Sonic Solutions has unveiled CineVision 2.0, a major upgrade to the company’s professional encoding system, which promises to tackle the encoding challenges of next-generation Blu-ray Disc (BD) and HD DVD optical disc formats.

The latest version provides a range of features and enhancements including the integration of best-of-class Digital Vision image enhancement technologies, advanced segment-based editing functionality with multi-take capabilities, and dual-format legalization control. CineVision 2 also further improves encoding quality of all three next-generation HD video codecs: H.264 (AVC), VC-1, and MPEG-2.

CineVision 2 now supports a wide range of input types, including QuickTime, AVI, and DPX image sequences. As part of Sonic’s collaboration with advanced digital media application developer Digital Vision, CineVision 2.0 also incorporates Digital Vision Optics (DVO), a collection of resolution-independent, software-based image enhancement tools. With the inclusion, compressionists will be able to fine-tune image quality including reducing unwanted electronic noise and increasing picture sharpness during the encoding process.

Becoming the first application in its class to offer a multi-take system for advanced segment editing, CineVision enables users to save significant time by making changes to a particular segment without having to re-encode an entire feature.

In addition, CineVision 2.0 supports full legalization of all aspects of Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD video encoding including the ability to encode a single file for dual-format output. CineVision 2.0 also allows users to modify more encoding parameters including adaptive quantization, black level normalization, and maximum quantization control.

CineVision 2.0 will be released in May as a full workstation featuring all codecs and tools; single codec product configurations will also be available.