Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
 
Catalyst Edit™
August 2018
 
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 2018.2
  • Added support for DXVA2 decoding of AVC/H.264 clips on NVIDIA GPUs that utilize DXVA2 decoding. Supported computers will see improved processing performance for decoding AVC/H.264 video files.
  • Right-clicking a marker now displays the Marker popup.
  • The Waveform/Histogram/Vectorscope monitors now stack vertically in the Video window when using Split or 2 Up preview mode.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when opening XAVC Intra clips with 24- or 32-channel audio.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when reading some AVC clips with malformed metadata.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when using an Intel video processing device.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Catalyst Render Process to remain running in the background, preventing further render operations, after canceling an XDCAM IMX render.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to open the previously opened project when double-clicking a project file.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the S and Ctrl+B shortcuts from splitting clips in some cases.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent a video plug in color picker from sampling red.
  • Fixed a display inconsistency that could occur when adjusting positioning controls in video effects.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the marker name from being copied in the Marker popup in some cases (macOS only).
  • Fixed a bug that prevented you from copying and pasting video effect position rectangles between clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could result in inconsistent scrolling in the Audio channels section of the Render Project dialog.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio distortion in clips with 24-bit, big-endian format audio.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause incorrect color management for non-RAW video files that indicate linear gamma.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent some plug-ins from recognizing a comma as a decimal separator in localized versions of the application.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Mute button on a track to be deselected after clicking the Solo button.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the Project menu from displaying correctly when the secondary preview window was enabled (macOS only).
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the loop bar from being displayed when double-clicking some long clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the timeline to scroll unexpectedly in some cases after scrolling and zooming.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent you from adjusting clip fades after changing the rate of the clip in some cases.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2018.1
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash or display distorted video when the Picture-in-Picture effect is applied to a track.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause excessive memory usage when playing some MP4 clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause poor video performance when scrubbing the timeline or using hover scrub in the Media Browser, especially with interlaced media.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause some H.264 .mov clips to play at an accelerated rate.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent clips from being deleted from the timeline after adding multiple instances of a clip.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a gap at the start of the timeline after dragging a clip.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the incorrect aspect ratio to be applied when previewing SD MXF clips with the Video processing device set to CPU.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause color variations in MPEG2 clips when the Video processing device was set to CPU or a GPU.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause markers to disappear after dragging them.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2017.3
  • Added support for sharing clips via YouTube.
  • Added support for macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when rendering a project with a very short clip on the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when rendering on some macOS computers.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to hang during startup on some macOS computers with Iris Pro Graphics.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a soloed track to continue to mute other tracks after deleting the track.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Feather setting from being applied correctly when using the Cookie Cutter video effect on macOS when the Video processing device drop-down was set to CPU.
  • Fixed a bug that caused relinking project media to fail when selecting a folder (Windows only).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause multi-input video effects to scale their output incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the Scale setting from persisting correctly in the Vectorscope Settings menu.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the application from reading .mts files with AC-3 audio.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the Zoom slider from responding smoothly when zooming the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause black frames to be displayed when playing some H.264/AVC MP4 clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause some AVCHD clips to play incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause rendering to fail in some cases when rendering multiple queued clips.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Browse button in the Export Project dialog from opening the path displayed in the Destination folder box.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2017.2.1
  • Fixed a bug that prevented interlaced clips from displaying correctly when played on an external video monitor via SDI.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a delay when previewing clips on an external video monitor via SDI.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2017.2
  • Added high-quality deinterlacing and upscaling to convert SD and HD sources to modern progressive HD and UHD assets. High-quality deinterlacing and upscaling are available when you select a video processing device other than your CPU in the application settings dialog.
    • High-quality deinterlacing is applied to interlaced source media when playback is paused and during transcoding.
    • High-quality upscaling is applied during playback when the timeline resolution is set to an HD or UHD resolution and during transcoding when you choose an HD or UHD render preset.
  • Added support for multi-input OpenFX video effects.
  • When you're editing video effects, a control point is displayed in the video preview when you select a position parameter in the Inspector. You can adjust the parameter's position by dragging the control point in the video preview or the Inspector.
  • Added an Overlay toggle control to the Inspector to allow you to show or hide a plug-in's interactive overlay controls in the video preview (when available).
  • Added support for using Final Cut Pro X keyboard shortcuts.
  • The Relink Project Media dialog now fully supports media from Catalyst Prepare libraries.
  • Improved playback performance for XDCAM and XAVC clips when using a system without a dedicated OpenCL GPU.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when opening some OpenEXR clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio synchronization issues during playback in some cases.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause blank video and audio streams to be rendered when transcoding MPEG source clips.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Marker popup to open inconsistently when selecting markers on the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the cursor from snapping to the play cursor when trimming near the edges of events.
  • Fixed a bug that could allow the split bar to move unpredictably when using split-screen previews and zooming on the video preview.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause playback to hang during looped playback.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2017.1
  • Added support for Rec.2020/S-Log3 (HDR) grading color space (Inspector > Timeline > Grade in).
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when adjusting OpenFX plug-in parameters.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when creating or opening a project after adding video plug-ins to the current project (Windows only).
  • Fixed a bug that caused color adjustments to be applied after the Look profile setting (when Grade in is set to Log) or after the RRT/ODT (when Grade in is set to ACES). Color adjustments are now correctly applied before the Look profile or RRT/ODT.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Clip Inspector from displaying subclip names for clips from a Catalyst Prepare library.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the application from reading ProRes 422 files created by the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ recorder.
Notable fixes/changes in version 2016.3
  • Added support for reading alpha transparency in ProRes clips.
  • 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.
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.
  • Attempting to preview a clip with a backslash (\) in the file name will result in a "The media is offline, missing, or unsupported" error message (macOS only).
  • Some computers running macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) may experience visual inconsistencies, hangs, or crashes when previewing clips with the secondary window enabled.
  • If you notice corrupted video preview or decreased playback performance on macOS High Sierra (10.13), please install the latest High Sierra update to ensure your system is using the latest graphics drivers.
  • When transcoding to XAVC Intra, XAVC Long, and XAVC S formats, some Windows PCs may produce an error. Running Windows Update or installing the Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable manually will resolve the issue.
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, Windows 10, or Windows 10 Creators Update or macOS 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), or 10.13 (High Sierra)
  • 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 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. OpenGL 2.1 is recommended for optimum performance.

    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 https://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/support/custserv.asp.
 
Technical Support
For a detailed list of Technical Support options, we encourage you to visit https://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/support/default.asp.