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Technicolor Chooses Sonic Authoring Solutions to Power Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD Titles

Sonic Solutions, and Technicolor

, part of the Services division of Thomson announced the production of the world’s first replicated discs utilizing the advanced interactive modes of the Blu-ray Disc (BD) and HD DVD formats. Highlighting the real-world capabilities of Sonic-developed tools available to members of Sonic’s High Definition Authoring Alliance (HDAA), the titles were authored at Technicolor Creative Services’ DVD authoring facility in Burbank using Sonic Scenarist HD DVD Edition and Scenarist Blu-ray Edition high-definition authoring workstations. The titles were then optically mastered by Eclipse Data Technologies and replicated by Technicolor Home Entertainment Services in Camarillo, CA.

The Technicolor-produced titles will be showcased at HD DVD and Blu-ray demonstrations during the 2006 International CES this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Delivering the exciting interactive features of the new high-definition formats, the first title features the recently re-mastered documentary “Chronos” by award-winning director Ron Fricke. “Chronos” will be displayed in both new formats at the Thomson exhibit area in the Renaissance Hotel, and also previewed in a 14-foot walk-through theater at the Thomson booth (1/20901) in the South Hall using an RCA-brand HD DVD player and an RCA 70″ DLP display. A second title, also created in BD and HD DVD versions, is “DTS Alive,” a CES presentation for DTS. Technicolor has also provided a spindle of HD DVD disc samples to the HD DVD Promotions Group for display in the HD DVD booth, as well as a spindle of BD disc samples for the BD Promotions Group.

The Sonic authoring systems used to create the BD and HD DVD discs at Technicolor are included in the set of encoding, authoring, and emulation solutions supplied to members as part of Sonic’s HDAA program. Sonic’s tools enable the features of each format’s standard playback modes — HDMV for BD and Standard Content for

HD DVD — while also offering unique support for the advanced interactive capabilities of iHD for Advanced Content HD DVD and BD-J for Blu-ray Disc. The advanced capabilities enabled by these tools are highlighted in both versions of “Chronos,” which feature

movie-synchronized on-screen display of bonus material such as anecdotes and annotations, and contextual overlaid menus that allow viewers to select scene navigation, change audio settings, and turn on annotations, all without interrupting video playback.

Scenarist Blu-ray Edition Workgroup includes BD-J advanced interactive components, while Sonic Scenarist HD DVD Edition Workgroup includes the Sonic HD DVD Advanced Content Multiplexer and Advanced Content Player, making it the first production platform capable of both producing and emulating fully-interactive HD DVD 1.0 titles. The tools are updated as format specifications are finalized and feedback from HDAA members is incorporated into the interface and workflow design.