Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
 
Catalyst Browse™
December 2015
 
Contents
This document contains information on the following topics:
 
1.0 Welcome
Thank you for purchasing Catalyst Browse. This document contains information about installing and using Catalyst Browse.
 
2.0 What's New
Key Features
Catalyst Browse is a powerful clip-management tool for the latest Sony camcorders and decks.
  • The Media Browser pane allows you to browse the media files on drives and devices connected to your computer.
  • The Video pane allows you to preview media files.
  • The Inspector pane allows you to view metadata saved in media files.
  • The Adjust Color workspace allows you to adjust the color content of your clips.
  • Clip lists allow you to assemble clips when working with XDCAM media in an XD root folder, XAVC media in an XD root folder, and RAW media in an AxS folder.

    Catalyst Browse is designed to support clips from Sony cameras and devices. For expanded device support, please consider Catalyst Prepare.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2.0.1
  • Improved performance when accessing Professional Disc volumes.
  • Added French and German language support.
  • Updated Japanese and Simplified Chinese language support.
  • Added support for detecting color space for clips created by the Sony Alpha α7.
  • Added support for editing Summary metadata for Professional Disc volumes in the Inspector.
  • Improved audio performance during variable-rate playback.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when inserting a disc in the Sony PDW-U2 XDCAM Disc Drive Unit.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash during startup when running under Windows 10 with multiple GPUs.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when attempting to drop a clip on the EDL Import workspace.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when attempting to browse to a folder that had been deleted.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to stop responding in some cases after clicking the Repair button in the Flash Band workspace.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause accented characters to be displayed incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause image corruption in some transcoded XAVC Long clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause clips to be transcoded incorrectly on some operating systems other than English, Japanese, or Simplified Chinese.
  • The Go to Location and Add to Favorites commands are now unavailable when the application is started in view-only mode.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2.0
  • Added support for repairing flash bands.
  • Added support for adjusting the split location when using split-screen preview in the Adjust Color workspace.
  • Added support for editing sliders in the Color Correction section of the Inspector numerically: click the value and type a new value to specify a precise value.
  • Added support for adjusting color correction when working with clip lists.
  • Added a Play all frames (speed) setting to playback settings to allow you to choose to optimize decoding to preserve the frame rate.
  • Added support for GPS metadata in XAVC S clips recorded by the Sony Action Cam.
  • Added support for GPS metadata in XAVC proxy clips recorded by the CBK-WA100 wireless adapter.
  • Added support for playing XAVC Intra CBG Class 200 MXF clips.
  • Added support for combining relay-recorded clips.
  • Added support for importing an EDL.
  • Added support for choosing a workspace when using the Upload to Ci feature (Options > Share to Ci). Previous versions of Catalyst Browse selected your first workspace by default; if that workspace was too small, uploading was not permitted.
  • Time remaining is now displayed during transcoding.
  • Improved support for displaying metadata.
  • Added support for browsing connected devices in Browse mode.
  • Added support for browsing recently viewed folders in Browse mode.
  • In Browse mode, you can now click the File button and choose Add to Favorites to add the current folder to the Favorite Folders list in the Places pane.
  • In Browse mode, the bottom toolbar now displays the total number of items in the current folder if no clip is selected.
  • You can now press Delete to delete files in the Media Browser.
  • You can now use drag-and-drop operations to copy clips in the Media Browser.
  • Added context menus for easier editing: right-click (Windows) or control-click (OS X) a clip or folder to display a context menu
  • Added support for ejecting volumes in Browse mode.
  • Added support for adding padding to clips during transcoding.
  • Added support for transcoding 1440x1080 progressive clips to ProRes format (OS X only).
  • Added support for transcoding 1440x1080 XAVC Intra clips.
  • Added support for reading and transcoding uncompressed 10-bit SD MXF clips.
  • When transcoding to DPX format, you can type a value in the Starting frame index box to append a numeric index to transcoded file names.
  • The keyboard shortcut to reset Mark In/Out points is now Shift+R.
  • ProRes render template descriptions now include bit rate information (OS X only).
  • The File and Tools menus are now available in Browse and View mode.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when transcoding spanned .smi clips to XDCAM format.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when dragging a file from the OS X Finder to Catalyst Browse when the home folder was selected.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when adding mark points during playback.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Mark In/Out points to be displayed incorrectly after editing them.
  • Added a Favorite Folders section to the folder list in dialogs that allow you to browse your system.
  • Added support for using Open With in the OS X Finder to open files with Catalyst Browse.
  • Added color sampling information to the Video section of the Inspector pane to display a clip's color space, color sampling, and video bit depth.
  • Improved performance when browsing clips on the Sony PDW-U2 XDCAM Disc Drive Unit.
  • The appropriate clip in a clip list is now selected when you adjust the timeline play position.
  • When using Copy snapshot to clipboard, the image is now corrected for nonsquare pixels.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Start time, End time, and Length values to be displayed incorrectly when viewing clip lists.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause timecode values to be displayed incorrectly for XDCAM DV 25p clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Grade in drop-down list in the Options menu to be empty when you first start the application.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an error if you switched away from the Mark Points tab in the Inspector while editing the name of an essence mark.
  • Fixed a bug that could remove an essence mark's name when editing with a very long name on the Mark Points tab in the Inspector.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the Ci Login dialog from being displayed in some cases after choosing the Upload to Ci command.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Inspector pane from displaying clip names correctly after renaming.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent metadata from being displayed correctly after an edit.
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent the application from displaying if you ran the application on a secondary monitor and then restarted the application with the secondary monitor disconnected.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Catalyst Browse to assume file associations unexpectedly.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an error when copying a clip to a destination that had previously contained a clip with the same file name.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause clips to be sorted incorrectly when sorting by frame size.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause transcoding presets to be incorrectly filtered.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the second field of each frame to be skipped when playing or transcoding interlaced media.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Tint slider in the Adjust Color workspace to be reset after closing and restarting the application.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the audio meters to display a signal when playback was paused or stopped.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause clip lists to display generic thumbnail images in the Media Browser after resetting Mark In/Out points.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented clip list thumbnail images from displaying updated clip counts in the left pane when adding clips.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented supported files from opening correctly when dropping them on the Catalyst Browse Dock icon (OS X only).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause black frames to be displayed after removing clips from a clip list.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the cursor from updating when typing a value in the time display while viewing a clip list.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the application from playing AVCHD files created by Edius Pro or Adobe Premiere.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a vertical line in the resulting image when using Copy snapshot to clipboard (Windows only).
  • Updated the embedded Web browser to support TLS 1.2 encryption.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the application from displaying some AVCHD clips in the Media Browser (Windows only).
Notable fixes/changes in version 1.2.1
  • Updated Japanese and Simplified Chinese language support.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause 4K clips shot on the Sony PMW-F5 camera to incorrectly display an error icon in Catalyst Browse.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to incorrectly state that installation was successful when attempting to install to a disk with insufficient space.
Notable fixes/changes in version 1.2
  • Added support for transcoding to XDCAM HD and HD422 formats.
  • Added support for transcoding to long-GOP MPEG-2 formats.
  • Added support for transcoding to SStP format.
  • Added support for transcoding to XAVC Intra formats using the Sony XAVC encoder. Presets are now labeled to indicate whether they use the Sony or MainConcept encoder.
  • Added 720p and 1080i presets for transcoding to XAVC format.
  • Added 720p and 1080i presets for transcoding to Apple ProRes format (OS X only).
  • Added support for transcoding clips between the mark in/out points of the source clip.
  • Added support for copying a snapshot of the current frame to the clipboard.
  • Added support for adding, deleting, and editing essence marks.
  • Added support for sequentially previewing multiple selected clips.
  • Added support for scaling the video preview in the Adjust Color workspace.
  • Added support for HiDPI displays when running under Windows.
  • When adding clips to a clip list, subclips now inherit title and description metadata from the source clip.
Notable fixes/changes in version 1.1.1
  • Added Japanese and Simplified Chinese language support.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some unsupported files from displaying their unsupported status correctly in the Video Preview (OS X only).
  • Improved image quality for files transcoded to XAVC format.
Notable fixes/changes in version 1.1
  • Added a Vectorscope tool to the Adjust Color workspace.
  • Added support for multifile transcoding when all source files use the same source settings.
  • Added 1920x1080p and 2048x1080p presets for transcoding to Apple ProRes format (OS X only).
  • Added support for reading DNxHD clips.
  • Added support to combine to one file when copying a spanned AVCHD clip.
  • Added support for reading SD MPEG-2 clips.
  • Added support for writing XDCAM EX clips to SxS memory cards.
  • Added support for transcoding to interlaced XAVC formats.
  • Added the Transcode button to the Adjust Color workspace.
  • Added Brightness and Contrast sliders to the Adjust Color workspace.
  • Added support for reading Apple ProRes 422 files (OS X only).
  • Added support for showing source clips from the Media Browser. Select a file, click the File button at the bottom of the Media Browser, and choose Show in Finder (OS X)/Show in Explorer (Windows).
  • Added support for showing additional metadata values in the Media Browser.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent color correction settings from being applied to all clips in a clip list.

    Please note that you'll be asked to register again after installing the version 1.1 update.
Notable fixes/changes in version 1.0.3
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the application from reading some files recorded by the PXW-FS7 camera.
Notable fixes/changes in version 1.0.2
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when working with color management on systems running in certain non-US locales.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the application from installing correctly on some Windows computers.
Notable fixes/changes in version 1.0.1
  • Fixed a bug that prevented RAW files from previewing correctly when using the NVIDIA GeForce 340.52 drivers for Windows.
3.0 Known Issues
  • On some computers, the application can hang during startup/registration. Updating your graphics driver will allow the application to start normally.
  • Spanned AVCHD clips may exhibit audio and video noise when previewing the transition between clips. Transcoding is not available for spanned AVCHD clips. We recommend that you copy the clips to your local drive before working with them.
  • ASC-CDL (.cdl) files are not displayed in the Load ASC-CDL dialog when the file is saved in a known folder structure (such as an XAVC or XDCAM volume). Saving the ASC-CDL files in a generic location such as the General folder will allow you to load them.
  • When playing 4K clips, the video preview can display irregularities on some systems that do not meet the system requirements for 4K media.
  • Dragging a proxy file from the Sub folder of a Professional Disc volume to the Catalyst Browse application results in the full-resolution file being loaded. If you copy the proxy file to a local disk before adding it to Catalyst browse, the proxy file will be loaded as expected.
  • Transcoding performance can be slow when transcoding to an exFAT-formatted SxS card on Windows.
  • On some systems, transcoding can fail when using Intel HD Graphics Driver for Windows 8.1 version 10.18.15.4279. Please use the latest driver from Intel.
  • In some cases, transcoding does not work correctly if an EDL is opened while an EDL is already open in the EDL workspace. If you switch to Browse or View mode and reopen the EDL, transcoding will work as expected.
  • If you use the Upload to Ci feature while the EDL Import workspace is open, the last-selected file from Browse or View mode is uploaded to Ci rather than the loaded EDL (OS X only).
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.1.1 or later is required when using an external monitor via a Blackmagic Design SDI or UltraStudio device.
  • If playback is not smooth when previewing high-resolution clips, click the magnifying glass in the video preview window and decrease the preview resolution.
  • If you need to format an SxS card, please use the Memory Media Utility.
  • If you need to format or finalize an XDCAM Professional Disc volume, please use the XDCAM Drive Software.
  • Please use Sony Optical Disc Archive Software, Sony Content Manager, or Sony File Manager for Optical Disc Archive drive access. Sony Content Manager uses Catalyst Browse to view individual clips; Optical Disc Archive drive access is not directly supported by Catalyst Browse.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Catalyst Browse:
  • A 64-bit operating system: Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • 2 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD; 8 cores recommended for 4K)
  • 500 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • Solid-state disk (SSD) or high-speed RAID for 4K media
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended; 16 GB recommended for 4K)
  • NVIDIA, AMD/ATI, or Intel GPU with support for the following:
    • OpenGL 2.1
    • OpenCL 1.1 or later with at least 512 MB of memory (2 GB recommended for 4K) or a CPU with SSE 4.2 or higher
  • You must provide your registration information to Sony Creative Software Inc., a US company, in order to activate the software. Product requires online registration.
5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by Catalyst Browse to your computer.
 
Installing on Windows
  1. Download the install utility from our Web site.
  2. Double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of Catalyst Browse for your computer. 
Installing on OS X
  1. Download the Catalyst Browse DMG file from our Web site.
  2. Double-click the downloaded .dmg file.
  3. Drag the Catalyst Browse icon into to your Applications folder to install it on your computer.
6.0 Trials and Demos
If you would like information or trial/demo versions of other products from Sony Creative Software Inc., please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, trials, demos, and product announcements from Sony Creative Software Inc. there.
 
Commercial distribution of the trials and demos requires written permission from Sony Creative Software Inc.
 
7.0 Contacting Sony Creative Software Inc.
Sony Creative Software Inc. can be contacted in the following ways:
 
Mailing Address:
Sony Creative Software Inc.
8215 Greenway Boulevard
Suite 400
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562
USA
 
Customer Service/Sales:
For a detailed list of Customer Service options, we encourage you to visit http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/support/custserv.asp.
 
Telephone support during normal office hours:
  • 1-800-577-6642 (toll-free) in US, Canada, and Virgin Islands.
  • +608-203-7620 for all other countries.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
Technical Support