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April 19, 2004



SONY AND EVS ANNOUNCE INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN XDCAM
PROFESSIONAL DISC SYSTEM AND EVS NEWS EDITING SOLUTIONS

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

LAS VEGAS, April 18, 2004 - Sony Corporation and EVS Broadcast Equipment are announcing that content captured on Sony's XDCAM professional disc system is fully compatible with the EVS CleanEdit nonlinear news editing system.

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. Field crews can transfer this proxy data to their laptops or studios at up to 50 times faster than real-time playback so in-house producers can begin assembling edit decision lists (EDL) almost immediately following acquisition.

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.

"The CleanEdit concept is largely based on the availability of low resolution copies of the broadcast media in order to allow a cost-effective implementation in an existing IT infrastructure, allowing multiple users (journalists, editors, etc) to share content and projects. Thanks to the fact that EVS CleanEdit never requires any rendering at any stage of the workflow, last-minute changes on the lo-res edit are available instantly for playout in hi-res. The field generated proxies that XDCAM provides make it perfectly in line with this philosophy." said Yves Rolus, Vice-President Marketing for EVS Broadcast Equipment.

"By ensuring that the XDCAM and the EVS system 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 EVS, 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. EVS will demonstrate their system interoperability at NAB 2004 on booth C3332, 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.

EVS CleanEdit delivers a complete suite of affordable news production applications from ingest to playout. The unique open approach integrates standard IT-based equipment and network with high performance multi-format broadcast video servers. Journalists and editors are now capable of getting breaking news to air within a flash. This modular tool adapts intuitively to the level of expertise of each individual user. Yet the efficiency of a group's workflow no longer depends on the presence of a particular individual at a particular desk.

About EVS Broadcast Equipment
EVS specialises in server solutions for the international Television community. The Live Slow Motion system LSM-XT is known worldwide. EVS also offers nonlinear editing solutions and a range of MPEG-2 based Servers with associated automation software, for DTV contribution, distribution, playout and DPI.

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