(PRWEB) June 26, 2002
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. June 17, 2002 – Sonic Desktop Software announced today the launch of SmartSound Movie Maestro, the world’s first soundtrack creation product for home computer users and video enthusiasts. The innovative software allows anyone to easily create movie-quality soundtracks and includes a professionally recorded music library with themes especially suited for home videos.
Movie Maestro is targeted at the consumer and educational video production market – video camcorder users who do not have the time, inclination or budget to edit music using existing conventional audio editing tools. It is the only consumer-oriented audio software designed specifically for visual media creators, eliminating the need for complex sound editing or composing skills.
“Without question, sound brings the ‘visual’ to life; however, audio editing has been beyond the reach of most video hobbyists, until now. For the first time, camcorder users can create perfect, customized music soundtracks for any video project within minutes or even seconds,” said Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of Sonic Desktop. “Movie Maestro is based on our patented, award-winning SmartSound technology which we first developed for professional media creators, as the pioneers of the new field of digital soundtrack creation. Now with our first consumer product, we have taken this technology and made what we believe to be the easiest audio software anyone has ever used.”
Movie Maestro takes an entirely new approach to audio editing over existing products by combining the innovative SmartSound technology with a simple three-step user interface. SmartSound audio content is broken into digitally encoded segments which the software then manipulates to fit the user’s requested usage intent, musical style, and durations. Users simply import their video files, add music with the intuitive Maestro “wizard”, and click “Save Soundtrack.” Movie Maestro creates perfectly timed, fully produced arrangements with musical endings, not mere fade-outs. It’s these custom-fit arrangements that give videos a uniquely professional “Hollywood sound.” Soundtracks can be saved along with the video, or separately for importing into video editing or multimedia applications.
The Maestro wizard helps users locate appropriate musical selections and creates various custom arrangements to fit the desired length. Real-time video playback enables users to see how the audio and visuals work together, and multiple musical arrangements can be created for a single video. If changes are desired, the soundtrack can be modified by simply dragging it to a new location in the timeline, or shortened or lengthened by pulling on the handle at either end. Movie Maestro will automatically re-edit the piece to fit the new length.
Movie Maestro offers cross-platform support for Macintosh (including OS X) and Windows and is compatible with any application or system software that imports industry standard media file formats. Additionally, the software offers built-in integration with several third-party applications including Apple iMovie and iPhoto, Microsoft Windows Movie Maker and PowerPoint for Windows, Ulead VideoStudio 6 and Roxio/MGI VideoWave 5.
Pricing and Availability
Movie Maestro is available now and can be ordered though SmartSound resellers or directly from Sonic Desktop. The software lists for .95 and includes 26 music tracks. The six add-on Movie Music CDs are priced at .95 each and include the following themes: Family, Vacation, Sports, Sentimental, Blockbuster and Cutting Edge. A free tryout version of the software available online.
Unlike the SmartSound music libraries used in professional media creation that carry an unrestricted royalty-free license, Movie Maestro audio content is intended for personal use and is not licensed for broadcast. However, educators are licensed to use Movie Maestro audio content royalty-free for student broadcasts and other educational purposes.
About Sonic Desktop, Inc.
Sonic Desktop Software, The Soundtrack Company, is the developer and marketer of the SmartSound family of audio software products-the world leader in soundtrack creation technology for visual content creators. SmartSound technology is available for Windows 98 or newer and Macintosh OS 9.0 or newer. The products include the SmartSound For Multimedia, SmartSound Sonicfire Pro and SmartSound Movie Maestro soundtrack creation software and the Audio Palette, Sound Palette, The Edge and Movie Music series of music and sound effects add-on CDs. The company is headquartered in Northridge, California, and can be reached by phone at 818-718-9999, by fax at 818-718-9990 or via their website at www.smartsound.com.
(c) 2002 Sonic Desktop Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Movie Maestro, SmartSound, Sonicfire, The Soundtrack Company are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Desktop Software, Inc. Other names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.