Sonic Solutions has announced four additions to its line of professional DVD creation systems including DVD Producer 4.5, Sonic eDVD3, SD-series Encoder3.0 and DVD Producer - WMV HD Edition.
DVD Producer 4.5 features dual-layer (DVD-9) title production and compatibility with the new DVD+R double-layer DVD-recordable drives, according to Sonic. DVD Producer 4.5 is also available in new workstation configurations that include enhanced graphics hardware for dual-monitor output and connection to an external NTSC/PAL video monitor, and the option of an SD-series advanced MPEG encoders for the PC. DVD Producer 4.5 is expected to ship in June and has a starting retail price of $1,999 (around £1,100).
eDVD 3 adds web and DVD-ROM links to DVD titles created by most authoring packages, Sonic claims. eDVD 3 creates cross-platform web-DVD links to online content that is playable on both the Windows and Mac OSX platforms. eDVD is expected to ship in May 2004 at a suggested list price of $899, (£500).
The company has also launched DVD Producer – WMV HD Edition for building interactive titles with HD video content, playable on the Windows Media 9 Series player. The new system is expected to ship in September 2004, and will have a target retail price of $12,999 (£7,200). SD-series Encoder3.0 is comprised of two new MPEG video encoders, the SD-1000 and the SD-2000, both currently shipping, at around $11,000 and $25,000 (£6,100 and £14,000) respectively.