Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
Catalyst Browse™
June 2015
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
Features in version 1.0
Catalyst Browseis a free clip-management tool for the latest portfolio of 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 XDCAMmedia in an XDroot folder, XAVC media in an XDroot folder, and RAWmedia in an AxS folder.

    Catalyst Browseis designed to support clips from Sony cameras and devices. For expanded device support, please considerCatalyst Prepare.
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 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
  • The application may not display if you run the application on a secondary monitor and then restart the application with the secondary monitor disconnected. Hold Ctrl+Shift when starting the application to reset the application settings.
  • When playing 4K clips, the video preview can display irregularities on some systems that do not meet the system requirements for 4K media.
  • 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.
  • The application may fail to start on some notebook computers with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics adapter. Please visit to manually download and install the latest driver for your graphics adapter.
  • If the application displays A compatible graphics card that supports OpenCL 1.1 is required for GPU acceleration. Please install updated graphics drivers or install a compatible graphics card. please try to install a newer graphics driver. If that is not possible, install the Intel OpenCL runtime for CPU:
  • If playback is not smooth when previewing high-resolution clips, click the magnifying glass in the video preview window and decrease the preview resolution.
  • Metadata cannot be saved in non-MXF files and some MXF files that are not in a folder structure.
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.1.1 or later is required when using an external monitor via a Blackmagic Design SDI or UltraStudio device.
  • 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.
  • Color corrections that were applied in Catalyst Browse 1.0 are not read by version 2.0 and will need to be reapplied in version 2.0.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When you first start the application, the Grade in drop-down list in the Options menu is empty. After you select a file, the drop-down list will display normally and allow you to choose a setting.
  • Transcoding performance can be slow when transcoding to an exFAT-formatted SxS card on Windows.
  • Mark In/Out points can be displayed incorrectly after editing them. Reopening the file will display the correct Mark In/Out points.
  • In some cases, an error can be displayed if you switch away from the Mark Points tab in the Inspector while editing an essence mark. The OK button in the error dialog does not dismiss the error. Please close and restart the application.
  • When using a very long name for an essence mark on the Mark Points tab in the Inspector, the name can be removed.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Catalyst Browse:
  • Microsoft® Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 (64-bit) or Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • 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
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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
Customer Service/Sales:
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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.
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