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Zuma Digital Completes Largest-Ever DVD Museum Installation; Guggenheim Uses Sonic DVD Creator to Create Interactive Displays for Museum


06:31 a.m. Oct 14, 1998 Eastern

NOVATO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 14, 1998--Sonic Solutions announced today that Zuma Digital (New York) has used Sonic DVD Creator to produce DVD content for the "Premises" exhibit which opens today at the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum in New York.

"Premises" marks the first time that DVD has emerged as the lead technology supporting a major art exhibition of international importance. Using 45 DVD players for continuous projection of interactive content, this show is the largest use of DVD for a single public exhibit.

"Premises" explores 40 years of French artistic and architectural practice, with an emphasis on the creative engagement of space. In addition to more familiar artists such as Christian Boltanksi, Yves Klein, and Annette Messager, and architects Le Corbusier and Jean Nouvel, "Premises" introduces a younger generation of artists including Absalon, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, who have not yet been widely received in the United States.

Blaine Graboyes, Technical and Creative Director at Zuma Digital, supervised the massive project, which comprises over 25 hours of video. "The Guggenheim Museum project involved a tremendous amount of video encoding, as well as developing control systems for four interactive DVD kiosks," said Graboyes, whose firm completed the project.

"With Sonic DVD Creator, we were able to successfully complete a challenging project that required addressing a high volume of material with great sensitivity, on a grueling timetable." With much of the art presented in the form of film or videotape, Zuma Digital's prime responsibility was to ensure the successful transition of the art pieces to the DVD format.

For "Premises"' interactive kiosks, Zuma Digital used Sonic DVD Producer(tm) to author the project's interactive menus and a control system that allows museum visitors to choose which of three pieces of art to view. Zuma Digital programmed the kiosks to return to the "attract screen" state at the conclusion of the program segments, and also programmed the DVD displays to automatically switch on and off to reduce the maintenance time required of the Guggenheim staff.

"Developing content for museum installations requires production tools with the power to enable a wide range of highly-interactive applications as well as the highest quality audio and video to do justice to the artists' vision," said Mark Ely, Director of Product Marketing for Sonic Solutions. "Sonic DVD Creator makes it possible for developers to approach kiosk design in an intuitive and graphical way and to provide the richness and interactivity necessary for compelling displays and presentations."

About Sonic DVD Creator

Sonic DVD Creator is the most widely-used and the only complete DVD production system available today. DVD Creator consists of modules for high-quality MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 video encoding, audio prep and encoding, authoring and proofing. The Sonic DVD Creator Workstation is network-enabled and can easily be expanded into a larger workgroup as a facility's DVD production business grows. Included with the system are Sonic DVD Studio for video and audio encoding, Sonic's DVD Producer authoring software, and DVD PrePlay for proofing titles.

About Zuma Digital

Zuma Digital, founded in March 1997 by David Anthony and Blaine Graboyes in association with JSM Music, has completed over 100 DVD projects, including several major museum installations and over 40 feature films. Zuma Digital provides a complete range of DVD creative, project management and integration services, including: concept development, graphic development, authoring of DVD-Video discs, comprehensive digital video encoding services (MPEG 1, MPEG 2, AVI and QuickTime), DVD-Video interactive menu creation, through production.

Zuma Digital is licensed by Dolby Laboratories to encode the Dolby Digital standard 5.1 surround sound. And in association with JSM Music, Zuma offers Dolby Digital audio remix service.

For additional information on Zuma Digital and the Guggenheim project, please contact Len Stein at 212/777-4350.

About Sonic Solutions

Based in Marin County, Calif., Sonic Solutions designs and manufactures tools to assist video, audio, and multimedia professionals in preparing music, video, film, graphics, and entertainment software. SonicStudio is the leading digital audio workstation used around the world by audio professionals to prepare recorded sound for release on Digital Audio Compact Disc, as well as to prepare sound for film and video soundtracks and for broadcast on radio and television.

Sonic DVD Creator and DesktopDVD are the leading professional systems for producing content for the DVD format, and have been used to create thousands of DVD titles worldwide. DesktopDVD is the leading DVD production system for corporate and industrial applications. Sonic has been a leader in advancing DVD technology and is a full voting-member of the DVD Forum -- the standards-setting body for the DVD format.

The above paragraphs of this press release contain forward looking statements that are based upon current expectations. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties including, among others, the timely introduction and acceptance of new products, costs associated with new product introductions, the transition of products to new hardware configurations and platforms and other factors, including those discussed in the Company's annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain a more detailed discussion of the Company's business including risks and uncertainties that may affect future results.


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