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XDCAM formats
XAVC Intra
XAVC Long 422 3840x2160 200 Mbps export
XAVC S Intra and Long 422 10-bit export (MP4)
XAVC Intra 422 10-bit export (MXF)
Sony RAW
XAVC HS (read only)
DPX export
DPX read
OpenEXR export
OpenEXR read
ProRes (read only on Windows; read/export on macOS)
WAV (export only)
MP3 (export only)
View/edit clip lists
Storyboard creation
Subclip creation
Organize clips using libraries
Media bins
Create clip catalogs
(3 clips max)
Copy clips with checksum verification
Copy between mark in/out

(Any file)*
Batch renaming with prefix, numbering, and suffix
Manage audio channels in multichannel audio files
Drag and drop to copy between folders (and bins in Prepare)
Batch transcode
(if same source settings)
Transcode between in and out points
Export with color settings
Load, save, and delete transcoding presets
Convert SD and HD sources to modern progressive HD and UHD assets
Burn in clip names, timecode, and watermarks
Export storyboard as EDL (Catalyst Edit, Vegas, Final Cut, Premiere)
Map audio channels during export
Transcode using proxy as source clip
Override start timecode during copy/export
Crop aspect ratio during export
Transcode DPX to other formats
Transcode OpenEXR to other formats
Convert segmented body partitions for XDCAM
Full-volume backup with checksum verification
Upload original clips to Ci
Upload clips to Ci in a transcoded format
Upload clips to Ci with color settings
Upload clips to Ci with burned-in timecode and/or clip name
Upload clips to YouTube
Color Grading
Global color adjustments
Per-clip color adjustments
Batch apply color presets and looks to a selection of clips
Sony device color space controls (S-Log & S-Gamut)
Support for reading and rendering HDR color spaces (S-Log3, HLG, and PQ) 
Read SR Live settings from clip metadata and use clip settings or manual adjustments to convert between standard- and high-dynamic range content.
SDR gain: convert between standard- and high-dynamic-range content
Automatically apply LUT and EI metadata for HDR to SDR conversion
SDR knee curve: preserve midrange colors and highlights when exporting HDR content to an SDR format or displaying on an SDR display
SDR knee saturation: compensate for decreased saturation around the knee curve when exporting HDR content to an SDR format or displaying on an SDR display
SDR black level: adjust black levels when the working color space is set to Rec.2020/S-Log3 (HDR)
Apply ASC-CDL to a selection of clips
High-quality Sony RAW development
Three-wheel color grading
Curves grading
Import ASC-CDL (.cdl) color correction settings
Export color correction settings as ASC-CDL (.cdl) or 3D LUT (.3dl or .cube)
Tangent device support (Tk/Mf/Kb/Wave)
Stabilize clips using metadata
Batch encoding in the Stabilize Clip workspace
Compensate for lens breathing using metadata
Manually adjust lens breathing
Support clip rotation metadata
External monitor via Blackmagic Design
(1 device)

(2 devices)
Stitch multiple clips to create a single continuous clip
Anamorphic desqueeze
Flash band correction
Export custom metadata as a sidecar file
Add, delete, or edit essence marks in MXF clips
Read mark in/out points from MXF metadata
Create non-realtime (NRT) metadata for discontinuous timecode and essence marks when creating new NRT metadata during MXF copy
Synchronize mark points between source clip and library
Read and export clips on FTP devices
Fast device-to-device copy between Sony devices via FTP
Copy clips between Sony and non-Sony FTP devices.
Copy growing MXF files via FTP/FTPS from Sony decks
Close growing MXF files generated by Sony decks
Write, rename, and delete clips to SxS media and USB storage via FTP on the PZW-4000
Format USB drives for the Sony PZW-4000 deck
Create the XDROOT folder on USB drives or SxS media
Interoperability with Catalyst Edit
Drag and drop to Catalyst Edit timeline
GPS metadata
GPS metadata map display
Display OK/NG/KEEP metadata flag; sort and filter by flag

*Partial copy in Prepare requires transcode for some formats

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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