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Ian Cook
New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Sep 30, 2014 at 6:21:51 pm
Last Edited By Ian Cook on Dec 22, 2014 at 6:45:35 pm

As some of you may have seen we are announcing the release of some new applications for our file based cameras. These applications will eventually replace the existing Content Browser, Raw Viewer and SR Viewer applications.

The applications are Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Prepare.

Catalyst Browse is free, available now and and offers the following:

-Browsing/viewing (with support for zooming, anamorphic, full screen, audio meters and channel routing)
-Copy/delete
-Transcode to XAVC, H.264, Pro Res (Mac Only), DPX, Open EXR
-Storyboard creation for XDCAM, XAVC, RAW
-Color correction in Rec 709 or S-Log; Video scopes; multiple view patterns (split, side by side, before/after); LUT management/export
-SDI out to external monitors, selectable HD/2k/QFHD/4k
-Direct upload to Sony CI

Catalyst Prepare
will be 199.95 or 50% off for anyone who purchased a Content Browser 2 license. Prepare will add the following:

-MD5 checksumming and additional verification modes
-copy to multiple destinations simultaneously (v 1.1)
-EDL/XML and rendered storyboard export (h.264)
-open format support for GoPro, Canon and other cameras (list TBD)
-Conversion to DnX and rewrapped QT (1.1)
-TC burn and Clip List export to document file

Browse, Prepare and Content Browser can co-exist on the same system. If there are features not in the current versions you can continue to use Content Browser.

Additional features are under discussion. Prepare is still a month away from release but Browse is available now at http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/catalystbrowse . More info on the Catalyst series can be found at http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/catalyst.

We are extremely happy with these new applications. Please discuss, share feedback and otherwise let me know how you like the UI and overall workflow.

Cheers and thanks as always for supporting Sony..

Ian Cook
Sony Broadcast and Professional Services


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Ian Cook
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Sep 30, 2014 at 8:30:39 pm

And of course: Features, pricing and release schedule are subject to change. Thanks..


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Bill Griffin
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 1, 2014 at 3:52:10 pm

Hello Ian,

Last night and this morning I have messing around with the "new" program....and I have 2 questions:

1. on the MAC side, your saying that I can trans code a normal xdcam ex file into a Apple Pro Res file....any pro res file as in 442 or 444?

2. on the PC side, I trans code alott of files from raw xdcam into .MXF files for editors who use Adobe...I don't see the .MXF extention in the transcode pull down memu...is it named something else?

also, a side note the first time I used the program on my MAC(2013 MBP, i-7, 8gig ram, 750GB drive)....the whole system locked up. I rebooted and now it works just fine.

Bill Griffin
HD Cameraman
972-475-6870
http://www.dallascamguy.com
Dallas, Texas USA


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Ian Cook
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 1, 2014 at 4:09:10 pm

Thanks for the early feedback. Currently no .MXF rewrap option but that is on the list. That would only be for rewrapping EX files like we do in Clip Browser and Content Browser.


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Bill Griffin
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 1, 2014 at 4:16:48 pm

OK what about the MAC Pro RES question? Am I right or wrong on what I see on the pull down menu?

Bill Griffin
HD Cameraman
972-475-6870
http://www.dallascamguy.com
Dallas, Texas USA


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Tom Laughlin
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 3, 2014 at 3:13:18 pm

Is there an advantage to taking ex3 footage ingesting it and transcoding it to ProRes? Is it a better codec going from MPEG to ProRess, does it affect picture quality or gamma, other than inflating the file sizes?

Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah
http://www.digitalchophouse.com


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Ian Cook
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 3, 2014 at 3:33:01 pm

it's a bit more agile on an FCP timeline but mostly that option is there so you can quickly go to ProRes if that is your house format


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Bill Griffin
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 3, 2014 at 3:48:14 pm

The reason I am asking about the Pro Res is that I am about to buy a Atomos Samurai
Blade recorder ( I can't afford a new camera right now) ....so I can deliver Pro Res files to clients. But it dawned on me that the raw files will be at 35mbps...not the 100 or 150 mbps that the Atomos can put out.....so I assume there will be a difference. But will the transcode bump up the mbps rule?

Am I right or wrong on this idea?

Bill Griffin
HD Cameraman
972-475-6870
http://www.dallascamguy.com
Dallas, Texas USA


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Ian Cook
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 3, 2014 at 3:51:58 pm

yes, transcoding will bump up the data rate. this isn't quite the same as capturing the video at the higher data rate and color sampling, though. when you bump 35 or 50 Mb XDCAM up to 100-200 Mbps ProRes you are creating a larger file that may perform marginally better in FCP but will look the same as the original.


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Bill Griffin
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 3, 2014 at 3:57:24 pm

So, if I don't gain anything.....I should go ahead and get the Atomos box?

I did do some testing...transcodeing a normal xdcam ex file into Pro Res High...and it was a very large file....but the video did look a little better plying back on QT7......

Bill Griffin
HD Cameraman
972-475-6870
http://www.dallascamguy.com
Dallas, Texas USA


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Daniel Goyette
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 8, 2014 at 9:53:50 am

What Sony Softwares is OS X 10.10 Yosemite Compatible among the following softwares :

Sony Content Browser
Catalyst Browse
Catalyst Prepare

Thank-you Ian Cook for any informations you can share with us.

PRODUCTION D. GOYETTE
TOURNAGE / MONTAGE VID√ČO CORPORATIF
DISTRIBUTION DVD / BLU-RAY / WEB
http://www.productiondgoyette.com


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Ian Cook
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 8, 2014 at 1:56:03 pm

Browse and (when it is release) Prepare


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Mitch Jordan
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:45:47 pm

Will it be possible to rename the clip names and not just change the titles? We import the clips from EX cards and XDCAM disks into our Apple Mac systems, and then we search our hard drive by clip names. We're still using XDCAM Transfer because that's the only program that allows us to rename the clips.


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Ian Cook
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Dec 22, 2014 at 6:49:06 pm

We just posted some new updates to Browse and Prepare.

Batch Transcoding has been restored in Browse (provided source clips are in the same format). Thanks to all who helped me lobby to get this restored asap. It was always part of the feature set but was temporarily removed for development reasons (admittedly at the worst possible time...)

There is a lot more in the works so stay tuned..

Browse 1.10:


Added a Vectorscope tool to the Adjust Color workspace.
Added support for multifile transcoding when all source files use the same source settings.
Added support for reading DNxHD clips.
Added support to combine to one file when copying a spanned AVCHD clip.
Added support for reading SD MPEG-2 clips.
Added support for writing XDCAM EX clips to SxS memory cards.
Added support for transcoding to interlaced XAVC formats.
Added the Transcode button to the Adjust Color workspace.
Added Brightness and Contrast sliders to the Adjust Color workspace.
Added support for reading Apple ProRes 422 files (Mac only).
Added support for showing source clips from the Media Browser. Select a file, click the File button at the bottom of the Media Browser, and choose Show in Finder (Mac)/Show in Explorer (Windows).
Added support for showing additional metadata values in the Media Browser.
Fixed a bug that could prevent color correction settings from being applied to all clips in a clip list.


Prepare 1.10:


Added a Vectorscope tool to the Adjust Color workspace.
Added Brightness and Contrast sliders to the Adjust Color workspace.
Added support for reading Apple ProRes 422 files (Mac only).
Added support for exporting DNxHD clips.
Added support to combine to one file when copying a spanned AVCHD clip.
Added support for reading SD MPEG-2 clips.
Added support for writing XDCAM EX clips to SxS memory cards.
Added support for transcoding to interlaced XAVC formats.
Added support for showing additional metadata values in the Media Browser.
Fixed a bug that prevented the application from reading some files recorded by the PXW-FS7 camera.
Fixed a bug that could prevent color correction settings from being applied to all clips in a clip list.


The apps should prompt for an update but if they do not you can update from Options-->About-->Check For Updates or by downloading from the below links and installing manually..



http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/catalystbrowse



http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/catalystprepare

Ian Cook
Sony Broadcast and Professional Services


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David Wheeler
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Feb 11, 2015 at 4:52:01 pm

Hi Ian,
Thanks for your terrific help with Sony related questions over the years! Based on info on the SonyCreativeServices website, I purchased Content Browser 2.3.1 to ingest footage from my XDCAM EX cameras. The earlier Clip Browser and XDCAM Transfer worked well, but Content Browser repeatedly crashes in Mac OSX 10.8.5 when logging clips. Any suggestions?
Thanks!

David Wheeler Sony XDCAM, Mac OSX10.8.5, FCP 7


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Ian Cook
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Feb 11, 2015 at 5:37:03 pm

Hi David-- as a troubleshooting step try restarting with all your external drives disconnected. If you still can't launch try restarting with your wifi/network connections disabled. This will hopefully at least point us in a direction. There is no log file for me to analyze if we can't at least get to the UI after installing.


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David Wheeler
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Feb 11, 2015 at 7:03:52 pm

Hi Ian,
I have no problem launching Content Brower, in fact, I'm able to log clips and export into FCP; however during the logging process, when adding in and out points or scrolling through the timeline, the application will freeze with a spinning beach ball of death. I have to force quit the application and relaunch in order to continue working before the next time it does not respond. I will copy the crash report and attach if that would be helpful.

David Wheeler Sony XDCAM, Mac OSX10.8.5, FCP 7


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Ian Cook
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Feb 11, 2015 at 7:50:40 pm

ok.. If it's happening during logging it sounds like a permissions issue. Are these optical discs or SxS cards? Make sure you have the latest SxS UDF driver or optical VFAM driver. Let me know...

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/download/software_for_sony_equipment


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David Wheeler
Re: New Sony Applications for XDCAM, XDCAM EX, RAW, SR and NXCAM
on Feb 11, 2015 at 9:22:50 pm

Hi Ian,
I updated the SXSUDF driver and it seems to have solved the problem. No crashes so far at least.
Thanks!

David Wheeler Sony XDCAM, Mac OSX10.8.5, FCP 7


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