Sonic has announced that it is working with Sony to enhance the BD-Live creation features found in Scenarist BD. By making it easier for Hollywood to create BD-Live-enabled features, the two companies hope to increase the availability of connected-content.
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today announced it is collaborating with Sony to enhance the BD-Live creation features of the Scenarist BD authoring platform. The new capabilities will help streamline the creation of highly interactive Blu-ray Disc titles that harness the full power of the BD-Live feature set to enable Web-connected content.

BD-Live adds an exciting new level of interactivity to the home entertainment experience. By allowing the dynamic inclusion of downloaded online content such as special features, new trailers and games, BD-Live enables content creators to maintain a direct relationship with viewers even after a title has shipped. By making BD-Live-enabled features more efficient to produce, the Sony and Sonic collaboration is expected to help increase the availability of connected-content, which in turn will help speed consumer adoption of next-generation titles and players.
If you'd like to read more, Sonic's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Nero released a new version of Nero 7 this morning. There is no change log yet. However, this new update brings the version count up to 7.11.6.0. If you'd like to check it out, the update can be downloaded here. As usual, feel free to share your experiences in our forum. Add a comment
Sonic has announced the launch of Scenarist BD Edition 4.5. This upgrade to their Blu-ray Disc authoring suite features expanded capabilities for the creation of BD-J titles, numerous workflow enhancements and Sonic's new Scenarist Safeguard tool.
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), ), the leader in digital media software, today announced the release of Scenarist BD 4.5, a major upgrade to the world's leading professional Blu-ray Disc creation solution. The new version features expanded capabilities for the creation of BD-J titles, which fuse Java-programmed applications to enable the integration of high-definition audio and video with advanced interactivity. Numerous workflow enhancements were added to speed title creation, and the software package also includes Sonic's new Scenarist Safeguard tool for setting security parameters on BD-J content. Scenarist BD 4.5 began shipping at the start of April and is on show at Sonic's Booth (SL8020) at NAB, running April 14 through the 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Our customers need to increase productivity and throughput efficiency if they are to participate profitably in the BD authoring market," said Chris Neely, vice president of development for Sonic's Professional Products Group. "The Scenarist BD upgrade directly addresses this need, delivering fast and powerful tools for BD production. With an all-new BD-J creation environment and new capabilities such as BD+ content protection and security signing, Scenarist offers our customers all the necessary features to further develop their BD business and to push BD titles in new and exciting directions."
Scenarist BD Edition 4.5 is available now and is being demonstrated at NAB. More information is available on Sonic's website. Add a comment
NAB seems to be the place to be for new Blu-ray authoring software. Sony Creative Software announced today that it will be showcasing updated versions of its DVD Architect and Blu-print applications at the show.
DVD Architect 5 software enables independent producers and videographers to author both a standard definition DVD or a high definition Blu-ray Disc complete with full motion buttons, motion menus, scene selection menus, subtitles and alternate video and audio tracks. The clean, drag-and-drop DVD Architect interface, powerful layout and authoring tools work seamlessly with the Sony Vegas Pro video editing and production software, making it easy to develop dynamic menu-based DVDs, movies, picture slideshows and music compilations. Shipping in mid-June, DVD Architect 5 software will be available as a free downloadable upgrade to all registered Vegas Pro 8 users, as the Vegas Pro software ships bundled with the DVD Architect application...

...Available in May, Blu-print 4.3 enterprise software helps to simplify the complexity of producing fully interactive Blu-ray discs at professional studios or authoring houses. Delivering on the partnership announcement made last month, Blu-print 4.3 now features integration with Ensequence on-Q Create for Blu-ray Java, which enables Blu-ray Disc developers to create and distribute Java based interactive experiences to viewers worldwide. Blu-print 4.3 features an intuitive user interface, as well as automation tools to simplify otherwise daunting tasks, such as creating multi-story Blu-ray discs. Blu-print 4.3 offers a full-featured high level scripting language that saves DVD authors from having to write BD assembly codes, as well as the ability to export all project objects into XML files for easy BD-Java authoring using Ensequence on-Q Create for Blu-ray Java.
More information on DVD Architect 5 and Blu-print 4.3 can be found on Sony Creative Software's website. Add a comment
Last fall, the AACS LA announced that it would be doing “proactive renewals” of the AACS encryption keys. While this was intended to prevent people from ripping new Blu-ray and HD DVD titles, the folks at Slysoft have been able to stay one step ahead of the AACS LA. Slysoft is continuing the trend with AnyDVD HD 6.4.1.1. This new version already supports MKB v7 which won't show up on titles until the end of April.
The Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator, LLC ("AACSLA") has again started one of its "proactive renewals". Thus leavingmany owners of new high-definition media (Blu-Ray, HD-DVD) in the dark ifthey cannot update their software or hardware players. This new versionof the protection system will be available on new discs released in lateApril, like both Region B BD titles "Alien vs. Predator 2: Requiem" and"Alvin and the Chipmunks".

In response to that decision SlySoft once again updated its system tosupport those new discs and many that are about to be released in thenext few months. All licensed customers of the product "AnyDVD HD" canupdate to the new version 6.4.1.1 free of charge.
If you want to check out the latest version of AnyDVD, it can be downloaded from SlySoft's website. Otherwise, SlySoft's entire announcement can be found here. Add a comment