Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
Catalyst Prepare™
June 2015
This document contains information on the following topics:
1.0 Welcome
Thank you for purchasing Catalyst Prepare. This document contains information about installing and using Catalyst Prepare
2.0 What's New
Notable fixes/changes in version 2.0.1
  • 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 choosing a workspace when using the Upload to Ci feature (Options > Share to Ci). Previous versions of Catalyst Prepare selected your first workspace by default; if that workspace was too small, uploading was not permitted.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash if you used the New Folder button in the Export To dialog and selected the new folder as your export destination (OS X only).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when switching the Video processing device setting.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when playing ProRes clips and switching between Organize and Export modes (OS X only).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash in Import mode when adding or removing volumes.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when connecting to a network drive via the OS X Finder.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash if a clip was deleted via Windows Explorer or OS X Finder while it was selected in the application.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause backups to fail when attempting to create multiple backups concurrently.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause 4K clips shot on the Sony F5 camera to incorrectly display an error icon in Catalyst Prepare.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause thumbnail images to disappear in Import mode when creating a new library or changing libraries.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Channel Assignment section of the Inspector Summary tab to be blank when viewing clips that were added via the Add existing folder commmand.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Split-Screen Preview button in the Adjust Color workspace to display a setting that did not match the current preview.
  • 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 (OS X only).
Notable fixes/changes in version 2.0
  • Added presets for exporting Apple ProRes clips (OS X only).
  • Added support for XDCAM PD proxy files when browsing PDW-700, PDW-800, and PDW-850 flash memory.
  • 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.
  • Added audio channel configuration controls to the Summary tab in the Inspector.
  • Added audio channel tools to the Summary tab in the Inspector to allow you to load and save channel-configuration presets or copy channel assignments and paste them to multiple selected files.
  • Thumbnail images now reflect color correction settings.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to crash when canceling an import operation.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the application to freeze when exporting a storyboard to Adobe Premiere on a computer with a French or German operating system.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause transcoding to fail when the source media resolution did not match the target resolution.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause incorrect timecode values when transcoding an SD clip to an HD format.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some unsupported files from displaying their unsupported status correctly in the Video Preview (OS X only).
  • 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.
  • Improved image quality for files transcoded to XAVC format.
  • Catalyst Prepare 2.0 is a free upgrade to owners of Catalyst Prepare. If you purchased and registered any previous version of Catalyst Prepare, a new Catalyst Prepare 2.0 serial number will be created in your My Account profile on

    For online registration, just log in on the registration web page after starting Catalyst Prepare 2.0, and the serial number will be preselected for you.

    For offline registration, log in to the web site from another device and find your serial number ( 

    Version 2.0 serial numbers will also be provided to registered owners via e-mail.
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 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.
  • 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.
  • Transcoding performance can be slow when transcoding to an exFAT-formatted SxS card on Windows.
  • When exporting a storyboard, the Destination folder exports to your Home folder by default, resulting in a failed export. Choosing a different folder will allow the export to complete successfully (OS X only).
  • In some cases, metadata and mark in/out points that were edited in Catalyst Browse are not preserved after importing an XDCAM clip into Catalyst Prepare.
  • If you add a .cube file to the Catalyst Prepare ColorManagement/Looks folder or rename a file in that folder, your Catalyst Prepare library may apply the incorrect look to some of your clips.
  • If you close the application while a render is in progress, you will be unable to cancel the render.
  • In some cases, the application can crash if you edit a storyboard before the storyboard has finished loading.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Catalyst Prepare:
  • Microsoft® Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 (64-bit) or Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • 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 Prepare 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 Prepare for your computer. 
Installing on OS X
  1. Download the Catalyst Prepare 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:
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Customer Service/Sales:
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Telephone support during normal office hours:
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  • +608-203-7620 for all other countries.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
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