Digital video editing system producer Avid Technology Inc. has teamed up with DVD software developer Sonic Solutions to provide DVD authoring capabilities from inside Avid’s popular digital video editing systems. Avid today announced that Sonic’s AuthorScript has been incorporated into Avid’s Symphony 3.1, Media Composer 10.1, Xpress 4.1 and Xpress DV 2.0 editing systems.
Avid Vice President Rob Kobrin said that his company expects DVD-Video to become the preferred media for publishing rough cuts, demos, and corporate videos.
“By integrating Sonic AuthorScript technology into our editing systems, we are enabling video and film editors to publish directly to DVD from their Avid editing systems. With the arrival of low-cost DVD recorders, Avid and Sonic are giving users the capability to publish DVDs for their own use and to expand the services that they offer their clients,” said Kobrin.
Sonic’s AuthorScript technology — which Sonic licenses to third parties like Avid — is a set APIs and C++ libraries that provide functionality like data conversion, MPEG compression, DVD multiplexing and formatting, and driver support for DVD recorders. Cross-platform compatible with both Mac OS and various flavors of Windows, the AuthorScript libraries enable direct publishing of video, pictures and audio on DVD-Recordable and CD-Recordable discs in DVD-Video, Video CD and Super Video CD formats.