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| Sony to Sell Notebooks Capable of Editing Motion Pictures
February 2, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Sony Corp. announced the release of two A4-size
VAIO notebook personal computers that allow users to edit motion pictures.
|The two models are powered by Intel Corp.'s mobile Pentium II microprocessors.
The PCG-888 has a 366MHz Pentium II microprocessor and the PCG-887 runs
on a 333MHz Pentium II. Both models are equipped with a 13.3-in. thin
film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) monitor (1,024 x 768
dots), with about 16,770,000 colors.
With the use of a special docking station, motion pictures can be processed
and edited after the images are captured from digital video (DV) devices.
The VAIO line's highest-end model, the PCG-888 is equipped with a 4x
CD-R drive for writing and a 20x drive for reading (at maximum speed).
Users can save edited motion pictures on the CD-R drive.
Preinstalled software for editing motion pictures includes Sony's "DVgate
motion" and "DVgate still" software as well as Adobe System Inc.'s Adobe
Premiere LE-J. High levels of processing capabilities are featured,
including the ability to insert subtitles and some special effects,
according to Sony.
The main memory is 96MB and a total of 192MB is available. The hard disk
drive has a capacity of 8.1GB.
A docking station, which is sold separately, is necessary for connecting
to DV devices.
The PCG-887 is equipped with a 24x CD-ROM drive, instead of the CD-R
drive. The main memory capacity is 64MB as standard, which can be expanded
to a maximum of 192MB. The capacity of the HDD is 6.4GB. The docking
station is required for connecting DV devices and other VAIO products.
Adobe Premiere LE-J is not preinstalled, but it is available to registered
users at a discount price of 9,800 yen (US$85).
The PCG-888 will be released Feb. 27, and the PCG-887 on Feb. 6, a Sony
Sony expects that the PCG-888 will sell for around 500,000 yen (US$4,330)
and the PCG-887 for 380,000 yen (US$3,290).
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