Roxio Launches Easy Media Creator 8
Posted Oct 3, 2005

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, has introduced Easy Media Creator 8, a significant upgrade to its Editor's Choice-winning digital media suite. Easy Media Creator 8 merges advanced technologies from Roxio and Sonic into a comprehensive suite of CD and DVD authoring, burning, photo, video, and music applications available. The software is scheduled to be available globally in retail and online beginning later this month

Consumers' new digital media experience begins at Media Creator Home, the central hub for navigating to any of the suite's 25 applications, launching specialized features or completing common tasks in just a few mouse clicks using Home's embedded functionality. From Home, users can quickly appreciate the tremendous depth and breadth of digital media functionality Roxio Easy Media Creator 8 delivers. Those seeking guidance, or with little time to invest, will appreciate the new Task Assistants that lead them through the creation of stunning personalized projects. It is here that consumers will also discover new functionality such as instantly sharing photos over the Internet with friends and family or accessing digital media anywhere on a home network.

Headlining the new music capabilities of Easy Media Creator 8 is DVD Music Disc, which turns any DVD player into a virtual music jukebox with up to 50 hours of Dolby Digital quality music. With enough room for approximately 65 albums, DVD Music Discs play back in standard set-top DVD players and feature attractive DVD menus and navigation by track, artist, genre, album or year, accessed via remote control. Another industry first in Easy Media Creator 8 is MusicID, which acoustically fingerprints unknown music files to automatically fix or add the correct ID3 tag information such as title, artist, and genre. MusicID is a tremendous time saver for consumers using Easy Media Creator 8's feature for digitizing classic LPs and tapes. Other new audio features enable users to burn a long audio compilation across multiple audio CDs simultaneously, and specify a play back order of MP3 and WMA files even if their player only supports alphabetical playback. Another Easy Media Creator 8 innovation makes it easy to extract audio from DVDs to create audio CDs or MP3/WMA music tracks for use on portable players.

Easy Media Creator 8 uses Sonic Solutions' advanced DVD authoring technology with the integration of the newest version of MyDVD. The popular authoring application, already renowned for its ease of use, now makes it easier than ever for consumers to create personalized DVDs with custom designs and full-motion multi-chapter menus that enable advanced navigation. VideoWave, the suite's rich video editing application which includes automated video creation options as well as advanced hands-on controls, has been architected to work in real-time with HD video streams. Easy Media Creator 8 now includes DivX 6 support to enable the creation, editing and playback of high-definition DivX media files. In addition, TiVo Series 2 subscribers can now use Easy Media Creator 8 to transfer, preview, and burn to DVD the shows they record on their home-networked TiVo Digital Video Recorders.

Easy Media Creator 8's recording and backup components enable consumers to burn, copy, and archive all types of digital media and data on CD and DVD, including double layer DVD media. Large files can now be automatically spanned across multiple discs and burned in multiple drives simultaneously, which is ideal for the many consumers with both a built-in CD recorder as well as external DVD burner. DVD movies can be easily compressed and copied from 9GB to 4.7GB discs, with options for removing unwanted extras to optimize recording quality. In a similar fashion to compiling a mixed music CD, consumers can now create compilation DVDs of movies from different sources such as DVD-Video, DivX or WMV. Easy Media Creator 8 also allows consumers to complete the most popular data burning and disc copying functions in fewer clicks by embedding common functions directly within the suite's new Home application and component launcher.

Media Creator 8 makes photo creativity and sharing a snap for digital camera owners. Ideal for new users or those with little time to invest, Easy Media Creator 8 now includes a series of Task Assistants that guide users quickly through the creation of stunning photo projects such as greeting cards, panoramas, calendars, and slideshows. The ingenious slideshow task assistant enables users to produce slideshows with pan & zoom, title slides, background music, and voice over narration in a matter of minutes. The resulting slideshows can be exported to Video CD or DVD in standard or Widescreen (16:9) format and even as DivX HD in 720p or 1080p files. Easy Media Creator 8 makes photo sharing effortless with the new LiveShare feature. LiveShare establishes a private peer-to-peer connection so users can permit friends and family, via an email web link, to directly browse and download photos on their PC using any web browser. Using LiveShare is as easy as sending an email without the need for large attachments or long upload times. Another innovative sharing option is My MediaSpace, which allows consumers to use their home network and UPnP-compliant living room devices to access and view media. Using My MediaSpace, consumers can share and access photo, music, and video files between home computers as if they reside locally and even view the content on their TV via a network connected set-top box.

Easy Media Creator 8 will be available beginning later this month in over 12,000 store fronts throughout North America, directly from Roxio at (http://www.roxio.com/go/emc8) and available shortly thereafter in Europe and Asia Pacific regions. It will be priced at $99.99 SRP and at equivalent value in regions around the world. Registered owners of Roxio and Sonic products, as well as owners of select competitive products, may be eligible for special upgrade offers. For more information on Easy Media Creator 8 or to pre-order in North America visit (http://www.roxio.com/go/emc8).