Catalyst Browse is part of an all-new, cross-platform family of media preparation products from Sony. It's a powerful clip management tool which will eventually replace Content Browser and RAW Viewer. While there are many new features, not all have been duplicated. If you require certain functions or formats not yet supported by Catalyst Browse, you may want to continue using your current software. The charts below highlight the features of Catalyst Browse versus Content Browser and RAW Viewer.
Feature Catalyst Browse Content Browser RAW Viewer
XAVC (Intra)
XAVC (Long)
XAVC Proxy
Transcode between in and out points
Open EXR
ProRes (Mac Only)
XAVC (Intra)
H.264 (plugin)
BWF (Audio)
Video Playback
Audio Playback
Viewing options: Speed, Quality, All-Frames
Preview Zoom
VTR Playback mode
Proxy W/F (High-res, Proxy preview mode change)
Clip Management
Copy clips
Partial copy ✓ (MXF/EX) ✓ (MXF/EX)
Search clips
Salvage clips ✓ (AXS Mem only)
Stand-alone MXF file support
Sending clips or EDL back to device.
Rename clips
EDL (XDCAM Clip List) Editing ✓ (XDCAM/XAVC/RAW) ✓ (XDCAM)
Partial copy based on Clip List
Proxy W/F (offline media)
EDL (CMX3600) Import
Import into Apple FCP
Single Window Simple GUI
Activity panel (background copy & transcoding)
Zoom control in color workspace
High DPI support on Windows
Color Grading
Color preset load/save
Vector Scope
Waveform monitor
Color Correction Undo/Redo
Sony Device Color Space Controls (S-Log, S-Gamut)
High quality Sony RAW development
3-Way Color Wheels Grading
RGB Mixer Grading
Curves Grading
Import and Export ASC-CDL
1D LUT Import / Export
3D LUT Import / Export
1.3x and 2.0x anamorphic viewing
Look template save/load
Live grading w/ HDLink
HD-SDI output
Tangent Devices Support (Tk/Mf/Kb/Wave)
Metadata: View and Edit ✓ (View only)
Planning Metadata (read)
Edit metadata on Professional Disc
Export Cooke lens metadata
Shot Mark editing
NXCAM Features
AVCHD, DV mode support
MPEG SD support
GPS support
Combine 2GB chunked files
Combine relay rec clips
AVCHD Write-back to media
Login and upload to Ci, the video cloud service by Sony
Flashband correction
SxS Formatting (UDF/FAT)
Finalization for QL-Disc
CIFS connection for XDCAM/XDS
FTP connection for XDCAM/XDS
Capture still image
Change index picture

Catalyst Browse system requirements

  • A 64-bit operating system: Microsoft® Windows 10 or Windows 11; macOS 11 (Big Sur)*, 12 (Monterey)*, or 13 (Ventura)*
  • 2 GHz multicore processor
    • An 8-core processor is recommended for 4K media
    • An Ivy Bridge Core i7 with Quick Sync Video or Xeon E5 processor is recommended for XAVC S media
    • A Kaby Lake Core i7 processor with Quick Sync Video is recommended for 4:2:0 XAVC HS media and required for 8k media
    • An Ice Lake Core i7 processor with Quick Sync Video is recommended for 4:2:2 XAVC HS media and required for 8k media
  • 500 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • Solid-state disk (SSD) or high-speed RAID for 4K or larger media
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended for 4K or larger media)

    The XAVC Long 422 3840x2160 200 Mbps (Sony) transcoding presets require 16 GB or more RAM. If you're using a dedicated GPU, the presets also require 4 GB or more GPU memory.

  • NVIDIA, AMD/ATI, or Intel GPU with support for OpenCL 1.1 or later with at least 1024 MB of memory or a CPU with SSE 4.2 or higher
    • OpenGL 2.1 is recommended for optimum performance
    • OpenGL 4.1 is required for video stabilization/lens breathing compensation
    • 2 GB GPU memory is recommended for 4K preview, HD rendering, or HD video stabilization/lens breathing compensation
    • 6 GB of GPU memory is recommended for decoding XAVC S or XAVC HS media, and we recommend using the latest GPU driver version from NVIDIA, AMD/ATI, or Intel. macOS provides software decoding of XAVC S or XAVC HS media.
    • 6 GB GPU memory is recommended for 4K rendering
    • 8 GB GPU memory is recommended for 8K rendering or 4K video stabilization/lens breathing compensation
    • 10 GB GPU memory is recommended for 8K video stabilization/lens breathing compensation

  • You must provide registration information to Sony Creative Software Inc., a US company, in order to activate the software. Product requires online registration.
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