Catalyst Prepare 2018 WINMAC
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Catalyst Prepare 2018 updated on Nov. 19, 2018

 
 
 

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Catalyst Prepare 2018.2

Notable fixes/changes in version 2018.2
  • Added XAVC Long 422 3840x2160 200 Mbps (Sony) transcoding presets. Please note that these new presets require 16 GB or more RAM. If you're using a dedicated GPU, the presets also require 4 GB or more GPU memory.
  • Added an SDR knee switch in Application Settings. When the switch is selected, you can use the Point, Slope, and Level controls to apply a knee curve that can help preserve midrange colors and highlights when exporting HDR content to an SDR format or displaying on an SDR display.
  • Added support for multiple external monitors: if you have a Blackmagic Design device that supports multiple displays (or have multiple Blackmagic Design devices), you can enable two external monitors, allowing you to monitor SDR and HDR output simultaneously.
    • You can set the display resolution for each display independently.
    • The first external monitor will use the External monitor color space setting, and the second external monitor will use the Preview color space setting.
  • The waveform and histogram monitors now display full-range (-7.3% to 109.1%) rather than clipping at 0% and 100%. Areas outside 0-100% are shaded in the histogram monitor. Full-range color is also supported for external-monitor preview and rendering with HDR to Rec.709/Rec.2020.
  • Added a Create Sony Professional Disc partitions check box in the Copy pane to enable copying XDCAM files with segmented body partitions.
  • Added a Create segmented body partitions check box in the Copy pane to enable copying XAVC Intra and XAVC Long files with segmented body partitions.
    NOTE: Files created with segmented body partitions may not be recognized properly by some Sony camcorders, decks, or servers.
  • Added support for displaying the MXF Partition Style (Single Body Partition or Segmented Body Partition) in the Inspector pane (Inspector > Metadata > File > Media).
  • Added support for deleting all mark points in a clip (Metadata > Mark Points > Delete > Delete All).
  • Added a Protocol drop-down list in the Add Remote Server dialog to allow you to choose FTPS (Explicit) or FTP.
  • 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.
  • Improved playback performance for XAVC Long 422 clips with resolution of QFHD or higher and frame rates of 50p or higher when you set the playback settings to Speed/Real Time. In this mode, frames will be skipped if needed to preserve the frame rate.
  • XAVC clips rendered using the MainConcept encoder now correctly preserve HLG and PQ metadata in the video stream.
  • Added support for displaying Cinematone 1 or Cinematone 2 in the Capture gamma equation metadata field.
  • Settings for Audio channels controls in the Export pane are now saved in transcode presets.
  • Removed the Save settings switch in Transcode Tools.
  • Improved performance for FTP devices by turning off thumbnail image loading.
  • Various enhancements and bug fixes. For a complete listing, see the release notes.

Catalyst Prepare 2018.1

Notable fixes/changes in version 2018.1
  • Added a Create Sony Professional Disc partitions check box in the Export pane to enable rendering XAVC Intra, XAVC Long, and XDCAM files with multiple body partitions.
    NOTE: Files created with multiple body partitions may not be recognized properly by some Sony camcorders, decks, or servers.
  • Improved color-management workflow for choosing color spaces, applying color adjustments, and transcoding clips with color adjustments.
  • The Transcode Tools menu in the Export pane now allows you to load, save, and delete transcoding presets.
  • Added support for mapping audio channels during transcoding.
  • Added support for adding a watermark image during transcoding.
  • Changed the Allow timecode in letterbox/pillarbox area check box to Allow burn in within letterbox/pillarbox area to allow the timecode and clip name to be burned into the letterbox/pillarbox area of transcoded files. When the check box is cleared, burned-in timecode and clip names will be limited to the source frame area.
  • Saved transcoding settings are now applied when transcoding clips, EDLs, and storyboards or repairing flashbands.
  • The Save settings switch in Transcode Tools is now on by default.
  • Added support for expanding and collapsing the Favorite Folders, Devices, Recent, Bins, and Storyboards headings in Organize mode and in file-browse dialogs.
  • Improved the accuracy of the remaining time estimate when copying clips.
  • Improved clip numbering when using the Rename files check box in the Copy and Export panes: the clip number is now reset when you choose a different output destination or choose a different setting from the Numbering drop-down list.
  • Improved performance when playing back some AVC clips (macOS only).
  • Combined the Username/Email and Domain login methods when uploading to Sony Ci.
  • Various enhancements and bug fixes. For a complete listing, see the release notes.

Catalyst Prepare 2017.3

Notable fixes/changes in version 2017.3
  • Added support for transcoding to Rec.2020/HLG XAVC S format.
  • Added an adjustable Gain slider when the SDR gain switch in Application Settings is selected.
  • Added Rec.2020/HLG (bypass OOTF) and Rec.2020/PQ (bypass OOTF) display and output color spaces for a consistent look when grading using the S-Log3(HDR) EOTF on the Sony BVM-X300 monitor.
  • Added a Transcode Tools menu in the Export pane to allow you to save a set of default transcoding settings.
  • Added support for reading clips from the AXS-AR1 Thunderbolt card reader (macOS only).
  • Added support for adjusting the Exposure index value for clips with an ISO value of 10,000 or greater.
  • Added an Allow timecode in letterbox/pillarbox area check box to allow timecode to be placed in the letterbox/pillarbox area of transcoded files when the Burn in timecode check box is selected. When the check box is cleared, burned-in timecode will be limited to the source frame area.
  • Added support for macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).
  • Improved performance when displaying thumbnail images from Professional Disc volumes.
  • When transcoding files, a prompt is now displayed to allow you to choose whether to keep or overwrite files when exporting to a file name that already exists. If you choose to keep the existing files, a number is appended to the name of the exported file.
  • In Adjust Color mode, the Inspector now displays a notification when the source color space does not match the selected media.
  • Improved the layout of the application window when using the color wheels and scopes in Adjust Color mode.
  • Improved support for reading ISO sensitivity metadata from some Sony cameras.
  • Improved the login method for logging in to Sony Ci via the Share pane: you can now choose to log in with a username and email or a contributor code.
  • After uploading clips to YouTube, the Activity Pane at the top of the Catalyst Prepare window now displays links to the published clips.
  • Various enhancements and bug fixes. For a complete listing, see the release notes.

Catalyst Prepare 2017.2.1

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.

Catalyst Prepare 2017.2

Notable fixes/changes in version 2017.2
  • Improved playback performance for XDCAM and XAVC clips when using a system without a dedicated OpenCL GPU.
  • General performance improvement when reading clips.
  • Improved video quality when transcoding XAVC Intra HDR HD/2K clips.
  • Added support for reading and transcoding Rec.709/HLG clips in both Rec.709 and Rec.2020/S-Log3 (HDR) grading color spaces.
  • Added an SDR gain switch in Application Settings to convert between standard- and high-dynamic-range content. When the switch is enabled, a linear gain of +6 dB (2.0x) is applied when reading SDR content, and a linear gain of -6 dB (0.5x) is applied when exporting to an SDR format or displaying on an SDR display.
  • Added support for transcoding Rec.709 and Rec.2020 SDR content to Rec.2020/S-Log3 (HDR).
  • Added a Waveform Settings menu to allow you to change the scale of the waveform monitor to use nits instead of percent when grading HDR clips.
  • 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, during transcoding, and during playback when the Playback Settings Speed/Quality setting is set to Quality.
    • High-quality upscaling is applied during transcoding when you choose an HD or UHD render preset. Fixed a bug that could cause a delay before the Export button could be clicked when browsing folders with large numbers of clips.
  • Added support for uploading multiple selected files to YouTube.
  • Added a Folder setting to the Add Remote Server dialog to allow you to set the initial folder when connecting to a device via FTP.
  • Added support for uploading to Ci using a contributor code in the Username/Email box.
  • When exporting storyboards, the Include and Output color space drop-down settings are now available when using the Render storyboard as single file setting.
  • The Loop Playback setting and Speed/Quality and Real Time/All Frames settings in the Playback Settings menu are now preserved when you close and restart the application.
  • Various enhancements and bug fixes. For a complete listing, see the release notes.

Catalyst Prepare 2017.1

Notable fixes/changes in version 2017.1
  • Added support for grading in the Rec.2020/S-Log3 (HDR) color space
  • Added support for reading OpenEXR image sequences and transcoding OpenEXR image sequences to other video formats.
  • Added support for sharing clips via YouTube.
  • Added support for connecting to FTP devices by fully qualified domain name.
  • Added support for reading fragmented MP4 files created by the Sony PWS-100TD1.
  • Added support for reading files using the .mpeg file extension.
  • Improved time-remaining estimates when uploading multiple clips to Sony Ci using the Share pane.
  • Various enhancements and bug fixes. For a complete listing, see the release notes.
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