CatDV Pro
CatDV Pro
14.0.0
4.3
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CatDV Pro free download for Mac

CatDV Pro for Mac14.0.0

01 October 2021

Media asset database and video logging product.

What is CatDV Pro for Mac

CatDV Pro is a clip logging and cataloging application designed to enhance the productivity of video editors using an existing NLE application.

Do you need a way to quickly see what tapes and other media files you've got, not just at the tape or file level but down to individual scenes and shots? Or a tool to take the drudgery out of logging, with advanced features such as automatic scene detection available at an affordable price?

  • Excellent integration with Final Cut Pro and other professional editing systems.
  • Built in sequence editing, to create rough cut edits from the convenience of your asset management tool.
  • Unlimited user-defined metadata attributes to annotate clips.
  • Enhanced search dialog, with multiple conditions and logical expressions, named filters, and regular expressions.
  • Additional interchange file formats, such as Final Cut Pro XML, Avid ALE, Premiere Pro batch lists, and more.
  • Support for image sequences.
  • Support for reading metadata from additional file formats, including PDF and XML.
  • Verbatim Logger command.
  • Log using timecode event markers within a clip or by creating subclips.
  • Fully customisable preview settings.
  • Customisable clip details panel layout.
  • Timezone and camera clock adjustments to permit accurate date-based correlation of shots taken with different cameras.
  • Support for standard JKL shuttle controls when playing media.
  • Use CatDV Pro as a client to gain access to the networked capabilities provied by the CatDV Server.
  • Catalog arbitrary files, not just media files.
  • With the optional CatDV MXF Option, read metadata from MXF and XDCAM files, and import Avid or P2 clips and automatically sync up video and audio as an MXF metaclip.

What's new in CatDV Pro

Version 14.0.0:
  • The bundled version of Java has been updated from Java 1.8 to OpenJDK 14. This fixes a number of long standing UI glitches on the Mac (such as menus sometimes being greyed out until you switch to another app and back) and allows the app to be notarised to be compliant with the much stricter signing requirements under MacOS Catalina and later.
  • Any last remaining 32-bit code (such as the AAFTool for processing AAF files) has been removed, as has other legacy code such as to handle special characters in XML files.

The native player has been updated to use a new rendering pipeline and other improvements:

  • Use of OpenGL (instead of Direct3D9) on Windows, and Metal (instead of deprecated OpenGL 2.1) on Mac, allowing colour space conversion and other processing to be done on the GPU, and overlays such as subtitles to be rendered
  • A new container architecture for low level tracks, making it easier to add new codecs and formats to the player.
  • More efficient file handling when the same file is used in different tracks or more than once in a sequence, resulting in improved performance.
  • Ability to turn individual channels on and off when playing files with audio tracks containing more than two channels.

The native player and transcoding library has been updated with additional codec support:

  • Add support for encoding to Apple ProRes (on Mac and Windows) using Apple SDK.
  • Add support for encoding to DNxHD and DNxHR using Avid SDK.
  • New support for decoding Canon RAW.
  • These are in addition to the existing support for natively playing and transcoding most common camera formats including ProRes, DNx, Blackmagic RAW, ARRI, and RED.

CatDV 14 adds experimental support for using the CatDV desktop application in the field as an ingest tool:

  • A new Preferences option (in the Import section) will prompt you to copy media files to local storage whenever you import files into CatDV (so you have a local copy of media from a removable storage card for example). At the same time, you are prompted to fill in basic metadata that is set on the clips, and you can choose whether to link to the copy or the original file path.
  • Additionally, the new Upload Media To Server command will copy media to a suitably configured server: import files from a camera card, set up a destination on the the server using media store mappings, then copy files to the server and place them in the correct server location via http/web upload without requiring file system access to the server. Files can also be uploaded automatically whenever clips are published to the server with a new Preferences option (in the Server section).
  • Display a modernised thumbnail-only grid view optimised for video with widescreen thumbnails that fill the cell (by adding a blurred background if necessary). By contrast, the new "Photo Icons" view uses a square cell grid and is optimised for viewing still images and documents which might have a mix of portrait and landscape orientation.
  • Add support for quickly scrubbing through a movie by moving the mouse over the thumbnail image (using either the new filmstrip proxy image, used by Web 3, or the thumbnails stored against the clip, indicated by a red or orange cursor respectively)
  • Support for viewing and managing all the proxy and other files associated with an asset via the Media menu and the media panel popup menu. These include different types of proxies, filmstrip images, and different language tracks as used by the web interface and defined via media stores. Media stores are now cached in local preferences so they are available even if you are not connected to the server.
  • The Media/File Information command lists all the available files and versions for a clip, and there are improvements to the information dialog itself (including a Reveal In Tree button, better player support, a new panel to extract any JPEG images, better metadata display, and a larger hex display panel).
  • Add support for extended proxy file naming to cope with different files in the same directory that differ only in their filename extension. By default the proxy for a file called MyFile.mxf is now called MyFile.mxf.mp4 rather than MyFile.mp4.
  • Add support for displaying subtitles or closed captions in a VTT or SRT file, either as a sidecar file (alongside the movie) or defined via media stores. You can customise the appearance of the subtitles including their size, whether to merge multiple captions showing at the same time, and whether to ignore any position information and always display them at the bottom of the screen.
  • Display a checkerboard background when viewing still images or movies with transparency
  • Add support for displaying marker annotations that were created with Server 10.
  • Add support for displaying filenames containing emoji characters.
  • Improvements to the Find Similar command to make it easier to find and delete duplicate clips (by choosing which clips to select, and letting you delete directly from the result set).
  • The new media metadata FileHash field is calculated by sampling the file at various points throughout the file from the beginning to the end, providing an easy way to find duplicates or moved files, while being much faster to calculate than a full MD5 checksum.
  • The Disk Space Tool command now lets you compare two snapshots or two directories so you can quickly see why a directory or volume has grown since it was last scanned, and there are new commands to find any corresponding clips on the server and to filter the file list by file name.

Improvements to metaclips (containers or collections containing multiple files which can be combined and treated as a single clip) including:

  • A new clip type of Playlist which plays the clips within it one after the other.
  • A new clip type of Version Set which can store different versions of an asset and plays the last (most recent) clip within it.
  • A new clip type of Folder which can group together an arbitrary collection of other clips so they can be treated as one item.
  • Metaclips can now contain other metaclips, not just plain clips.
  • Markers on the underlying clips are displayed against the metaclip. For playlists you can choose whether to display relative timecode within the playlist or source timecode in the marker table.
  • You can view the different files within a metaclip by using the (right click) pop up menus on the media panel and in the main window.
  • User-created metaclips now have a virtual media path consisting of any common root directory of the files within it and the metaclip name (allowing them to have a single proxy movie that covers the entire metaclip, rather than having to assemble it from separate parts each time).
  • These changes are in addition to existing support for camera card and MXF OpAtom metaclips.
  • Add support for lightweight image sequences, represented by a single clip rather than one clip for each file, so they are much more efficient for large image sequences. This option is enabled by a new setting on the Import tab of Preferences.
  • Improvements to lightweight Directory clips, an efficient way to represent all the files in a directory or Mac package as a single clip, including a new Import preference option to specify which file name extensions such as .app or .fcpbundle should be represented as a single directory clip (rather than separately listing and analysing all the files within it).
  • Metadata extraction rules to extract parts of the filename into metadata fields can now be stored on the server in the settings table so they can be shared between different users and the Worker Node. Metadata rules allow specific subdirectories in the file path to map to fields like Customer, Project and so on, or to pull out separate components of the filename itself if you use a strict file naming scheme. Different rules can apply in different parts of the file system tree.
  • The AAF importer now supports extracting embedded media (and saving it out as self-contained media files to the directory specified in Preferences).
  • Support for two-factor authentication when logging on (set up by editing the user profile in the Server 10 web interface)
  • Encourage the use of HTTP rather than RMI when connecting to the server as this is more reliable on certain networks, and encourage use of the web-based admin pages when creating users, groups, and roles as some new features are only available in the web interface.
  • Some items in the Tools and Logging and Import As menus have been rearranged slightly (and more items are hidden if you choose simple menus in Preferences).
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Cyclicjo
Cyclicjo
Dec 28 2014
11.0.3
4.5
Dec 28 2014
4.5
Version: 11.0.3
Also a former Foottrack user. CatDV handles all my needs now.
Elandy
Elandy
Sep 12 2014
10.1.2
5.0
Sep 12 2014
5.0
Version: 10.1.2
A great app - very configurable. It does much more than an average user needs, and that makes it hard to dumb down. but once you do it, this keeps working really well.
Studiodave56
Studiodave56
May 30 2007
6.0b3
5.0
May 30 2007
5.0
Version: 6.0b3
I am surprised that there has not been a review since 2005. This app has captured without dropped frames for me and correctly separated all clips on a tape without error. I used to use Foottrack. I like the filmstrip view for my customers.
Guest
Guest
Oct 28 2003
3.0.8
2.3
Oct 28 2003
2.3
Version: 3.0.8
potentially promising app but the GUI is sadly, as clunky and unresponsive as all the java apps i've tried under OS X. i've also had it bomb out on me and stop capturing three times [edit: make that four, even while i was writing this!] so far [in the space of one tape] throwing up a not-too-helpful "capture failed (memerror 109)" on each occasion. this is in spite of my having 640MB RAM installed and not much else running. unfortunately this means catDV is not a "set it running and leave it to it" programme, which for this type of application, is a serious drawback. back to the drawing board chaps, methinks!
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