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  • Sony to Sell Management Software for Motion Pictures
  • October 20, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Sony Corp. on Nov. 10 will start selling PictureGear Ver3.0 software to manage image data in a personal computer.
    The program can manage MPEG1 audio visual interleaved (AVI) files. Its motion picture management function can break down stored images for display to check contents. It does not reproduce the whole file, but displays 30 frames of a motion picture evenly to a given time. In addition, the software has a function to produce a 360-degree panorama picture from several pictures.

    It corresponds to MPEG1/AVI/FlashPix/TIFF/JPEG/BMP/GIF/DV still picture and Sony's Cybershot digital camera (DSC-F1/F2/F3) picture format. Data exchange among several formats is possible.

    By registering picture data stored on a floppy disk or a PC card to a hard disk drive in thumbnail size, its catalog search function displays images as thumbnails, without inserting the floppy disk and PC card into a personal computer.

    It is available for Windows 95/98/NT 4.0 at a price of 9,800 yen (US$85).

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    Updated: Mon Oct 19 18:07:26 1998 PDT