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Oct. 5, 2016

Sony Announces Update to Catalyst Product Family

Middleton, WIS — Sony Creative Software, a leading global provider of professional media production applications, has announced the availability of the latest update to the Catalyst family of products, which includes Catalyst Browse 2016.2, Catalyst Prepare 2016.2, and Catalyst Edit 2016.2.

From their inception, these three products have provided users with a streamlined path from camera to post across both the Mac and Windows platforms, becoming indispensable tools in the arsenals of Digital Imaging Technicians (DITs) and filmmakers alike. Catalyst Browse is a powerful clip-management utility designed specifically to support the full range of Sony professional cameras and decks. Catalyst Prepare offers expanded device support, along with robust clip organization and backup tools, precise color monitoring and per-clip color correction, extensive metadata support, and interoperability with third-party video-editing applications. Catalyst Edit delivers a fast, focused editing environment for 4K, RAW, and HD video.

“The Catalyst software line has always evolved relative to our users’ needs, and that trend continues with this latest update,” said Brian Orr, Head of Sony North America Professional Engineering. “All three applications feature enhanced file format support for ingest, playback, and transcoding and provide solutions to common production challenges while maintaining the fast, straightforward workflow our users have come to expect.”

These updates improve and expand the Catalyst product family’s already powerful organizational and corrective tools, empowering users to quickly and confidently transition from shooting to post-production.

New in Catalyst Browse 2016.2:

  • Added new Copy and Export panes to streamline the media-management process.
  • Improved file support, including ProRes, XAVC S, MXF, QFHD and 4K XAVC Intra Class 480 clips.
  • Native read support for ProRes clips on Windows.
  • Search for clips directly from the Media Browser.
  • Mark In/Out points directly from the Summary tab of the Inspector, and quickly see the marked region on clip thumbnails.
  • Synchronize MXF clips from multiple cameras.
  • Copy files between two separate Optical Disc Archive drives.

New in Catalyst Prepare 2016.2:

  • Improved file support, including ProRes, XAVC S, DPX image sequences, MXF, QFHD and 4K XAVC Intra Class 480 clips.
  • Native read support for ProRes clips on Windows.
  • Search for clips directly from the Media Browser.
  • Export project bins to Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.
  • Synchronize clips from multiple cameras.
  • Support for viewing and editing clip lists.
  • Automatically repair flash bands while transcoding.

New in Catalyst Edit 2016.2:

  • Native read support for ProRes clips on Windows.
  • Improved playback and rendering performance when using multiple OpenFX plug-ins.
  • Improved application stability.
  • Significant improvements to project rendering.

Price and Availability

Both products are available exclusively under a subscription licensing model, bringing users significant new features at a rapid pace and with a lower cost than the standard 12-18 month major perpetual license upgrade cycle previously common in the industry.

Catalyst Browse is available as a free download. Catalyst Prepare is $14.95 monthly or $149.95 annually. Catalyst Production Suite, which comprises Catalyst Prepare and Catalyst Edit, is $21.95 monthly or $199.95 annually. More information is available at

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