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TJ McCormick
Sony Catalyst Utter Fail
on Apr 22, 2016 at 1:55:08 pm

At the NAB SHOW 2016, Sony Creative software completely disappointed me. First of all, they brought an intern who had started with Sony a day before to help demonstrate Sony Catalyst. She had NEVER SEEN THE PROGRAM BEFORE THE SHOW. Then some new programmer (the old guys I knew from the past must have been dismissed) came over and started to tell someone that they were going to be changing the program to meet the needs of its end users. One of these changes was removing a function I had previously asked for in the Catalyst Edit software, which allowed you to change the playback speed envelope on individual clips. Finally, they don't have an upgrade program for previous owners of Catalyst, and have moved from a purchase to monthly subscription model. I wonder which end users asked for that change? I also have spent the last 13 years using Sony Vegas Pro, which hasn't seen an upgrade for two years. If anyone has any intention of using Sony Creative software programs, don't. The only program that might be of any good use is Catalyst Prepare, which is good for transcoding and grading .mxf Slog 2 and 3 footage. Otherwise, it's a bust.

TJ McCormick
Sony PMW-200 Owner-Operator
Live Event Video Engineer/Camera Operator/Tape Op, IATSE Local 720
Sony Vegas 12 User
Bluteeful Productions



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