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Sony Releases Media Manager/Converter for Playstation Portable

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Sony Releases Media Manager/Converter for Playstation Portable

Software Expands Multimedia Capabilities of PSP System; Announcement Further Validates the Growing Trend of Consumers Using the PSP System as a Portable Media Device

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 — MADISON, WI — Sony Media Software, a leading provider of award-winning professional video and audio editing applications, announced today the availability of software for the PC that lets users easily move content from their personal computer to their PSP (PlayStation Portable) system.

The product, titled PSP Media Manager, allows users to take full advantage of the PSP system's ability to display various types of multimedia content by leveraging its capabilities as a portable music device, digital photo album, and movie viewer. With PSP Media Manager software, users can transfer videos, music, and still images, all via a USB-cable connecting their PSP system to a personal computer.

A download-only version is immediately available for US$19.95 at http://www.sony.com/mediasoftware. The boxed version, which will include a six-foot USB 2.0 cable, sample media, and five free song-downloads from the CONNECT music store (http://www.connect.com), will be available online at http://www.sony.com/mediasoftware or http://www.sonystyle.com on December 1st with an MSRP of US $29.95.

The PSP Media Manager software provides quick navigation and thumbnail previews to easily identify photos and videos to move from the PC to PSP system, and even lets users select amongst different quality settings (bit rates) for the transferred media.

Most popular video and audio formats are supported and the PSP Media Manager also makes it simple to locate and subscribe to a variety of RSS feeds including podcasts, video blogs, and PSP-formatted magazines for automatic downloading to the PSP system.

The software also provide a one-click option that lets users back up game saves, images, videos, and music files from the PSP system to their PCs.

Sony PSP Media Manager - Video
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"With more then two million PSP systems sold in North America as of September 2005, the PSP system has established itself as the pre-eminent device for mobile entertainment and gaming. Now, with the release of the new PSP Media Manager software, we're providing Sony technology that lets users easily optimize and transfer their content from the PC to their PSP system with a familiar drag-and-drop interface," says Dave Chaimson, vice president of marketing, Sony Media Software. "Whether your source is 16:9 high definition video footage, a collection of photos from your latest vacation, or a PSP formatted publication, this new technology lets you view and share it anywhere you and your PSP system go."

"Since its inception, the PSP system has quickly become the device of choice for portable entertainment. Whether it's games, music, movies photos or Internet access, no other portable media device provides as much functionality and entertainment as the PSP system," says John Koller, senior product manager, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "PSP Media Manager software enables consumers to easily manage and move their favorite media from their PC to their PSP. The PSP system, coupled with the new PSP Media Manager software, provides a complete solution for truly enjoying the PSP system's portable entertainment capabilities."

PSP Media Manager features include:

Extensive video, audio, and image support
Easy drag-and-drop transfer to PSP
Photo and video thumbnail preview
Background processing

Video support for .mp4, .avi, .mpg, .mov, .wmv, and more
High quality, Sony AVC (H.264) video encoding
Customizable target encoding settings

Automatic album name folder creation
Audio support for .mp3, .wav, .wma, and other formats
Gracenote CD album identification
Customizable bitrate options for encoding and playback

Automatic photo album name folder creation
One-click transfer of entire PSP-formatted magazines
Image support for .bmp, .jpg, .gif, .png, .tif, and others

Built-in directory of popular RSS feeds including ACIDplanet.com podcasts
One-click refresh to get the latest podcast episodes on the PSP
Feed subscription, import, and export

Game Saves
Back up game saves on your computer or PSP
Move game saves between Memory Stick Duo media

Additional information on the PSP Media Manager and other Sony software products 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 software, Vegas software, CD Architect software, DVD Architect software, ACID Pro software, Sony Sound Series music and sound effects libraries, Sony Vision Series graphics, animations and stock footage libraries, Noise Reduction plug-in, Vegas Movie Studio software, ACID Music Studio software and Sound Forge Audio Studio software., ACID XMC software, Jam Trax software, and Super Duper Music Looper software.

The team also runs the ACIDplanet 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 subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, 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.