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9/12/2005

 
Sony Media Software's Expanded Line of Consumer Software Products Makes At-Home Media Creation Easier Than Ever

New Products Include ACID XMC and Vegas Movie Studio + DVD Platinum Edition

New Updates of Vegas Movie Studio, ACID Music Studio, and Sound Forge Audio Studio Provide the Ultimate Content Creation Experience

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Media Software announced today that two new consumer products, ACID XMC(TM) and Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition, along with the newest versions of its Vegas(R) Movie Studio(TM)+DVD, ACID(R) Music Studio(TM), Sound Forge(R) Audio Studio(TM) are now available.

The breadth of new features within the new and updated product suite provides consumers unparalleled access to powerful but cost-effective media tools that transform the PC into a complete home-media studio. The new products will be available at consumer software retail stores nationwide and also worldwide from international retail partners.

Amateur videographers and budding directors alike can now take advantage of Sony Media Software's professional-quality, award-winning video editing tools in the comfort of their own homes. Vegas Movie Studio+DVD and Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition software allow consumers to edit home movies or create entire videos using a simple Windows drag-and-drop interface. New product features also include support for a variety of software and hardware formats, and the ability to import video files from Sony DVD Handycam(R) camcorders. Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition software now also offers HDV (high-definition video) support for users who are looking for a way to get started editing this new and exciting format, while still providing an excellent platform for DV support. The Platinum Edition of Movie Studio+DVD software offers the same robust features that the regular version does, but provides over 400 bonus special effects and transitions from Pixelan a 126 page handbook that provides valuable information for editing and delivering HDV, and ACID XMC for music creation.

In addition to their video application upgrades, composing new music or creating remixes is a snap with Sony Media Software's audio editing and music creation products. ACID Music Studio, Sound Forge Audio Studio and ACID XMC software provide everything DJs, remixers, audio efficianados and music fans need to develop a sound that is all their own. With these tools, users can easily compose original songs, export audio in a variety of formats, quickly burn CDs, create MP3s and share their musical creativity. The complete line of Sony audio and video software products works seamlessly together and enables a wider variety of at home projects - perfect for media center PC production.

"Our products provide consumers with a unique and powerful combination of easy-to-use tools to edit video, author DVD's, compose music, and manipulate audio. Consumers are now able to make memorable movies, explore their musical talents, and truly take control of their entertainment creation experience," said Dave Chaimson, vice president of marketing for Sony Media Software. "With the upgraded versions of Vegas Movie Studio+DVD, ACID Music Studio, Sound Forge Audio Studio, and the new ACID XMC and Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition software, PC users now have access to a complete personal media creation suite of products that will transform their videos and still images into lasting memories."

Product Descriptions and Features

Vegas Movie Studio+DVD : (MSRP: $89.95)

Creating stunning movies and picture slideshows is easy and fun with Vegas Movie Studio+DVD video editing and DVD creation software. Drag and drop to add transitions, effects, titles, and more. Powerful tools let consumers design and burn professional-looking DVDs to share with friends and family. Exclusive Show Me How tutorials are built right into the software so they can learn as they go, without leaving the application.

New features Include:
-- Import and editing support for Sony DVD Handycam camcorders
-- Real-time video and audio event reverse
-- DirectX(R) audio plug-in support
-- VST effect support
-- ASIO driver support
-- Multiprocessor support
-- ACID loop properties support
-- Editing enhancements, including ripple editing improvements
-- Audio/Video synchronization tools
-- Enhanced video compositing (picture-in-picture, opacity envelopes,
shadows)

Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition: (MSRP: $129.95)

The new Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum software is perfect for the consumer or prosumer who wants to create professional-looking movies in DV or HDV, and produce DVDs. Users can even create their own music and score videos with the included ACID XMC software. Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum software now offers DirectX support and includes over 20 effects such as EQ, Reverb, Compressor and more. The package also includes over 400 customizable effects and transitions from Pixelan Software, one of the industry leaders in video effects and transition plug-ins.

New features Include:
-- Everything found in Movie Studio+DVD plus:
-- HDV capture and editing
-- 3-wheel primary color correction
-- DirectX plug-in support; includes over 20 DirectX effects
-- Sony Pictures Sound Effects sampler; plus 1,001 Bonus FX
-- SpiceMASTER(TM) 2.5 TFX from Pixlan Software
-- DV/HDV video handbook
-- ACID XMC music creation software

ACID Music Studio: (MSRP: $69.95)

ACID Music Studio software is the perfect tool for original song creation, live recording, studio-quality mixing, and effects processing. Consumers can share songs any way they want - burn their own CDs, upload to the Web, or export to a MP3 player. ACID Music Studio 6 software includes over 1,700 royalty-free music loops, unlimited tracks for audio and MIDI, studio-quality audio effects, and more.

New features Include:
-- DirectX plug-in support
-- Tempo-based DirectX effects
-- VST instrument support
-- VST effect support
-- ASIO driver support
-- User-definable project media folders
-- Edit source project
-- Drop one-shots in real time via keyboard commands
-- Enhanced audio timestretching and beat detection

Sound Forge Audio Studio: (MSRP: $69.95)

Sound Forge Audio Studio software is everything a consumer needs to produce professional-quality audio on a home computer. Record just about anything, edit and restore audio, burn CDs, create streaming media, and convert audio files - all using simple commands such as cut, copy, and paste.

New features Include:
-- Built-in Show Me How interactive tutorials
-- DirectX plug-in support
-- VST Effect support
-- ASIO driver support
-- Flash(TM) (.swf) format import
-- Updated Regions List window
-- Edit source project
-- Customizable UI, Windows(R) XP theme support

ACID XMC: (MSRP: $69.95)

The brand-new ACID XMC software, built off of the legendary ACID Pro music creation technology, offers a quick and easy way for anyone to create their own music. Using the Beatmapper(TM) tool, users can import their own favorite songs, arrange with other music loops and create mashupsremixes and MP3's. Integrated disc-at-once CD burning even allows users to share their mixes with others. ACID XMC software comes with over 600 music loops in multiple genres such as Dance, Hip-Hop, Rock and more

New features Include:
-- Unlimited tracks of audio
-- Automatic Key and Tempo matching
-- Built-in Show Me How interactive tutorials
-- MP3 format open and save, unlimited bitrates
-- Beatmapper remixing tool
-- DAO/TAO CD burning
-- CD audio extraction
-- Multiple file format support and export, including .wav export
-- WMA and QuickTime format import/export

Additional information on each of the new products and the rest of the Sony consumer and professional product lines can be found at http://www.sony.com/mediasoftware .

About Sony Media Software

Sony Media Software manages the following media creation software titles: Sound Forge(R) software, Vegas(R) software, CD Architect(TM) software, DVD Architect(TM) software, ACID(R) Pro software, Sony Sound Series(TM) music and sound effects libraries, Sony Vision Series(TM) graphics, animations and stock footage libraries, Noise Reduction(TM) plug-in, Vegas Movie Studio(TM) software, ACID Music Studio(TM) software, Sound Forge Audio Studio(TM) software, Vegas Movie Studio+DVD software, Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition, ACID XMC, Super Duper Music Looper and Jam Trax software. The team also runs the ACIDplanet(R) online service (http://www.acidplanet.com/), a worldwide community for progressive musicians. For additional product information, please visit http://www.sony.com/mediasoftware .

ACID, Sound Forge, Vegas, CD Architect, DVD Architect, Noise Reduction, Sound Series, Vision Series, Music Studio, Audio Studio, Movie Studio, Jam Trax, Super Duper Music Looper, and LooperVision are trademarks or registered trademarks of Madison Media Software, Inc., a Sony Corporation of America subsidiary, or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners in the United States and other countries.

Source: Sony Media Software

CONTACT: Kristen Tarnol of Sony Pictures Digital, +1-310-840-8234,
ktarnol@imageworks.com; or Brent Marcus of Bender/Helper Impact for Sony
Pictures Digital Networks, +1-310-477-4647 ext. 2245,
brent_marcus@bhimpact.com

Web site: http://www.sony.com/mediasoftware
http://www.acidplanet.com/




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