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April 19, 2004



SONY AND QUANTEL ANNOUNCE INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN XDCAM
PROFESSIONAL DISC SYSTEM AND generationQ

System Support Allows for Cross-platform sharing of MXF and Proxy A/V Data

LAS VEGAS, April 18, 2004 - Sony Corporation and Quantel are announcing that content captured on Sony's XDCAM professional disc system is fully compatible with Quantel generationQ Products.

This seamless interoperability allows a wider range of customers to fully realize the significant workflow benefits of XDCAM, including the system's ability to capture high-resolution content simultaneously in a low-resolution, frame-accurate version called proxy data. The Quantel generationQ system allows high speed file transfer of proxy data from XDCAM at up to 50 times faster than real-time playback direct into the Quantel sQ server where it is immediately available for timeline editing on QView, QCut, QEdit and QEdit Pro workstations. Thus, in-house producers can begin assembling edit decision lists (EDL) almost immediately following acquisition, opening up an efficient in-house workflow to a wide range of professional end users.

Future plans for XDCAM compatibility with other NLE systems include a "Direct Access" feature, allowing XDCAM components to connect directly to an editor through an i.LINK ® IEEE-1394 interface.

"Sony's mastery of Professional Disc technology and Quantel's unique Frame Magic hard disk server technology offer fantastic advantages in real-world broadcast production," said Quantel Executive Chairman, Richard Taylor.

"By ensuring that the XDCAM and Quantel work together, we are extending the potential for a more cost-effective and efficient workflow to be realized by a wider range of professional end users than previously possible. The XDCAM system was designed for the benefit of the broadcast industry, and by working closely with leading technology partners such as Quantel Limited, the system's inherent benefits can be fully realized," said Yoshinori Suzuki, Senior General Manager of Storage System Business Division, B&P Company, Sony Corporation Professional Solution Network Company.

Sony and Quantel will demonstrate their system interoperability at NAB 2004 in Las Vegas, with full system interoperability to be available later in 2004.

Sony's shipped XDCAM units to the broadcast, rental and production industry customers worldwide totaled 1,500 to date. The XDCAM family includes the PDW-510 DVCAM and the PDW-530 MPEG IMX/DVCAM professional disc camcorders, the PDW-1500 professional disc compact deck and the PDW-V1 professional disc mobile deck.

The XDCAM system uses blue-laser optical media for increased data density. Able to store 23.3 GB per disc, the XDCAM professional disc is designed to record and re-record more than 1,000 times and to read written data more than one million times.

Quantel's generationQ broadcast systems are the first to combine broadcast and browse media on the same server under the same database, perfectly complementing XDCAM to provide an optimum new production workflow from camera to broadcast.

About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading personal broadband entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $62 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/

About Quantel™
Quantel is dedicated to creating new tools for the new digital age, covering everything from terrestrial and satellite television to broadband internet, DVD and d-cinema. Quantel's generationQ is a radical, all-encompassing, new concept that offers total scalability in both hardware and software across post production, graphics and broadcast for multiple resolution, team-working production environments.

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