Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Blu-ray 3D doesn't make its retail debut until next week, but you can get a taste of the tools used to make it right now, as Sony has announced the availability of its Blu-print 6 and Z Depth software packages. The latest version of Blu-print adds "Profile 5" (read: 3D) authoring compliance to its list of features, integrating all the offset metadata for 3D menus and working with MVC encoded video, while adding a few non-3D features like new DTS-HD encoding support and Windows Vista 64-bit compatibility. Z Depth's job is keeping subtitles properly aligned in 3D, just one of the new issues that need to be dealt with in these discs. No word on a price tag, but judging by the initial version's $50,000 retail value, we're figuring if you have to ask...


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Blu-print 6(TM) and Z Depth(TM) Now Available From Sony Creative Software

Extensive Upgrades Provide Authoring Studios and Professional Video Editors With New Blu-ray 3D™ Production Tools


MADISON, Wis., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Creative Software, Inc., a leading provider of professional video and audio editing applications, today announced the availability of Blu-print 6™, a Blu-ray Disc authoring application and Z Depth™ 3D subtitle offset editing application. The upgraded Blu-print 6 application offers a host of new features for production studios that significantly enhances workflow processes, including 3D title authoring in accordance with the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) Profile 5 Blu-ray 3D disc specification, 3D menu and subtitle graphics, and easy MVC encoded content importing. Z Depth application generates the required offset metadata file needed for a Blu-ray 3D project, thus enabling editors to accurately position subtitles and menu graphic elements in the 3D space.

With the new additions to Blu-print 6, studios can author 3D content for the new Blu-ray 3D™ format standard for high volume professional production. The updated software also includes support for offset metadata integration required for 3D Subtitles and 3D menu graphics. To provide increased power and flexibility for complex authoring projects, 3D BD-J (Blu-ray Disc Java) integration and Blu-ray 3D Disc cutting master generation is also supported.

The all-new Z Depth subtitle offset editing application acts as an extension of Vegas™ Pro 9 software to enable 3D authoring companies to easily create required disparity metadata files for positioning of subtitles and menus in a Blu-ray 3D production. New to Blu-ray 3D production, the Z Depth application will enable Blu-ray 3D authoring facilities and subtitle creation companies to produce accurate subtitling in the 3D space that will allow for the most comfortable viewing experience.

Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center used Blu-print 6 and the new Z Depth application for the Blu-ray 3D production of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the first Sony Pictures title to be released on Blu-ray 3D™.

Blu-print 6 and Z Depth applications are available for purchase through Sony Creative Software Professional Services at www.sonycreativesoftware.com.

About Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and audio production. The company develops applications that integrate with and enhance use of Sony cameras and other hardware devices. Sony Creative Software customers span the globe and include seasoned professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, as well as students, educators, hobbyists, and enthusiasts. For more information about professional and consumer products, visit www.sonycreativesoftware.com.

Blu-print is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Pictures Entertainment in the United States and other countries. Z-Depth is a trademark of Sony Creative Software. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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