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Designed to get the organizational part of the process out of the way first, Sony's Catalyst Prepare can be thought of as pre-postproduction software. It allows you to offload and backup footage from camera media, organize files, apply non-destructive color correction, do basic editing, create storyboards, and more.
Catalyst Prepare supports files from a range of cameras, including models from Sony, Canon, GoPro, and works at resolutions up to 4K. Once the rough cut is ready, files can be exported in a range of NLE-friendly codecs or uploaded directly to Sony's Ci Media Cloud Services for remote collaboration. Catalyst Prepare 2016 adds about a dozen important new features, such as Rec. 2020 and FTP support, additional transcode options, and improved proxy workflow.
New in Catalyst Prepare 2016
Support for Rec. 2020 color space
Full screen secondary preview window for multiple monitor setups
Burn-in timecode and clip name
Additional transcode options (including settings for crop, flip and mirror, anamorphic stretch, clip padding, encoding mode, ignore mark points)
Relink offline or missing files in library
Consolidate library into a single folder for easy sharing and collaboration
Export bins as folders to bring your library organization into other post-production tools
Quickly save snapshots of frames in JPEG, BMP, and PNG formats
Improved proxy workflow allows viewing of proxy clips and copying proxy clips only
Improved performance for Sony Optical Disc Archive (ODA) and XDCAM Discs
Import video files from connected cameras, decks, and card readers. View clips as thumbnails, or as lists with associated metadata.
Accurate Copy and Backup
Copy a single clip, a portion of a clip, a group of clips, or an entire volume to local or network storage locations, with checksum and hash verification applied on transfer.
Native File Support
Catalyst Prepare natively supports Sony professional formats such as XDCAM SD and HD, XDCAM EX, XAVC-Intra, XAVC Long-GOP, XAVC S, NXCAM, Sony Raw, HDCAM SR (SStP), AVCHD, AVC H.264/MPEG-4, DNxHD, HDV, and DV. All formats can be mixed and matched when building a storyboard.
Catalyst Prepare supports files with up to 16 channels of audio.
Mark in and out points during playback or scrub the timeline and log marker points to focus on the important part of the clip. Create subclips to capture sections of a longer clip.
Catalyst Prepare allows you to arrange media into project-specific libraries and folders, create subclips, and more.
Use Existing Media
Access existing media drives directly in Catalyst Prepare; simply add their folders to your library and start leveraging the organization, editing, and export benefits right away without having to import.
Deliver only material of interest and apply a meaningful name for the editing stage.
Upload to Ci Workspace
Securely upload assets to the Ci Workspace and instantly connect your team to your media files. Ci offers tailored online apps so your team can review, annotate, and collaborate on media files across multiple locations in real time.
View and Edit Metadata
View the file and camera metadata for your clips and add additional metadata such as Status, Title, Creator, and Description to further annotate the files. You can also view in/out points to locate areas of interest in the file.
Create a Storyboard/Rough Cut
Use the storyboard editor to sequence and edit a rough cut, then render the storyboard or export it to a variety of NLEs.
Precise media and metadata editing, non-destructive color adjustment, storyboarding.
Work in the same Ultra-Wide Color Gamut supported by Sony cameras such as the F5/F55. Set the source color space and the grade color space independently. Review the full range of color captured by S-Log and Raw on Sony cameras. Use the brightness, contrast, tone curves, color wheels, and color correction sliders to adjust color while viewing the waveform, vectorscope, and histogram displays. You can transcode your files with the color adjustments, or save the settings as standard ASC-CDL to apply later in the finishing session.
Support for Tangent Control Panels
Use optional Tangent Wave or Element surface control devices to adjust color settings. These devices provide dedicated hardware controls for fluid adjustment of RGB, Lift, Gamma, and Gain.
Logging and Simple Editing
Edit mode enables additional logging, adjusting of in/out points, creation of subclips, and first-pass color correction.
Transcode or Copy
Transcode to a wide variety of formats, including AVC/AAC (.mp4), DPX, ProRes (Mac only), DNxHD, or XAVC, with a variety of frame rates and resolutions. Presets are available ranging from Internet- and tablet-focused delivery, to large-screen 4K displays. Transcode files while maintaining copies of the originals. You can choose to include color adjustments if desired, and select output color space in the transcode process.
View and edit files, apply color correction and more, all while rendering, copying, and exporting media in the background.
Export to NLE
Export proxy, intermediate/mezzanine, or full resolution files or subclips suitable for various NLEs. A storyboard can be exported as a single media file with the option to include the color look, and uploaded to the Sony Media Cloud Services Ci Workspace, or exported as an NLE-specific EDL-with-media to the finishing editor. Supported NLEs include Vegas Pro, AVID Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve (via the FCP XML format).