music compilations of perfectly synchronized cross fades for party mixes.

In support of the launch of Creator 2009, Roxio is extending MyMoments, its educational portal that offers consumers a wealth of digital media resources including how-to videos, informative tutorials and blogs. Included in the latest additions is Extreme Digital Makeover, a web-based video series dedicated to helping users make the most of their digital lives.

Roxio Creator 2009 will be available in retail stores worldwide this month and is available today directly from Roxio at www.roxio.com for $99.99. The High-Def/Blu-ray Disc plug-in will be sold as a downloadable component from www.roxio.com for $29.99. Roxio will offer the High-Def/Blu-ray Disc plug-in for free for customers who purchase from www.roxio.com through September 30, 2008.

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