Reprinted from a Sonic Solutions press release:

Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC) today launched MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6, a significant upgrade to the industry’s easiest, most complete, award-winning consumer DVD and CD creation software. MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 includes many new features and enhancements that make the creation of professional-quality DVDs and CDs easier than ever before, including freeform button placement, state-of-the-art encoding for up to four hours of video on a single-layer DVD, true anamorphic widescreen support, up to 1,000 photos per slideshow, enhanced audio control, and a new interface that elegantly integrates all DVD and CD creation tasks.

“MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 raises the bar for consumer DVD and CD creation by offering an ideal balance of ease-of-use and powerful features in a complete all-in-one solution,” said David Habiger, Sonic’s senior vice-president and general manager, Desktop Products Group. “With this new release, we’ve built the perfect product for people who would prefer to spend their time sharing their favorite videos, photos and music on Hollywood-quality DVDs and CDs, rather than reading manuals and wrestling with complex software.”

MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 is an integrated solution that includes everything users need to create DVDs with personal photos and videos, burn music CDs, legally copy personal DVDs and CDs, play DVD and Video CDs on PCs and laptops, and create custom disc labels. It also provides fully-integrated video editing, Dolby Digital audio encoding, unlimited MP3 ripping, and automated backup and archiving capabilities.

Key feature enhancements of MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 include:

  • Advanced integration of video, audio, copy, and data capabilities: new user interface lets users easily switch from one task to another and perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Fit-to-DVD automatic quality setting: automatically optimizes DVD video quality depending on how much content users want to burn.
  • Manual quality settings: familiar VCR-like quality settings allow users to choose from among several video quality levels, including: High Quality (HQ), Standard Play (SP), Long Play (LP), and Extended Play (EP).
  • First true anamorphic widescreen support in a consumer product: provides highest-quality output for 16:9 video from files and DV camcorders.
  • Enhanced photo slideshow capabilities: allows users to import photos from any digital camera supported by the Windows Imaging Architecture and create compelling photo slideshows with up to 1,000 photos per slideshow.
  • Enhanced audio capabilities: supports playlists of up to 99 audio files to use as background audio for movies and slideshows; slideshows can be easily synchronized to playlist length; users can loop playlists so they continue for the full length of the content, and easily add an audio fade to coincide with the end of the content.
  • Enhanced DVD design and video editing capabilities: features new built-in menu styles, freeform menu button placement and one hundred new video transitions.
  • Complete recorder/media/file format support: includes support for Double-Layer DVD+R drives and media, which allows users to burn nearly twice the amount of data on a single disc (from 4.7GB to 8.5GB).

    MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 is the flagship of the MyDVD product line and includes MyDVD 6 Deluxe, RecordNow technologies, Sonic CinePlayer, and built-in labeling — a total value of $179 — for the estimated street price of only $99.99. MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 is available now from Sonic at www.estore.sonic.com and other leading e-tail stores, and will be available at select retail store locations in the coming months. MyDVD products are available at a range of price points and capabilities to meet the varying needs of consumers, including:

  • MyDVD 6 (OEM edition): MyDVD is the CD and DVD video authoring bundle of choice for the majority of drive and PC manufacturers.
  • MyDVD Studio 6 ($69.99): complete CD and DVD video authoring with integrated video editing, plus Sonic CinePlayer DVD playback software.
  • MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 ($99.99): complete CD and DVD video authoring with integrated video editing, music CD ripping and burning, CD/DVD copy, Sonic CinePlayer DVD playback software and built-in disc labeling.
  • MyDVD Studio Deluxe Suite 6 ($149.99): all of the capabilities of MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 plus Sonic BackUp MyPC software.

    Visit www.sonic.com/products/mydvd for more information.

    About Sonic MyDVD Studio Deluxe
    Sonic MyDVD Studio Deluxe is the easiest, most complete CD and DVD creation software. In addition to integrated video editing with automatic scene detection, it includes the ability to add chapter points, motion-video menus and animated buttons to create the look of a real Hollywood DVD movie. Users can also create high-quality photo slideshows on either CD or DVD, complete with transitions and soundtracks.

    MyDVD Studio Deluxe lets users create personalized music CDs with unlimited MP3 encoding, burn exact copies of CDs or DVDs, and provides the choice of manual or automatic backup of individual files, folders or whole volumes to CD or DVD. MyDVD Studio Deluxe also includes Sonic CinePlayer, which allows users to play Hollywood DVDs right on their PC.

    Because Sonic MyDVD Studio Deluxe is OpenDVD-compliant, previously burned discs can be opened, re-edited and updated with new video and photo content, and re-burned to DVD and CD recordable/re-writable media. This enables the creation of an entirely new generation of DVD and CD applications, such as video diaries, up-to-the-minute, customized sales presentations, compilations of family events, and more.

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