Sonic Solutions’ DVDit! is bundled with Sony’s VAIO PC Line

Sonic Solutions announced today that electronics giant Sony Corporation has decided to bundle Sonic’s DVDit! with its VAIO PC lines. Sony will bundle Sonic DVDit! LE with its latest line of powerful VAIO desktop computers in Japan and around the globe. With the inclusion of DVDit!, Sony is the first PC manufacturer to provide end-to-end video capture, editing and publishing on DVD on a consumer-level PC.

“We’re extremely pleased that Sony is including DVDit! with VAIO,” said Bob Doris, President of Sonic. “With the combination of VAIO and DVDit!, Sony will continue to lead the industry, enabling consumers to create their own interactive videos and entertainment,” said Koki D. Terui, Sonic’s Vice President of Pacific Rim Operations.

Sony unveiled the new Vaio products last week in Tokyo and announced that it aims to double shipments of its popular personal computers in the current fiscal year. The new Vaio models are rich with multimedia capabilities such as built-in digital cameras, and Memory Stick devices that allow video and audio files to be easily moved between video cameras and the Vaio. Sonic DVDit! LE will be bundled with the Vaio PCV-R73K and PCV-R63K series, allowing users to edit DV video from their camcorders and, using Sonic DVDit!, author and publish their own videos on DVD. The new Vaio series will begin shipping on June 10 in Japan.

The DVD-Video format is the fastest growing consumer electronics format in history. With over 8 million DVD set-top players and over 30 million DVD-equipped PCs in the market today, DVD is rapidly replacing tape as the video publishing format of choice for video professionals and video enthusiasts.

With Sonic DVDit!, VAIO users can drag and drop their DV video files into the DVDit! authoring application and then build menus and interactivity. Once authoring is complete, DVDit! uses Sony’s high-speed DV-to-MPEG-2 video transcoder to convert source DV content to high-quality MPEG-2 video for DVD. DVDit! then records the final DVD content to CD-R or other removable media for playback on PCs. DVDit! can also directly write to DVD-R for discs that play in set-top consumer DVD players.

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