Roxio®, a division of Sonic Solutions®, the leader in digital media software, redefines Mac burning yet again with the introduction of Toast® 9 Titanium. Toast 9 allows consumers to record high-definition content from high-definition (HD) camcorders and favourite HD programming from Elgato's EyeTV devices to Blu-ray Disc (BD). Users also have the option to burn HD video and slide shows on standard DVDs. Having used Toast for many years now, I was very excited to learn of this release, it is well worth reading on...
For on-the-go entertainment, Toast 9 introduces Roxio Streamer(tm). Streamer allows users to stream video content stored on their home Mac® to a Wi-Fi connected iPhone® or iPod® Touch or any Internet connected Mac or PC. Already the first choice for music fans wishing to create great sounding CDs and DVDs, Toast 9 offers the ability to capture streaming audio for recording Internet radio. Another Toast innovation allows captured music tracks to be automatically tagged with song titles, artist or other related information.
Toast 9 Titanium is available direct from Roxio at www.roxio.co.uk for £69.99. The High Definition/Blu-ray Disc (HD/BD) plug-in, which is needed to author BD video is sold separately for £14.99 and is available free for those who purchase Toast 9 online at www.roxio.co.uk until 13th April 2008.
"With the growing adoption of high-definition devices, comes the need for consumer applications that allow users to enhance and enjoy their favourite movies, photos and music on HDTVs or on-the-go," said Vito Salvaggio, vice president of consumer products, Sonic Solutions. "With high-definition video authoring, remote streaming of personal and commercial content, as well as exciting audio innovations, Toast 9 continues its long history of breakthrough features that empower Mac users to make the most of their digital media."
Toast 9 is packed with new features and enhancements that set the standard for burning, watching, listening and sharing digital content on the Mac and beyond.
New Feature Highlights:
- Blu-ray Disc Support - Store as many as 12,500 music tracks, 50,000 photos, and hours of high-definition video on a single 50 GB Blu-ray Disc.
- Mac & PC Data Spanning - Span large files across multiple discs, including Blu-ray Discs, for easy retrieval on any Mac or PC.
- Life in High-Def - Enabled by a HD/BD plug-in, consumers can burn HD video content to Blu-ray Disc and watch it on their HDTV using any BD set top player. For consumers who do not own a BD burner or media, the plug-in allows burning high-definition content to standard DVDs. Users can also create HD video projects using footage from AVCHD camcorders or recorded TV shows or movies.
- Video Editing - Easy removal of unwanted video segments from Elgato's EyeTV and QuickTime® video files before burning the final project to disc or exporting it to a portable player.
- Toast 9 includes a variety of innovative features designed to simplify and accelerate the otherwise time consuming and CPU intensive video conversion process. These include Batch DVD-Video conversion to enable consumers to queue multiple video files for use with Roxio's Fit-to-DVD(tm) compression technology. The Fit-to-DVD compression technology enables consumers to compress large files to fit on a single layer 4.7 GB disc. Pause and Resume buttons enable users to suspend and later resume a video conversion project, and a Video Quality Preview enables users to review a snippet of converted video to verify video quality prior to initiating a complete file conversion.
- Library Extension - Build an extensive audio library by capturing any audio playing through the Mac, including Internet audio.
- Audio Fingerprinting - Automatically identify untagged music files and add song titles, artists and genres, eliminating the mystery of "Track_01".
- Perfect Mixes - Create perfect mixes with DJ-style crossfades and transitions, output level adjustments, and enhancement filters.
- On-the-go Entertainment - A new application called Roxio Streamer enables on-the-go consumers to access video recordings stored on a home Mac and stream it to a Wi-Fi connected iPhone or iPod Touch or any internet connected Mac or PC.
- High Quality Photo Discs - Toast Photo Discs store thousands of full-resolution photos as well as automatically-generated slideshows viewable on Mac and PC.
- iLife and Aperture - Access iLife® 08 and Aperture(tm) libraries directly from Toast 9's Media Browser.
- Personalized Disc Artwork - Personalize discs with labels, cover art, and inserts. Includes drawing and text editing tools, as well as over 600 clip art images and built-in Google image search. Supports LightScribe and Labelflash(tm) drives and media to allow users to burn artwork and labels directly to discs.
Pricing and Availability:
Toast 9 Titanium is available now for purchase direct from Roxio at www.roxio.co.uk, and will be widely available from e-tailers and retail outlets this month for £69.99. Owners of previous versions may be eligible for upgrade offers. The HD/BD plug-in will be sold as a downloadable component from roxio.co.uk for £14.99. Roxio will offer the HD/BD plug-in for free for customers who purchase from www.roxio.co.uk until 13th April 2008.