Sonic Solutions Brings First Direct-to-DVD Solution to Consumers with HP

NOVATO, Calif.–Aug. 20, 2001–Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) announced today that a proprietary version of Sonic’s MyDVD(TM) application will be bundled on Hewlett-Packard Company’s newly introduced HP DVD-writer dvd100i drive. Co-branded as HP MyDVD Video by Sonic, the new software provides customers with a complete solution for recording, editing and sharing personal video content when using DVD+RW and CD-R/RW media.

“HP has worked with Sonic to bring the first DVD+RW recording solution to consumers,” said John Spofford, Vice-president and General Manager of HP Personal Storage Solutions. “Whether archiving older tapes or sharing videos with family and friends, HP DVD-writers and HP MyDVD Video by Sonic allow consumers to create personalized digital video memories on DVD+RW discs.”

HP MyDVD Video by Sonic is the first application that allows consumers to transform custom home videos into interactive DVDs by burning videos directly from a camcorder or VCR to the HP DVD-writer.(1) The process is simple and fast: connect a camcorder or VCR to a PC and hit the “Record to DVD” button in the application’s wizard. The software then automatically converts the video and audio into the correct DVD format in real-time, adds menus and navigation, and records to a DVD+RW disc viewable on many DVD players and PCs with a DVD-ROM drive. Projects can also be recorded to CD-R/RW media and played back on most multimedia PCs. HP MyDVD Video by Sonic enables users to re-edit recorded discs by changing menus and adding or deleting videos. This feature makes it easy and convenient to archive a video library onto DVD and re-edit the discs later.

“When we began working with HP on a solution for their DVD-writer, our goal was to create an entirely new application – home DVD publishing,” said Bob Doris, President of Sonic Solutions. “When using HP MyDVD Video by Sonic with HP DVD-writers, recording to DVD is incredibly fast and easy. Consumers can also make DVDs which can be modified later, taking full advantage of this dynamic new medium.”

Using HP MyDVD Video by Sonic

HP MyDVD Video by Sonic is built on Sonic’s Hollywood-standard DVD formatting engine – the same technology used to produce tens of millions of consumer DVD-Video titles. Building on this standard ensures that DVDs produced with the application, in conjunction with the DVD+RW format, are playable on the widest range of consumer DVD players. HP MyDVD Video by Sonic provides three ways for consumers to create their own professional-looking DVD titles:


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