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Sony Upgrades Catalyst Production Suite

Sony Creative Software announced that it premiered its upgraded Catalyst Production Suite at IBC 2015.

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Sony Upgrades Media Production Software at IBC

Amsterdam, IBC Show, The Elicium, Hall 12, Stand 12 A10 — Sony Creative Software, a leading global provider of professional editing and media production applications, will premiere the upgraded Catalyst Production Suite at the 2015 IBC tradeshow in Amsterdam. The Sony Creative Software area of the Sony Electronics booth, Hall 12, stand 12.A10 in the Elicium will host interactive demonstrations of the new Catalyst Production Suite, as well as the Audio Master Suite for both Mac OS X and Windows (featuring Sound Forge Pro and SpectraLayers Pro).

Since its introduction, the Catalyst Production Suite, which includes Catalyst Prepare™ and Catalyst Edit™, has become an important time-saving link in professional media producers’ workflow by offering powerful media preparation and fast, focused editing capabilities for 4K, RAW, and XAVC content.

“The Catalyst Production Suite is designed to make media production more efficient,” said John Freeborg, VP of Sony Creative Software. “To that end, the enhancements to Catalyst Prepare and Catalyst Edit increase the suite’s efficiencies, and deliver a new level of flexibility and speed in media preparation and editing. Based on customer feedback, we continue to improve the Catalyst Production Suite, further streamlining post production and shortening the production process.”

New features to be debuted at IBC include:

Catalyst Prepare 2015.1:
Improved navigation: a streamlined interface provides direct access to media for efficient file-based workflows.

Easier file maintenance: Readily organize, rename, and transcode clips into NLE-friendly formats.

• Transcoding: supports key formats for Sony (AVC, XAVC, XDCAM, and Sony RAW), Apple (ProRes for Mac), AVID (DNxHD), and more.

• EDL exporting: supports formats for Apple Final Cut Pro (*.fcpxml), Adobe Premiere (*.prproj), AVID Media Composer (*.aaf), and Vegas Pro (*.txt).

• Offload: simultaneously backup from multiple devices with verification.

Efficient importing: quickly preview clips and metadata before copying to save time and space. Set in/out points for multiple clips and only copy those sections of footage worth keeping.

Better media management: copy, organize and color correct clips quickly and efficiently. Create storyboards to save time in the edit process. Share for feedback via the Sony Ci media cloud platform.

Clip restoration: repair clips with flash bands from events with flash photography.

Catalyst Edit 2015.1
Robust video FX plug-in support: Catalyst Edit now includes a large number of built-in GPU accelerated video FX plug-ins and supports the OpenFX (OFX) standard. Users can now include special effects, filters, media generators, transitions, and more from 3rd-party vendors.

Dependable color: Support for ACES workflow ensures that color management and correction meets industry standards.

Timeline editing improvements: rearrange tracks, select all clips, visualize muted tracks more effectively, easily create nested timelines, and more.

Video stabilization: salvage shaky action clips into smooth scenes.

Expanded editing tools and capabilities: looped playback, partial or full-project rendering, re-link missing media or replace with different files, J and L cut creation, roll editing, improved Sony RAW performance, clip playback rate control for fast or slow motion and freeze frame looks, picture-in-picture control, crop and zoom control, clip volume envelopes, and audio channel re-routing at render.

“These new features and enhancements significantly increase the utility of the Catalyst Production Suite,” said John Freeborg. “As production demands increase and schedules grow tighter, the updated Catalyst Production Suite is the key tool to enable creative professionals to exceed expectations.”