April 15, 2015
NAB 2015

Meet Catalyst, Sony's Brand New Tools for Simplified Editing & Media Management

Two days ago, Sony announced a mysterious new NLE called Catalyst Edit. Ryan Koo stopped by Sony's booth at NAB to investigate:

And here's an early photo of these new Catalyst post production tools:

Sony Catalyst Edit, Prepare, and Browse

While we were speculating that the new NLE would be specifically designed to handle the native media from Sony's cameras, it seems that it's going to be a much more open and versatile system. Here are the codecs and formats that Catalyst Edit will support:

Sony RAW 4K, Sony RAW 2K, XAVC Long, XAVC Intra, XAVC S, XDCAM 422, XDCAM SR (SStP), DNxHD, ProRes (OS X), AVC H.264/MPEG-4, AVC/AAC (MPEG-4), AVCHD, HDV, DV, XDCAM MPEG IMX, JPEG, PNG, WAV, and MP3.

There's not a whole lot of other information out there yet about this new NLE from Sony, but you can sign up to be notified when they become available over on their website. Catalyst Prepare and Browse, on the other hand, are already available, and the former can be purchased for $199 on Sony's site.

Be sure to check out our comprehensive post with up to date information about all NAB 2015 announcements.


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I just downloaded and installed Catalyst Prepare and Catalyst Browse. Its embarrassing that Sony actually put their name on this "software".

Its as useful as a one legged man at an ass kicking contest.

Left me wanting the last 10min of my life back.

April 15, 2015 at 8:00PM

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treykaiza@gmail.com
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That bad huh? Why do they bother? Doesn't FCP, AVID, and Adobe have pretty much everything on lock? It's like when bing came out and said they were better than google...lol

April 16, 2015 at 1:55AM

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Caleb Price
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Funny cause it's true!!

December 16, 2015 at 4:04AM

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Looks interesting. But what's with all the Google Maps footage? Haha.

April 16, 2015 at 3:55AM

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Christopher Kou
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This entire video is utterly confusing. First off - 70% of the screen footage is Google Maps. The closest the Sony rep comes to explaining why is 'meta data'. Then the software - it's 3 parts - 1) importer. Eh? Surely you don't want to re-invent the wheel. 2) prepare. Does it mean color correction? In/out marking? I am just confused about what this is ACTUALLY doing 3) Edit. How does this compare with Sony Vegas (from the same vendor)? What's the point of the software? It looks a bit like those 90s software packages that came bundled with your camera. Surely not something that need such hype? Listen up Sony - spend your dev budget on fixing the stability bugs in Vegas rather than building yet another half assed 'productivity' suite...

April 16, 2015 at 5:04AM, Edited April 16, 5:04AM

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Couldn't agree more,

April 16, 2015 at 11:29AM

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Greg
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Double agree.

December 16, 2015 at 4:05AM

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Did Sony just mothball Vegas?

April 16, 2015 at 12:58PM

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David Sharp
Video Editor, Cinematographer, Teacher
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OH. Has Sony deigned to grant us software that runs on my lowly Mac now?

April 16, 2015 at 1:58PM

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Dume Forwan
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