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CatDV Professional Edition adds many features of particular interest to production houses and professional users over and above CatDV's core features.
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Professional Edition features

  • 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.

Check the product matrix for a detailed comparison of the different editions of CatDV:

Existing users of other versions of CatDV, including standard edition, can upgrade to CatDV Professional Edition for a discount.

MXF Option
With the CatDV MXF Option you can import and work with MXF files such as those from a Panasonic P2 camera, Sony XDCAM, or as used by AVID (you will also need to have a suitable third party codec installed to play the media). With MXF clips it is normal for the audio and video information to be written to separate files. When you import a P2 volume or an AVID folder CatDV will automatically combine video and audio tracks from separate files into a single clip, allowing you to play the files in synch without having to create a reference movie or transcode the files. Using metaclips' you can create subclips, add metadata and log notes, build previews and treat native MXF files just like regular clips.

CatDV uses its built-in MXF and XML parsers to read metadata from the files and load these into CatDV metadata fields, including any data entered on the camera such
as subject, location, or camera lens details. In the case of P2 media, you can log the clips in CatDV, bulk editing fields such as name, creator and placename, or creating event markers, and then export these back to the P2 clip for interchange with other applications.

Third party codecs
Media playback in CatDV is based on QuickTime, which means a variety of addon codecs and components are available to support additional media formats including
MPEG-2, MXF, RED, Cineon DPX, WMV, and many others. Companies such as MXF4mac and Calibrated Software produce a range of codecs that can be used with the CatDV MXF Option to seamlessly work with P2, XDCAM and AVID MXF media. CatDV also works well with third party transcoding products, including Compressor, Rhozet, and Episode Engine.

There is an insatiable demand for high quality media across virtually every industry today. The proliferation of distribution channels, catalyzed by the internet and social media, is causing an explosion of content. At the same time new (and larger) formats are constantly being developed.

NEW in v12

Announcing an all-new version of CatDV, with a wealth of new capabilities:

  • Transformed UI: updated and streamlined user experience: simpler, cleaner, and more powerful
  • Additional support for audio: waveform monitor and thumbnails, peak meter and audio markers
  • Workspace builder: easily tailor your workspaces: make CatDV your own !
  • Calculated fields: to make logging even easier
  • Coloured labels: colour makes the most important assets stand out, great for status monitoring
  • Improved FCPX support: send content and share keywords from within CatDV direct to a FCPX Event.
  • Ongoing sequence creator improvements: stills on the timeline and audio slide shows
  • CatDV Pegasus client now with watch folder custom actions: automate your workflow from within your installed client

$8,000 per media professional wasted each year
Organizations waste significant time and money organizing, searching for, then often failing to find their media assets especially where teams are not in the same location. With ever increasing pressure on budgets, being able to store, find and repurpose existing media is critical. Research estimates that $8,000 per year is wasted per media professional and that more than a third of media searches fail without effective media asset management.

CatDV: find and reuse your media
CatDV tackles all these problems. For companies that create or manage a large volume of digital media CatDV helps teams organize, communicate and collaborate effectively. Its simple, yet powerful tools support some of the worlds most sophisticated media workflows and provide the flexibility to work your way. CatDV brings value to single user installations through to large, dispersed teams in the worlds largest firms.

Unlike many asset management systems CatDV is easy to learn and deploy, has one of the lowest costs of ownership in its sector, has great support and an unrivaled ability to integrate with other products, platforms, formats, hardware and software.

Ultimately CatDV helps companies find and reuse their media assets, helps teams to collaborate and to get more done, saving both time and money.


You can have confidence in CatDV as the right solution for your media workflow:

  • Power:
    • sophisticated logging and organization
    • find and reuse your media
    • automate your workflows
    • enable team collaboration
    • scales to millions of assets
  • Simplicity:
    • easy to use
    • easy to configure
    • low training costs
    • low deployment costs
  • Flexibility:
    • native file handling (MXF, RED etc)
    • deployment options: including cloud
    • mac, Windows, web and iOS
    • many storage and archive partners
    • multiple APIs for seamless integration
    • CatDV can grow with you
  • Safety:
    • track record since 2000
    • 1000s of satisfied users
    • unrivaled technical support

Product Versions and Options

CatDV is designed for stand-alone and networked operation. It is highly scalable so it meets the needs of everyone from individuals through to studios and large production houses.

There are a number of versions and options to cater for customers differing requirements, in addition to CatDVs core capabilities or our Data Sheets:

Asset management and logging

  • CatDV Standard: single user, stand-alone logging and cataloguing.
  • CatDV Pro: integration with editing systems. more sophisticated import / export and more sophisticated search.
  • CatDV Workgroup: up to 5 CatDV clients can work together.
  • CatDV Enterprise: for larger deployments with more sophisticated server functions.
  • CatDV Pegasus: our premium client including Media Composer integration
  • CatDV Browse Client: providing rich, read-only access to networked deployments.
  • CatDV Rich Web Client: for rapid or Internet based deployments.productmatriximage
  • CatDV Simple Web Client: for browse only access.

The CatDV clients above run on both Windows and macs. A complete list of features is described in the product matrix.


  • CatDV Worker: is a sophisticated but easy to use automation engine. It is often used for automatic media ingest into CatDV and can trigger workflow actions outside of CatDV (for example with external transcoders and archiving systems).

There are also a number of options to support specific workflows:

  • archiving: adding support for a constantly growing range of long term storage solutions
  • MXF: supporting meta data exchange from P2, XDCAM and AVID formats. (note that appropriate codecs for playback are also required)
  • For CatDV, Live Capture Plus and the Worker Node:
    • Macintosh (PowerPC or Intel) running Mac OS X 10.3 or later, or Windows PC running Windows XP or later
    • Minimum 512 MB of memory
    • QuickTime 7 or later
    • Java 1.4.2 or later
    • Built-in FireWire interface (required for Live Capture Plus only)
  • For the CatDV Server:
    • Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.3 or later or Windows PC running Windows XP or later. Also compatible with most server workstations running Unix or Linux.
    • Minimum 1024 MB of memory
    • Java J2SE (or J2EE) 1.4.2 or later
    • MySQL 5.0 or later database software
    • Apache Tomcat 4.1 (or later) web application server (required for Live HTML Publisher only)


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