The latest update 2020.1 for Sony's clip management and viewing software Catalyst Browse and Prepare brings four new features for both programs, such as extended camera support, support for XAVC HS and a gyro data evaluation. Camera support has been expanded to include the Sony Alpha 7S III, Alpha 7C, ZV-1, RX100 VII and RX0 II models. In addition, XAVC S (AVC) / XAVC HS (HEVC), the video compression format of the Alpha 7S III, is now supported for viewing, playback and transcoding of the camera's content.
Sony Catalyst Browse
Another new feature is that Catalyst reads the values of the gyro sensor in the camera via the information stored in metadata of the videos to ensure better image stabilization. This detects how many degrees the camera was tilted when recording, which greatly speeds up further processing of the footage in Catalyst. For this, the camera's Steadyshot function must be switched to "Off" or "Active" so that the camera recognizes the tilt angle and notes it in the metadata. Once detected by Catalyst, a six-second video clip at Full HD resolution, for example, will be stabilized by Catalyst in 0.1 seconds and prepared for post-processing.
The 2020.1 update for Catalyst Browse and Prepare is available now. In addition to the new features, the update brings numerous bug fixes. Here is a detailed list of what's new in the update for Catalyst and Prepare.
Sony Catalyst Prepare
Sony Catalyst Browse and Prepare.
Catalyst Browse is a free tool from Sony for viewing video clips. In addition to a preview, it offers options for checking and editing metadata. In addition, the image can still be provided with a color correction in the aftermath and finally saved in different formats on the local hard drive. Small editing steps are already possible in advance.
Catalyst Prepare, which is available for a fee, supplements Browse's range of functions with improved management of the user's own clips and editing of the storyboard timeline.