DV Studio Chooses Sonic DVDit! for Apollo Expert DVDer





New DVD Publishing Bundle Combines High-quality MPEG-2 Encoding with Powerful DVD Authoring for Under $2,500

Novato, CA --(March 29, 2000)-- Sonic Solutions announced that DV Studio Technologies, LLC, will bundle DVDit!, the industry's easiest to use DVD publishing system, with its Apollo Expert DVDer(tm) MPEG-2 video encoding solution. With DVDit!, DV Studio customers can now author the high-quality MPEG-2 video they encode with DVDer and publish it directly to DVD-R for set-top DVD playback or to CD-R for playback on any DVD-equipped PC.

"We are extremely pleased to offer DVDit! with our Apollo Expert DVDer encoding solution," said Dr. Ash Pahwa, CEO of DV Studio Technologies, LLC. "Sonic Solutions is the leader in DVD authoring systems and the power and ease-of-use of DVDit! is a perfect match for our MPEG-2 hardware."

Apollo Expert DVDer from DV Studio Technologies is a real-time MPEG-2 hardware-based encoder and decoder for Windows NT. Among its features are real-time MPEG-2 variable bit-rate and constant bit-rate encoding, creation of both multiplexed and elementary MPEG-2 video and audio streams, output of both WAV and MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio files, support for NTSC and PAL video formats and video bit rates from 1 to 25 Megabits per second.

"DV Studios has created an excellent MPEG-2 encoding system for DVD authors," said Mark Ely, Director of Product Marketing for Sonic Solutions. "Combined with Sonic DVDit!, the Apollo Expert DVDer is an exceptional value for video professionals, educators, corporate AV departments or anyone interested in publishing their video content on DVD."

About Apollo Expert DVDer

Apollo Expert DVDer is a single board MPEG-2 encoding and playback solution priced to bring MPEG-2 digital video and DVD disc creation to every desktop. It captures video and audio from any video source in real time and converts them into MPEG-2 quality video and digital audio formats. This highly compressed MPEG-2 file can be utilized in any digital domain such as DVD, DVD-ROM, Super VCD, Internet, and broadcasting.

Apollo Expert comes complete with hardware, software and everything you need to immediately start encoding MPEG-2 video on your Pentium-based Windows computer. Hardware is PCI based plug-and-play and installation typically takes no more than a few minutes. The MSRP of Apollo Expert DVDer(tm) from DV Studio with DVDit! is $2495 and is available directly from the DV Studio web store at www.dv-studio.com or from any DV Studio reseller. Existing users of DV Studio's Apollo Expert products can purchase DVDit! for $499.

About Sonic DVDit!

Sonic DVDit! is the easiest way to publish on DVD. Combining a simple and straightforward user interface with Sonic's award-winning DVD multiplexing technology, DVDit! gives video professionals, graphic designers, artists and video enthusiasts the power to create stunning interactive DVD content on their PC.

DVDit! is compatible with AVI and QuickTime video files, allowing users to incorporate virtually any video content - from DV to D1 - into DVDit! projects. With a simple drag-and-drop interface, building DVD titles is as easy as selecting a menu background and then dragging and dropping an AVI, QuickTime or MPEG-2 video file. DVDit! automatically builds buttons and interactivity, multiplexes and formats content and writes it to CD-R or DVD-R for playback in consumer set-top DVD players or DVD-equipped PCs. DVDit! can create interactive titles in DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, cDVD(tm) and Streaming DVD(tm) formats.

About DV Studio Technologies

DV Studio Technologies, LLC, produces affordable state-of-the-art, real-time MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 encoders, DVD authoring and complete plug-and-play solutions. These products enable users to produce digital video content for DVD, Super VCD, DVD-ROM, broadcast, video conferencing and Internet applications. DV Studio's main sales channels are OEMs and resellers. For more information, contact DV Studio Technologies at 949-453-1702 or visit their website at www.dv-studio.com.

About Sonic Solutions

Based in Marin County, California, Sonic (http://www.sonic.com) is the leading manufacturer of solutions for DVD publishing and interactive, streaming video on the Internet. Sonic DVDit! (http://www.dvdit.com) is the first application for DVD authoring targeted at consumers and corporate video producers, and is bundled with major video editing, capture, encoding and media production systems. Streaming DVD is the first interactive technology based on DVD for content distribution over the Internet. Sonic DVD Creator and DVD Fusion are the most widely-used systems for professional DVD publishing, and are installed worldwide at major studios, post production facilities and in corporate marketing departments. SonicStudio HD is the leading digital workstation for preparing audio for release on CD and the first for creating content for the new DVD-Audio format. Sonic is also a full voting member of the DVD Forum, the standards-setting body for the DVD format.


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