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Appeared on: Monday, April 19, 2004
Microsoft and Sonic unveil DVD authoring application for WMV HD

Microsoft and Sonic Solutions unveiled DVD Producer(TM) - WMV HD Edition NAB2004, This is a special version of Sonic's award-winning professional authoring application that supports the production of DVD titles using Microsoft(R) Windows Media(R) Video High-Definition (WMV HD).

Sonic is launching a beta program for DVD Producer - WMV HD Edition to provide high-end professional facilities with early access to this groundbreaking technology so they can build exciting high-definition experiences using WMV HD for playback on Windows(R) XP PCs. Production companies interested in joining the beta program may contact Sonic via e-mail at hdbeta@sonic.com.

"Millions of consumers are using Windows Media Player 9 Series and Windows XP for video and DVD playback; WMV HD is a great way to deliver high-definition video content to a large audience today," said Rolf Hartley, senior vice president and general manager of the Professional Products Group at Sonic. "DVD Producer - WMV HD Edition and our new beta program will allow high-end post facilities and the Hollywood film community to get involved with WMV HD in order to create stand-alone titles and exciting HD bonus content for standard-definition feature film DVDs."

Sonic is showcasing DVD Producer - WMV HD Edition in the Sonic booth (Booth No. SL4736) and Microsoft booth (Booth No. SL5445) at NAB. The demonstration highlights tight integration with Avid Technology Inc.'s nonlinear video workstations and focuses on the preparation of high-definition video and authoring using Sonic's new application. DVD Producer -- WMV HD Edition is targeted for release in September of this year.


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