Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
 
Catalyst Edit™
November 2016
 
Contents
This document contains information on the following topics:
 
1.0 Welcome
Thank you for purchasing Catalyst Edit. This document contains information about installing and using Catalyst Edit.
 
2.0 What's New
Notable fixes/changes in version 2016.3
  • Added support for reading alpha transparency in ProRes clips.
  • Added support for reading ProRes 4444 XQ clips (Windows only).
  • Added support for reading X-OCN clips.
  • Improved performance when reading ProRes clips (macOS only).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to become unresponsive when browsing MP4 clips via FTP or slow network connections.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the color picker to behave incorrectly when using keyframes to modify the Solid Color plug-in.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2016.2
  • Added support for reading ProRes clips when using Catalyst Edit on Windows. Please note that reading 4444 XQ clips is currently supported on Windows only.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash in some cases when adding an MXF clip to the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash in some cases when changing a clip's playback rate.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause interlaced media to be incorrectly transcoded as progressive-scan media when exporting a project.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause rendering to fail when transcoding some XDCAM clips to AVC/AAC (*.mp4) format using the Internet 480p widescreen preset.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause temporary files to remain in the destination folder after canceling a render.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to hang when previewing some video clips using the NVIDIA K6000 GPU.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause decreased playback and rendering performance when multiple OpenFX plug-ins were applied to a clip.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the incorrect audio to be played when a project used multiple clips with the same file names.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause intermittent audio noise when playing some clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio inconsistencies when transcoding to AVC/AAC format.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause blank space to be added to the timeline when performing an L cut.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2016.1.1
  • Updated Japanese, Simplified Chinese, French, and German language support.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when loading some MXF files rendered by DaVinci Resolve.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when opening some transport stream (*.mts) clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when opening ProRes clips (macOS only).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when opening or playing some *.mp4 clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when rendering to *.mp4 format.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2016.1
  • Added Primary display and Secondary window switches to Options to allow you to toggle the main video preview above the timeline and show the video preview in a secondary window that you can position anywhere on your screen or on a secondary monitor. Windows 7 users, please see Known Issues.
  • Added split-screen previews to the video preview to view original and effected video.
  • Added a vectorscope to the video preview.
  • Added overlays for safe areas and anamorphic masking to the video preview.
  • Added support for zooming and panning the video preview window.
  • Added support for using the primary display and secondary window to preview files from the Media Browser.
  • Added support for multitrack cut/copy/paste of clips.
  • Added support for dragging clips from multiple tracks to different tracks.
  • You can now press 0 to zoom out fully when the timeline has focus.
  • Added support for zooming in time until each video thumbnail represents one frame: Alt+0 (Windows) and Option-0 (macOS).
  • The [ and ] keys now move the cursor to the previous/next clip when the timeline has focus.
  • While dragging a clip on the timeline, press and hold Ctrl (Windows) or ⌘ (macOS) to create a copy of the clip where you drop it.
  • Add > Title now creates a title clip at the cursor location on the selected track.
  • Added a Match Timeline Aspect button to the Crop effect to allow you to match a clip's aspect ratio to the output frame aspect from the Timeline Inspector.
  • The selected Video processing device is now used for rendering.
  • The timeline width and height are now used as the canvas size when using Video Generator plug-ins.
  • Added support for opening a clip in a Catalyst Prepare library: in the Clip Inspector, click the name of the library to open the library in Catalyst Prepare and select the clip.
  • Added support for expanding and collapsing sections in the Inspector pane.
  • Improved controls for specifying the position rectangle in the Text, Crop, and Picture in Picture plug-ins.
  • The Snap to: Track/All control is now a Snap to all clips switch. When the switch is enabled, clips, the cursor, and markers will snap to clip edges on any track when you drag them.
  • When using the Fade tool, fade edges now snap to clips, markers, and the cursor.
  • Added automatic project saving. Catalyst Edit saves a backup copy of your project automatically. If Catalyst Edit terminates unexpectedly, the autosaved project will be opened the next time you start.
  • Added support for reading AS-11 DPP clips.
  • Added new low-bit-rate templates for rendering HD AVC/AAC clips.
  • Added new templates for rendering MPEG IMX clips when using XDCAM format.
  • Improved performance when loading projects.
  • Improved performance when using large still images on the timeline.
  • You can now click the Project button and choose a project from the Recent Projects list to quickly open a recently edited project.
  • The Catalyst Edit window configuration is now preserved when you close and reopen the application.
  • The End key now moves the cursor to the mark out time or end of the project. Ctrl+End (Windows) or ⌘-End (macOS) always moves the cursor to the end of the project.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when using an external monitor.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when using the Register Offline method on Windows 7.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when scrolling in the Media Browser.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when browsing to a folder containing some DNxHD clips (macOS only).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when using the Audio mode > Time stretch setting on a clip (Windows only).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash in some cases when changing the zoom level of the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the render process to crash when canceling during XAVC rendering.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented thumbnail images from displaying properly when switching the Media Browser between grid and list view.
  • Fixed a bug that caused clips to be sorted incorrectly in the Media Browser.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio sample rates to be set incorrectly when multiple Catalyst applications were in use.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause video preview and thumbnail display inconsistencies when using an AMD GPU (Windows 10 only).
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent Intel Quick Sync Video from working on some supported systems.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent small clips from being moved without zooming in.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the timeline from scrolling correctly when dragging the play cursor.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause event edges to be adjusted when adjusting fades with the Fade Tool.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Fade in length and Fade out length values in the Clip Inspector from displaying the correct fade length for crossfaded clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent controls in the Inspector from displaying their correct state when adjusting automated video effect parameters.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an error when exporting a project that contained clips from a Catalyst Prepare library with mark in/out points set.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an error and prevent some trimmed or still-image clips from being exported.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause inconsistent behavior when dragging a clip past the visible portion of the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the cursor to be positioned incorrectly when pasting clips with ripple editing on.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause inconsistent behavior when cutting or deleting clips across multiple tracks with ripple editing on.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the application from playing some DNxHD clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause keyframes to be added at the incorrect location after moving a clip.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Catalyst Prepare storyboards from being added as nested timelines when clicking the Add to Timeline button in the Media Browser.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented clips from snapping correctly when dragging multiple clips to a new track.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2015.1.1
  • Extended support beyond 8-bit OpenFX plug-ins.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the application to crash if OpenCL.dll was not present.
    Upgrading Windows 10 can uninstall required OpenCL components. Reinstalling the application will repair the problem in most cases.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented clip thumbnail images from displaying effects settings correctly on the timeline.
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent the Gaussian noise mode of the Add Noise plug-in and the Rotation parameter of the Picture in Picture plug-in from functioning correctly when the Intel HD Graphics device is selected in the Video processing device drop-down list.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Catalyst Edit to crash after dragging a nested timeline to a new track.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Catalyst Edit to become unresponsive after adding a large number of audio clips to the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause clips to be displayed in the incorrect order when viewing a Catalyst Prepare storyboard in the Catalyst Browse Media Browser.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented clip edges from snapping correctly when Edit Streams was enabled.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the cursor to move to the wrong location when manually specifying a timecode value and using 59.94 drop-frame media.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent you from trimming a clip when the cursor was near the edge of the clip.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio waveforms to disappear after editing audio settings in the Clip Inspector.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause image corruption in some rendered XAVC Long clips.
  • Corrected levels in the Test Pattern generator's Color Bars setting.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause project export to fail when using custom channel names in the Channel Assignment section of the Clip Inspector.

Notable fixes/changes in version 2015.1
  • Added support for OpenFX video effects, generators, and transitions, including parameter automation.
  • Added a Relink Project Media dialog to allow you to edit with proxy media or choose a new location when your project's clips have been moved or deleted.
  • Added an Edit Streams mode to allow you to create J and L cuts.
  • Added a Roll Trim tool you can use to trim the edges of two adjacent clips simultaneously.
  • Added an Envelope Tool that you can use to automate clip volume.
  • Added a Rate control to the Clip Inspector to allow you to set the playback rate of each clip to create slow- and fast-motion sequences.
  • Added context menus for easier editing: right-click (Windows) or control-click (macOS) a track or clip to display a context menu.
  • Added support for mark in/out and looped playback in the Catalyst Edit timeline.
  • Added Audio channels controls to the Render Project dialog to allow you to map your project's audio channels to the destination channels in the rendered file.
  • Added 4K presets for rendering to Apple ProRes format (macOS only).
  • Added support for rendering XAVC S files.
  • Added support for reading and rendering uncompressed 10-bit SD MXF clips.
  • Project export improvements:
    • Title clips are now included when exporting your project to Premiere Pro CS6 (multiline text, text angle, text color, background color, and shadow color are supported).
    • Text rotation and outline are now included when exporting your project to Final Cut Pro X.
    • Track gain is now exported as clip gain when exporting your project to Avid Media Composer.
    • Track gain, pan, mute, and solo are now exported when exporting your project to Premiere Pro CS6.
    • Track mute, pan, and solo are now exported when exporting your project to Final Cut Pro X.
    • Nested timelines are now exported to the main timeline when exporting your project to Sony Vegas Pro EDL or Avid Media Composer.
    • Video clip gain is now exported as clip opacity when exporting your project to Sony Vegas Pro EDL and Final Cut Pro X.
    • Audio routing (including timeline channel output and clip channel assignment are now exported when exporting your project to Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer.
    • Audio clip gain and audio track gain are now exported as clip gain when exporting your project to Sony Vegas Pro EDL and Final Cut Pro X.
    • Audio channel routing is now preserved when exporting your project to Sony Vegas Pro EDL and Premiere Pro CS6.
    • Markers are now exported when exporting your project to Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro CS6, and Final Cut Pro X.
    • Clip names are now preserved when exporting your project to Final Cut Pro X.
  • Added support for muting video from tracks.
  • Added support for dragging tracks within the track list to change their order.
  • Added support for rendering only the loop region of the Catalyst Edit timeline.
  • Added support for browsing recently viewed folders in Organize mode.
  • You can now press Ctrl+A (Windows) / ⌘-A (macOS) to select all clips on the timeline.
  • You can now double-click a clip with the Edit, Slip, or Fade tool to select a clip and set the Mark In/Out region to match its length.
  • You can now double-click a fade or crossfade with the Edit, Slip, or Fade tool to select a fade and set the Mark In/Out region to match its length.
  • You can now select a range of adjacent clips to create a nested timeline. When creating a nested timeline from multiple clips, trimmed versions of the source clips are used, and the parent clip cannot be extended beyond the length of the nested timeline.
  • Added a Go to location command to the Tools button in the Media Browser to allow you to navigate to a specific folder quickly.
  • Added a Show in Explorer/Show in Finder command to the Tools button in the Media Browser to allow you to show the selected clip in its containing folder.
  • Time remaining is now displayed during rendering.
  • You can now double-click a Catalyst Edit project file (.ceditproj) in Windows Explorer or Finder to start the application.
  • ProRes render template descriptions now include bit rate information (macOS only).
  • 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 rendering to hang, preventing subsequent renders, if a render job was canceled immediately after starting it (macOS only).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause projects containing nested timelines to render incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause projects containing multiple video tracks to render incorrectly in some cases.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent clips from Catalyst Prepare libraries from loading their default color correction settings.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro card from working correctly.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a gap in the timeline when exporting projects with nested timelines to Avid Media Composer.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause display issues when Windows Snap resized the application (Windows only).
  • Fixed a bug that prevented unsoloed tracks from being muted correctly after opening a project.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented you from typing a path in the Destination folder box in the Render Project dialog.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause clips to be rendered incorrectly on some operating systems other than English, Japanese, or Simplified Chinese.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause display irregularities when zooming with Quantize to frames enabled.
  • Fixed a bug that caused mark in/out points to be discarded in some cases when dragging a clip from Catalyst Prepare to Catalyst Edit.
Notable fixes/changes in version 1.0.2
  • Clips are no longer deleted automatically until you release the mouse when trimming to a zero length with Ripple mode active.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash if the application was closed, opened, and closed again while a render was in progress.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash on some systems when resizing the video preview.
  • Fixed a bug that omitted the Source column from the HTML report when exporting a project.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause title clips to substitute fonts unexpectedly when opening the project on a different computer.
  • Updated the embedded Web browser to support TLS 1.2 encryption.
Notable fixes/changes in version 1.0.1
  • The default audio pan type for new audio channels and tracks is now Constant power.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for editing tools (E, C, P, T, and F) are now available when the timeline has focus. In version 1.0, clip focus was required.
  • Improved playback performance for MPEG-2 clips when using Intel Quick Sync Video decoding.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash if your Catalyst Edit project contained an empty track when you used Project > Export.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when switching the Video processing device setting.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a clip to jump to the beginning of the timeline when dragging it to the end of the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Tools > Replace media with selection to be unavailable for offline clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio-only MP4 files to display the incorrect thumbnail image in the Media Browser.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause spanned clips to display incorrect audio peaks in List mode in the Media Browser.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented you from canceling a render if you closed the application while a render was in progress.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the cursor to be displayed incorrectly when using the Fade Tool.
  • Fixed a bug where moving the application window from a non-Retina screen to a Retina screen did not use Retina resolution for the video until the frame changed.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented clips from being pasted using shortcut keys (Ctrl+V or ⌘-V).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the cursor to be positioned incorrectly when clicking a clip with snapping enabled.
  • 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.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to incorrectly report render failures on some computers (macOS only).
Features in version 1.0
Catalyst Edit is your focused, fast cutting tool for 4K, RAW, and HD video.
  • A robust and powerful workflow for Sony RAW, various 4K formats, as well as SD and HD clips.
  • A workflow that makes it easy for video professionals to deal with multichannel audio and video files.
  • Tight integration with Catalyst Prepare that enables Catalyst Edit to take advantage of all your Catalyst Prepare organization, color adjustments, and storyboarding.
  • Powerful timeline editing tools provide fast and efficient timeline cutting.
3.0 Known Issues
  • When playing 4K clips, the video preview can display irregularities on some systems that do not meet the system requirements for 4K media.
  • The application may fail to start on some notebook computers with the Intel HD Graphics graphics adapter. Please visit https://downloadcenter.intel.com 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: https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/opencl-drivers.
  • If playback is not smooth when previewing high-resolution clips, drag the transport bar to reduce the size of the video preview window and decrease the preview resolution.
  • 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.
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.1.1 or later is required when using an external monitor via a Blackmagic Design SDI or UltraStudio device.
  • On some computers, the application can hang during startup/registration. Updating your graphics driver will allow the application to start normally.
  • Catalyst applications can crash on some Windows 10 systems that include multiple GPUs (one AMD GPU and one Intel or NVIDIA GPU). Please check for updated AMD GPU drivers: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMD-Radeon-Software-Crimson-Edition-16.1-Hotfix-Release-Notes.aspx.
  • Hardware decoding of 10-bit HEVC clips is supported on Intel Skylake U, H, and S processors.
  • On some Windows 7 computers using an AMD Radeon GPU, the application can crash during playback when Secondary window is selected.
  • If you want to reset the applications's preferences to their default values, hold Ctrl+Shift while double-clicking the application icon. When the application starts, you'll be prompted to reset all preferences.
  • Catalyst Edit 2016.2 includes an updated Intel OpenCL driver. Before updating to Catalyst Edit 2016.2, we recommend uninstalling your existing Intel OpenCL driver.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Catalyst Edit:
  • A 64-bit operating system: Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 or macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • 2 GHz multicore processor (8 cores recommended for 4K media)
  • 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 media)
  • 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 media) 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 Edit to your computer.
 
Installing on Windows
  1. Download the provided Catalyst Edit install utility.
  2. Double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of Catalyst Edit for your computer. 
Installing on macOS
  1. Download the provided Catalyst Edit DMG file.
  2. Double-click the downloaded .dmg file.
  3. Drag the Catalyst Edit 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