Roxio Launches MyDVD 9 Studio Premier

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, has announced the launch of MyDVD 9 Studio Premier, a feature-rich upgrade to the company's DVD creation suite currently bundled with a range of digital devices and personal computers. Developed using the same underlying technologies that power the creation of Hollywood DVDs, MyDVD makes it easy for consumers to apply professional techniques to quickly turn personal photos, slideshows, and home movies into stunning multi-media DVDs. Highlights of the latest release include Blu-ray Disc and mobile device support, Windows Vista compatibility, enhanced video-editing functions, and innovative DVD design and playback-behavior controls.

MyDVD 9 Studio Premier includes a powerful array of photo and video editing tools that offer consumers the perfect blend of automation and hands-on control. For creating professional-quality videos, consumers can use the high-definition enabled, 32-track timeline editor with advanced video overlay tools and fine-tune editing controls or take the quick and easy route with the product's CineMagic feature, which automatically turns raw footage into a polished production. Additional automated capabilities designed to make the movie-making process a cinch include a one-click color correction tool and an innovative background noise removal feature. MyDVD 9 Studio Premier also includes time-saving features, such as the Multi-Trim editor, which allows users to quickly remove a number of unwanted scenes from a movie simultaneously. MyDVD also includes PhotoSuite to allow consumers to touch-up photo-taking mishaps and a Slideshow Task Assistant for turning high-resolution images into shows of breathtaking quality complete with transitions, titles, background music, photo panning and zooming, and narration. MyDVD 9 supports the OpenDVD standard, enabling consumers to re-edit finished disc creations. In addition, MyDVD 9 is backward compatible, allowing owners of previous versions to edit projects created in MyDVD versions 5, 6, and 8.

For generating Hollywood-style DVDs, MyDVD 9 includes new, professionally-designed menu styles that give home movies the professional polish of a blockbuster DVD release. Consumers can choose to enter the MyDVD Express mode, which will guide them quickly through the production of a personalized DVD, or they can enter the advanced editor and take complete creative control. Advanced features include motion menus, menu-to-menu transitions, animated buttons, menu overlays and end-action controls, giving users the power to customize the look and feel of their DVD.

In keeping with the industry's transition to high-definition, MyDVD 9 includes Blu-ray Disc support. This support enables consumers with high-definition camcorders to retain the pristine quality of the HD footage throughout the editing process and then burn it to Blu-ray Disc media for enjoyment on Blu-ray equipped PCs or Blu-ray set-top players. In addition to supporting BD media, MyDVD 9 is compatible with a full range of standard and dual-layer DVD recordable media.

MyDVD 9 includes a Media Manager that enables consumers to quickly organize and access photos, music, video files, and creative projects. Users can also take advantage of the Media Manager to upload photos, video clips, and ringtones to their multimedia mobile phones through a USB or Bluetooth connection. In addition to sending personal content to their phones, consumers can also download the spontaneous moments they capture using their built-in phone camera back to the PC for storing, editing, and sharing. Media Manager also enables consumers to transfer their favorite entertainment such as DivX content or recorded programming from a TiVo system or set-top DVD recorder to their portable media devices. Consumers can use predefined settings to auto-format files for sending to an iPod, PSP or select from a comprehensive list of supported file formats that can be customized to suit any device. In addition, MyDVD 9 offers innovative options for sharing finished productions with friends and family via the web.

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