Vegas 5 software provides users with optimum solution for HDV editing and connectivity with CineForm's Connect
December 16, 2004

by -- Sony of Canada

Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada's leading electronic
and computer products solutions provider for consumers and business, today announced that its media group, in cooperation with CineForm Inc., have launched special pricing on CineForm's Connect HD application software
for new and existing users of Sony's award-winning Vegas 5 video and audio editing software.

The incorporation of Connect HD on the Vegas 5 platform will
enable users of the recently-announced Sony HVR-Z1U professional HDV camcorder, HVR-M1OU
deck and the recently announced consumer HDR-FX1 camera to capture, edit and export HDV in the 1080i format. In addition to offering a high-quality, high-performance codec that greatly improves the HDV editing experience within
Vegas, this updated version of Connect HD enables capturing and export of HDV content directly from and back to the HVR-Z1U and other HDV cameras.

Connect HD is built around CineForm's Visually Perfect(TM)
high- definition editing codec, CFHD, which provides unmatched performance and visual quality. During capture, the Connect HD capture tool transcodes the incoming HDV signal on the fly into CineForm's proprietary wavelet-based
compression format. The resulting AVI file offers a more efficient editing configuration than HDV's native long-GOP MPEG, though users who wish to edit with HDV MPEG files will be able to do so. In addition to the customized
version of Connect HD, an updated version of Vegas 5 software will also be released, with HDV-specific enhancements in the near future.

"Vegas 5 software, when enhanced with CineForm's Connect HD acceleration, provides our users with a powerful, flexible, cost-effective, end-to-end HDV solution" said Sebastian Scala, Marketing Manager - Pro Audio, Broadcast
Communication Solutions Group, Sony of Canada Ltd. "Our Sony media software engineers have been working closely with the CineForm team and, together, they have made many improvements to the HDV editing experience within Vegas,
to the point that both the 1080i and 720p HDV workflow are now nearly identical to the DV workflow. We anticipate future versions of Vegas software will offer even tighter integration with CineForm technology."

Registered users of Vegas 5 software will be able to
purchase the Connect HD software online through www.sony.com/mediasoftware at special
manufacturer's suggested retail pricing of (US) $149.


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