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      04-22-2005
April 18, 2005 06:30 AM US Eastern Timezone

Sonic Debuts Scenarist HD; First HD DVD Authoring System Enables
Hollywood Studios to Begin High-Definition Title Development

NAB2005
Booth #SL308

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2005--Sonic Solutions
(NASDAQ:SNIC), the leader in digital media software, debuted today
Scenarist(R) HD, the world's first HD DVD authoring system, enabling
high-end production facilities and major motion picture studios to
begin developing the first wave of titles in the highly anticipated HD
DVD format. Based on Scenarist, the industry's leading DVD authoring
application, Scenarist HD features the same logical workflow and user
interface already familiar to the majority of professional DVD
authors, providing a smooth introduction to the new high-definition
authoring format.

"We are excited about Sonic Solutions' support of HD DVD. Our close
cooperation with Sonic is a key component in delivering the next
generation of high-definition movies to consumers," said Hisashi
Yamada, chief fellow of Toshiba Corporation's Digital Media Network
Company. "The availability of Scenarist HD will ensure a successful
launch of the new format."

HD DVD combines high-definition video and audio content with improved
menus, subtitles and navigation to provide a superior viewing
experience to make the most of new HD TVs and displays that have
become extremely popular with consumers. Important new features and
capabilities of Scenarist HD include support for the latest
high-definition video codecs (H.264 AVC, VC-1, and MPEG-2) and audio
codecs (Dolby Digital +, DTS HD, and MLP), menus with up to 48 buttons
each as well as 256-color subpictures for smoother looking subtitles,
and expanded navigation capabilities.

"Scenarist has been an important part of our authoring business from
the beginning, allowing us to create some of the most compelling
titles to date for our Hollywood customers," said Larry Spangler,
director of multimedia services at LaserPacific Media Corporation, a
leading DVD encoding and authoring facility. "We anticipate that
Scenarist HD will play an equally important role in our HD authoring
strategy as we begin title production in the new format."

"We've designed Scenarist HD to fit into the HD content creation
workflow," said Rolf Hartley, general manager of Sonic Solutions'
professional products division. "Hollywood studios and professional
post production facilities know and trust Scenarist's reputation for
reliable and flexible title development and, because the majority of
professional authors already use Scenarist, the transition to
Scenarist HD will seem effortless."

Sonic will be demonstrating Scenarist HD at its NAB booth (#SL30 and
plans to release the product in the summer of 2005.

About HD DVD

HD DVD is a digital optical media format that supports high-definition
video and audio, advanced interactivity, Internet connectivity, and
new consumer options. HD DVD discs have a capacity of 15 GB for
single-layer discs and 30 GB for dual-layer discs (yielding up to 8
hours of high-definition movie content). Since HD DVD is based on the
same media as DVD, availability of the new discs, along with hardware
that can play both formats, will likely be cost-effective and timely.
Officially adopted by the DVD Forum, the new format boasts support
from studios like Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Universal, and
Paramount.

About Sonic Solutions

Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC)(http://www.sonic.com) is the leader in
digital media software, providing a broad range of interoperable,
platform independent software tools and applications for creative
professionals, business and home users, and technology partners.
Sonic's products range from advanced DVD authoring systems and
interactive content delivery technologies used to produce the majority
of Hollywood DVD film releases, to the award-winning Roxio- and
Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup solutions that
have become the premier choice for consumers, prosumers and business
users worldwide.

Sonic products are globally available from major retailers, online at
Sonic.com and Roxio.com, and are bundled with PCs, after-market drives
and consumer electronic devices. Sonic's digital media creation engine
is the de facto standard and has been licensed by major software and
hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Microsoft,
Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others. Sonic Solutions is
headquartered in Marin County, California.

Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, Scenarist, and Roxio are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Solutions or its
subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other
company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners
and, in some cases, are used by Sonic Solutions under license.

Forward Looking Statements

The above paragraphs of this press release may 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, Form 10-Q and Registration
Statement 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. The Company
does not undertake to update any forward looking statements.






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