More affordable desktop DVD creation: MyDVD

Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) announced today the introduction of MyDVD, a DVD authoring application designed specifically for the home user. With a suggested retail price of $99, the software enables consumers and video enthusiasts to “capture your life on DVD” and allows them to add interactivity, graphics and menus to their birthday parties, sports events, vacations, anniversaries and other personal video content.

Dazzle Multimedia, Inc. , a provider of desktop and notebook digital video editing systems for businesses and consumers, is the first to ship MyDVD, in a bundle with the firm’s Digital Video Creator (DVC) system. The DVC/MyDVD for Dazzle combination is a solution that allows consumers to record, edit, encode and then author their own DVD projects.

MyDVD for Dazzle offers a streamlined and elegant workflow — consumers encode their edited video with the Digital Video Creator software, and the finished clips are automatically loaded into a MyDVD project without further file conversions or transfers. Users can then author and preview their DVD title before recording the finished project to hard disk or recordable DVD and CD devices.

Projects created with MyDVD for Dazzle can be written to low-cost CD recorders, allowing consumers to easily share their videos on a low-cost, universal medium. MyDVD can also embed a software player on each disc, so that a CD-R with DVD content – a cDVD(tm) – can be played on the several hundred million PCs equipped with high-speed CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives. MyDVD will also support a wide range of DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW recordable devices when they appear on the market in early 2001.

With support for Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium, and Windows NT, this software can be used on almost any PC platform, and with a wide range of PC-based video editing systems, by consumer video enthusiasts around the world.

MyDVD is currently available for shipment in OEM bundles and has a U.S. suggested retail price of $99.

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