Reprinted from a Sonic Solutions press release:

Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today introduced eDVD 4, the latest version of its industry leading software solution for dramatically extending the interactivity of DVD-Video titles. Designed to work with any authored DVD title, Sonic eDVD 4 enables authors to seamlessly link the video chapters and menu buttons on their DVD title to a wide range of PC-based files, URLs and bonus features, either on-disc or via the Internet. During PC playback, otherwise static DVD titles turn into dynamic experiences, linking to entertainment or business messaging that can be replaced or refreshed as often as the author or content holder desires.

"Our DVD authoring business depends heavily on our ability to push the boundaries of what is possible with DVD today," said Randy Hudson, CEO and President of New York-based media service company Broadness, and board member of the National DVD Association. "With eDVD 4, Sonic has created an application that enables us to combine DVD-Video and ROM content with Internet-delivered media to design DVD titles with the kind of explosive interactivity that keep our customers coming back."

Released in September 2004, eDVD 3 was the first point-and-click application to provide seamless access to on-disc PDFs (portable document format), a wide variety of high-resolution graphic files and unlimited links to the Internet from a standard DVD-Video title. With eDVD 4, Sonic has enhanced eDVDs already impressive array of features with the ability to link to virtually any type of PC file including:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
  • High Definition video and audio files
  • MP3 files
  • Macromedia Flash files
  • Word and Excel documents
  • Software executables such as games or other specialized computer applications
  • eDVD 4 also features an unlimited license to include the InterActual Player application on replicated DVDs as well as the ability for authors to choose from ten player skins and customize the eDVD players boot-up splash screen.

    "eDVD is the only application of its kind that allows DVD authors to exceed the interactive limits of the DVD specification while maintaining robust compatibility with DVD set-top players and providing a uniform cross-platform playback experience on both Macintosh and Windows-based PCs," said Scott Epstein, Sonics eDVD product manager. "With eDVD 4, professional title authors can create stunning internet and ROM-enhanced titles quickly and affordably."

    Sonic eDVD 4 will be available in June 2005 from Sonic-authorized resellers as well as online at www.sonic.com.

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