Sonic Streamlines HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc Menu Creation with Designer PS 2.0 Plug-in for PhotoShop

New Version also Supports Macintosh and Turns Industry-Standard Graphics Platform into an Authoring-Ready Menu-Creation Engine for High-Definition Formats

April 10, 2007 — Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today introduced Scenarist® Designer PS 2.0, a major advance in menu-design workflow for high-definition formats. Scenarist Designer PS 2.0 automates the conversion of Adobe Photoshop graphics into standardized interactive menu components suitable for authoring for both Blu-ray Disc (BD) and HD DVD format in Sonic Scenarist. Extending the efficiency and precision of automated menu generation to designers on all Photoshop-supported platforms, Scenarist Designer PS 2.0 handles the advanced content modes of both high-definition formats and is now available for both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Designing menus for HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles is very different from DVD-Video. Scenarist Designer PS 2.0 is unique in that it returns the control of menu component creation to the professional graphic designer who can create menus for high-definition titles using the industry-standard Adobe Photoshop. By basing the menu-design process on familiar concepts such as using layer sets to group button elements, Scenarist Designer PS 2.0 lets designers stay focused on the visual aspects of their work without worrying about the details of conversion for various output formats. Once a menu’s background and button-state graphics are defined, the export from Photoshop of a compatible menu for one or more target formats is handled automatically via the Scenarist Designer PS 2.0 plug-in, saving hours of authoring work for each project. Offering flexible control and customization of dithering options for HDMV’s RGBA palettes, Scenarist Designer PS 2.0 ensures that menu graphics are of the highest-image quality.

“Scenarist Designer PS 2.0 is a huge step forward for us, as it seamlessly bridges the workflow gap between the environment preferred by our graphic designers and the authoring tools that we depend on to create compelling titles for both BD and HD DVD,” said Ole Lütjens, Creative Director, of MX Production Services in San Francisco, California. “Once we’ve achieved just the right look for our menus, it’s now a quick, painless task to bring them into Scenarist with all the elements appearing exactly where they’re supposed to be. And, the menus never look different after they’ve been multiplexed, which is a problem we have seen with many other systems. This simplifies our work tremendously, especially for projects that are to be released in more than one high-definition format.”

Depending on the selected output formats, Scenarist Designer PS will output all components required to automatically reconstruct a menu in either Scenarist BD or Scenarist HD DVD authoring workstations, including button positioning information and graphics for each button state (dithered to associated RGBA palettes if needed for HDMV menus in BD projects). The menus are then completely ready for assignment of navigation commands by authoring specialists, either directly in the Scenarist environment (for Blu-ray’s HDMV and BD-J modes) or in a simple text editor (for HD DVD’s HDi mode).

“Scenarist Designer PS is a massive value proposition for menu designers and graphic artists who are grappling with the vast complexities that HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc introduce,” said Rolf Hartley, senior vice president and general manager of Sonic’s Professional Products Group. “By working within their graphics’ platform of choice, Designer PS enables these artists to save a significant amount of time by outputting not only the art but also the BD data structures and the HDi markup required all from within the same job.” 

Scenarist Designer PS 2.0 is available immediately through Sonic’s resale channels worldwide, and will be demonstrated at NAB (Stand SL4314), April 16th to the 19th, Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Sonic’s Professional Products Group
Sonic’s Professional Products Group (PPG) develops authoring and encoding systems used in the release of a wide variety of video entertainment including major motion pictures on DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, HD DVD and Blu-ray disc. Sonic’s world-renowned Scenarist® authoring and CineVision™ video and audio encoding systems are intended for highly skilled professional content creation facilities including high-end authoring and design houses, major motion picture studios, and disc replicators. Sonic’s Professional Products Group is actively involved in the development and implementation of new entertainment standards and formats.

About Sonic Solutions
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC ; http://www.sonic.com ) is the leader in digital media software, providing a broad range of interoperable, platform-independent software tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users, and technology partners. Sonic's products range from advanced authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies used to produce Hollywood DVD, HD, and Blu-ray film releases, to the award-winning Roxio®-branded CD and DVD creation, playback, and backup solutions that have become the premier choice for consumers, prosumers and business users worldwide.

Sonic products are globally available from major retailers, online at Sonic.com and Roxio.com, and are bundled with PCs, after-market drives and consumer electronic devices. Sonic's digital media creation engine is the de facto standard and has been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations, including the launch, distribution, and market acceptance of Designer PS 2.0. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in the Company's annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain a more detailed discussion of the Company's business including risks and uncertainties that may affect future results. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

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