Media 100 Chooses Sonic DVD Fusion for Macintosh For MediaPress Suite

Media 100 Chooses Sonic DVD Fusion for Macintosh For MediaPress Suite

Bundle Offers Great Value And Functionality For DVD Production

Novato, California (May 30, 2000) – Sonic Solutions announced today that Media 100 has added DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL authoring software, a new version of the world’s leading professional DVD production system, to MediaPress Suite. The newly-announced Media 100 MediaPress Suite is the only solution to accelerate DVD production workflow by giving content creators the highest-quality MPEG files for DVD creation or Internet streaming. Combining DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL with MediaPress Suite provides a complete, powerful and low-priced DVD production solution for Macintosh users, particularly the tens of thousands of current Media 100 customers.

"DVD is the most rapidly adopted consumer electronics technology in history and we are fast approaching the day when the majority of personal computers will ship with DVD-ROM drives instead of CD-ROM drives," said Mike Savello, Director of Marketing for Media 100. "This reality has interactive content developers clamoring for powerful, complete, easy-to-use tools for MPEG authoring and DVD production. The combination of MediaPress Suite and DVD Fusion for Macintosh represents the industry’s lowest-cost, highest-quality, integrated solution for creating interactive DVD titles."

Introduced at last month’s NAB show in Las Vegas, the Media 100 MediaPress Suite enables real-time MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding, real-time preview during encode, and real-time MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and DVD playback. With DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL now standard, MediaPress Suite users can build menus, author interactive links, preview a DVD title, and record the finished project to a DVD-R or DLT tape. The Media 100 MediaPress Suite also includes the ability to transcode QuickTime® files to MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 and supports multiplexed audio and video. This allows non-linear editors using Media 100 and other video editing systems to convert their edited projects to the appropriate DVD formats and then author them with DVD Fusion for Macintosh.

"We’re very pleased that Media 100 has added DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL to their MediaPress Suite systems," said Mary Sauer, Senior Vice-president of Business Development for Sonic Solutions. "The combination of MediaPress Suite with Sonic’s award-winning DVD authoring software provides a very compelling solution for creating interactive videos, training, and multimedia presentations for a wide span of corporate, industrial, and Internet applications."

Pricing and Availability

MediaPress Suite with DVD Fusion for Macintosh is available today in two configurations – MediaPress Suite which includes Composite, S-video and Component video inputs; and MediaPress Suite SDI which adds support for Serial Digital Interface (SDI) as well as AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital audio. MediaPress Suite is available from leading Media100 resellers at an introductory price of $6,699; MediaPress Suite SDI retails for $8,199.

About DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL

Based on Sonic’s award-winning DVD Creator technology, DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL provides video producers and editors a comprehensive set of tools for authoring and proofing DVD-Video titles from projects created on Avid, Media 100 and QuickTime-based video editing systems. DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL authoring supports fast, easy, drag-and-drop assembly of video clips, audio clips and menu graphics into interactive DVD titles. DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL allows projects to be previewed on a CPU monitor or an external video monitor, enabling fast feedback and quality control. DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL also contains integrated DVD title verification to ensure that each DVD title is compatible across the broadest range of set-top and PC-based DVD playback devices. DVD Fusion for Macintosh SL is fully upgradeable to the DVD Fusion for Macintosh Advanced Authoring option and to Sonic’s DVD Creator system.

About Media 100 (NASDAQ: MDEA)

Media 100 Inc., the pioneer of Streaming Media production tools for the Internet develops software and systems that simplify the creation and delivery of video on the Internet, DVD and CD-ROM. Media 100 provides the market’s most comprehensive suite of streaming media solutions -- ranging from video/audio acquisition and editing to dynamic media compression, from MPEG-2 encoding to real-time transcoding – and is the only company in the world that supports all three major streaming media formats; Real Systems G2, Windows Media, and QuickTime 4.

With recent acquisitions of industry innovators Terran Interactive and Wired, the Media 100 Companies are well positioned to dominate the streaming media marketplace. Through Terran, Media 100 now offers powerful and easy-to-use solutions that optimize and compress dynamic media via the Web, broadband network, CD-ROM and DVD. Media Cleaner Pro, Terran’s flagship product, is recognized as the industry standard for compressing digital media. Through Wired, Inc., Media 100 provides top-of-the-line MPEG encoding and decoding technology for Macintosh, Windows and Windows NT platforms. These solutions – combined with Media 100’s own award-winning iFinish™ and Media 100 family of streaming media production tools – enable a new breed of content developers to produce and deliver high-quality audio and video over the Internet.

Based in Marlboro, MA, Media 100 currently boasts over 27,000 systems installed in more than 50 countries worldwide – and provides the streaming media solutions for such dot-com leaders as ABCNews.com, Warner Brothers Online, Universal Studios Online and Excite@Home. Media 100’s digital video systems are used in a wide array of industries for the creation of programs for broadcast and cable television, education, corporate training, animation, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and streaming media for the Internet. For more information, visit www.media100.com.

About Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC)

Based in Marin County, California, Sonic (http://www.sonic.com) is the leading manufacturer of solutions for DVD publishing and interactive, streaming video on the Internet. Sonic DVDit! (http://www.dvdit.com) is the first application for DVD authoring targeted at consumers and corporate video producers, and is bundled with major video editing, capture, encoding and media production systems. Streaming DVD is the first interactive technology based on DVD for content distribution over the Internet. Sonic DVD Creator and DVD Fusion for Macintosh are the most widely-used systems for professional DVD publishing, and are installed worldwide at major studios, post production facilities and in corporate marketing departments. SonicStudio HD is the leading digital workstation for preparing audio for release on CD and the first for creating content for the new DVD-Audio format. Sonic is also a full voting member of the DVD Forum, the standards-setting body for the DVD format.