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  • Content Browser 2.0 vs 1.0, change in distribution policy

     Michael Slowe updated 6 years, 12 months ago 14 Members · 42 Posts
  • Ian Cook

    March 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    With the release of Content Browser 2.0 and the F5/F55 cameras, Sony is changing its software distribution policy. This has caused a bit of confusion, which I hope to address here. We’ve also tweaked this new distribution model to make the process a bit easier for our users.

    Browser 2.0 includes XAVC and AVCHD support and requires a serial number to install. The serial number is included free of charge with all F5 and F55 cameras and will also be included with future shipments of other PMW/PDW products. This will cover the majority of users.

    Of course there are still users who will need the application and don’t own an F5, F55, or else they have an XDCAM that they purchased before the new distribution model went into effect. For those users we have the following options:

    1. Content Browser 1.1 will remain available on the Sony sites until June.
    It requires no serial # to install the base application. The add-ons (XDCAM Advanced Feature Pack; AVCHD plug-in; Main Concept Encoder) remain charge-able but the basic features the vast majority of users need (preview, log, archive etc) are part of the main application and will remain free.

    The major substantive difference between Content Browser 2.0 and 1.1 is that 2.0 supports the new XAVC codec used on the F5/F55. For XDCAM users, no functionality is lost by going with v 1.1.

    The other difference between versions 1.1/2.0 is in how the AVCHD plugin is handled. In v 1.1, it is a 20.00 add-on. In v 2.0, the serial number activates both XAVC support and AVCHD support.

    2. From March until June we will make Content Browser 2.0 available without an in-the-box serial number and free of charge. If you go to you can put in your email address and have a serial # sent to you. This is not a trial version of the application. It’s the full, non-expiring version with XAVC and AVCHD support. The only difference is that we are providing the serial numbers via a free download.

    After June, both 1.1 and the serial # promotion page will be taken down and we will only be offering Content Browser 2.0.

    3. By June there will be a mechanism in place to purchase a serial number for 20.00 if, for whatever reason, the user requires one and does not have a current camera, didn’t know about the grace period/promotion, or can;t use the legacy applications.

    XDCAM Transfer and the Log and Transfer plugin for EX will remain available in the ‘Legacy Applications’ area of the XDCAM download site. Note that, as with PDZ-1, XDCAM Viewer and XDCAM EX Clip Browser these are discontinued, use-at-your-own-risk applications. There will be no further development on any of them as most of their features are being consolidated into Content Browser. Transfer 2.13, which we will hate to see go, is qualified through Lion. PDZ-1 and the XDCAM MXF Viewer are qualified through Win 7 (32/64 bit). We will happily provide operational and basic technical support on these applications but please understand that there is little we can do is they won’t install or otherwise have system-level issues.

    Thanks for the continued support. I know this is a significant change in our policy but I and my colleagues have fought very hard to make it as painless as possible for our existing users.

    Hope to see some of you at NAB 2013. If you’re anywhere near the F5/55 workflow area, drop by and say hello.



    Ian cook
    Sony Broadcast and Professional Services

  • Craig Seeman

    March 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Are there limits to the activation?
    For example:
    Can I have two (or more) simultaneously activated computers?
    Otherwise can I deactivate on one computer and subsequently activate on another?

    If a client wants the camera masters (and they aren’t always post houses) would their only option be to purchase Content Browser?

    Will import plugins remain available and free for FCPX and Avid AMA (and FCP7) ?

  • Bill Griffin

    March 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    To answer some of your questions, I emailed for a serial number and
    having 3 computers(a MacBook Pro, desktop PC, Sony PC laptop)….they all took the same serial number and I now I have ver 2.0 on all 3 of the computers that I use to off load the XDCAM EX files.

    I was surprised that it allowed me to do that…..hope this helps.

    Bill Griffin
    HD Cameraman
    Dallas, Texas USA

  • Craig Seeman

    March 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    That’s actually very important.
    It means a facility that gets one camera can be covered.

    What happens if you rent though?

    Granted the costs are small but some will grouse if they are not camera owners. Renters, clients that want to screen the master files and such may not be too pleased. At the very least Sony might want to consider a simple free players. Something that just plays and displays timecode with maybe an inapp purchase to unlock the advanced management features.

  • Kent Beeson

    March 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    So, just downloaded latest CB, and it seems to work on my mac pro 10.6.8, though CB says for lion onward…am I missing something that it can’t do on Snow Leopard? Seems to work great re: reading EX1R files and importing into FCP 7 as mov files.

    And hope to soon get SONY FS700, can I use Content Browser to import the AVCHD footage into FCP 7? How?



  • Ian Cook

    March 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Can I have two (or more) simultaneously activated computers

    -Sorting this out now.

    If a client wants the camera masters (and they aren’t always post houses) would their only option be to purchase Content Browser?

    Until June we will have the free serial # download active on the site. Also V 1.1 will be available with no serial # requirement. I’m hoping we can keep an older version with no serial # requirement on our site or at least on my FTP. If not, and all other options are exhausted, yes, V2 will require a chargeable serial number.

    I can’t make the serial # requirement go away but am fully aware that there are going to be plenty of instances where people need V2 and did not recently purchase a camera. This is why we fought for every other option we could think of to make it a little easier– the 3 month free download, site licenses for multi-seat requirements, multiple activations (still working on this part) etc.

    Will import plugins remain available and free for FCPX and Avid AMA (and FCP7) ?

    Yes, all the plugins will remain free. It’s only the Browser software that will require a serial # to cover licensing fees.

  • Ian Cook

    March 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I understand that it is important, which is why we at least have a grace period. Renters and quick-hit users are the first ones I thought of when Japan told us about the new policy. The 3 month grace period was something I suggested when it became clear that the serial # requirement was inflexible. I also suggested a simple player module, or basic play/copy functionality in the base app with no serial #. These are probably not going to happen. After June we’ll do our best to support everyone by whatever means necessary but some users are going to end up having to download a serial #.

  • Michael Slowe

    March 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Ian, I’ve downloaded the ContentBrowser 1.1 and it says that this is a Free Trial expiring in 3 months. Does this mean that it will stop working in three months if I don’t pay? Or, is this the ‘window’ allowed by Sony to download free and it will remain operational to us after the expiry of 3 months?

    Michael Slowe

  • Ian Cook

    March 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    where are you seeing the three month warning, on the download page or presented by the installer?

  • Michael Slowe

    March 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Ian, it comes up as a separate window after I installed the software and opened it. By the way, I’m trying to figure out the windows and how to see my clips, select and trim and import, just as we did with Transfer, it’s very different, is there a manual somewhere, can’t see it on the download.

    Also Ian, just to be clear, your posts haven’t quite said that we can see clips from the BPAV folders that have been TRANSFERRED TO DRIVES. I’m sure that’s so but can you confirm that?

    Michael Slowe

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