Roxio Releases DVDit Pro HD Comprehensive Blu-ray Disc Authoring Software for Video Professionals and Enthusiasts
NOVATO, California (December 06, 2006) - Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today released DVDit® Pro HD, the latest version of the company's pioneering DVD authoring solution, which now makes it possible for video professionals and enthusiasts to create high-definition Blu-ray Disc (BD) movies on their PC for the first time. Based on the same technology used in the development of Hollywood titles, DVDit Pro HD enables users to produce rich Blu-ray Disc titles with stunning HD menus that truly showcase and complement the breathtaking realism of high-definition video content and burn them to Blu-ray recordable discs for playback in Blu-ray players. Roxio DVDit Pro HD is available today at www.roxio.com for $599.99.
"Videographers have been shooting HD footage with affordable HDV and DVC ProHD camcorders for well over a year and, until now, have not had a way of delivering that HD content to their customers," said Gary Bettan, VP of marketing at Broadfield Distributing Inc. "DVDit Pro HD finally adds the missing piece of the HD delivery puzzle. A powerful, easy to use HD authoring solution for Blu-ray Disc, Roxio DVDit Pro HD represents the smoothest possible entry point to the world of high-definition."
Roxio DVDit Pro HD offers an intuitive user interface and straightforward workflow that makes it easy for event and corporate videographers to achieve professional results with minimum effort. These users will also appreciate the application's support for both DVD and Blu-ray Disc, giving them the flexibility to work seamlessly with both standard and high-definition content within a single application. For independent filmmakers and post-production facilities, DVDit Pro HD includes a number of features such as a 32-track subtitle editor, support for DLT and CMF and content copy protection traditionally found only in high-end authoring programs.
"With HDTV sales at record levels and shipments of Blu-ray players, including PlayStation® 3, already over the million mark, consumers are experiencing first hand the pristine picture quality and superior audio of the Blu-ray Disc format," said Rolf Hartley, general manager of the professional products group at Sonic Solutions. "With DVDit Pro HD, video specialists can now affordably output HD content using the Blu-ray format, delivering an exceptional end-product to their customers while simultaneously enhancing their business."
True HD Disc Creation
With DVDit Pro HD, authors can deliver 1080p, 1080i or 720p output on writable or replicated Blu-ray Discs. DVDit Pro HD transcodes high-definition MPEG-2, AVI, QuickTime and Windows Media Video into stunning Blu-ray Disc compatible video for playback on today's most advanced HDTVs
HD Menu Compositor
Content producers can build 1080p, 1080i or 720p still or motion menus from scratch with the product's built-in HD Menu Compositor. Users can also import HD menus created in Adobe Photoshop or modify the application's pre-built, professionally designed HD menu templates.
Users can maximize the quality of their digital pictures by creating HD slideshows with up to 999 high-resolution images. With DVDit Pro HD, they can choose from 65 transitions, add an uncompressed PCM soundtrack and output slideshows at any Blu-ray Disc supported resolution or frame rate.
Multiple Audio and Subtitle Track Support
Authors can take advantage of Blu-ray Disc's massive disc capacity and high maximum bit rate by using DVDit Pro HD's powerful movie timeline which can include as many as eight uncompressed PCM audio tracks and 32 smooth rendered subtitle tracks per movie.
Authors can provide DVD (DLT) and Blu-ray Disc (CMF) mastering services, and add CSS and AACS content protection for replication.
Pricing & Availability
DVDit Pro HD is available now at www.roxio.com for $599 (SRP). The product will be available in early December through leading distributors, as well as catalog and online resellers. Current registered owners of Roxio and Sonic-branded products may be eligible for special upgrade pricing.
Roxio DVDit Pro HD is the latest in a long series of high-definition initiatives by Sonic Solutions, which began its pioneering work on next-generation formats over two years ago. Sonic has taken the leading role in helping the industry make a smooth transition to high-definition, spearheading the High Definition Authoring Alliance (HDAA) in 2005 to prepare Hollywood and their authoring facility partners for the rollout of BD and HD DVD titles. Sonic also created an extension to the Alliance forming of an Advisory Group (HDAA AG), comprised of top-tier computer and consumer electronics companies.
For more information on Sonic's involvement in high-definition formats visit: http://www.sonic.com/HD.
Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, develops and markets the best-selling digital media software in the world. Roxio offers award-winning software products for CD/DVD burning, photo editing and video editing and has an installed base of over 150 million users. Roxio distributes its products globally through strategic partnerships with major hardware manufacturers, through leading retailers, through Internet partnerships and through direct sales at www.roxio.com.
Roxio's parent company, Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC www.sonic.com) is the leader in digital media software and provides a broad range of software tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users and technology partners. Sonic's products range from professional DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies that are used to produce the majority of Hollywood movies released on DVD, to the award-winning Roxio- and Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup applications that have become the premier solutions for consumers and business users worldwide. Sonic's AuthorScript® is the de facto standard for CD and DVD burning and formatting and has been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Broadcom, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.