Monday, April 14, 2008

Matrox MXO 2 Drops

Why, hello there!

Just when you thought the coast was clear, along comes a portable HD-SDI I/O solution for your MacBook Pro. From Matrox's website:

Flexible workflows

Capture to a variety of codecs

Matrox MXO2 gives you a wide range of workflow possibilities by providing frame-accurate capture via RS-422 deck control to a variety of codecs including:

  • ProRes 422
  • ProRes 422 HQ
  • DV
  • DV50
  • Uncompressed HD/SD (8- and 10-bit)
  • Offline RT

Use your favorite file-based formats

Matrox MXO2 lets you work with filebased formats such as XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, and P2 on your timeline.

The slamming new feature is that the Matrox MXO 2 uses HDMI for it's HD & SD signal path:

HD and SD video monitoring

Matrox MXO2 turns your HDMI montor into a true-color video display you can trust, even for color grading. It’s packed with features that make it the ideal monitoring solution for Final Cut Pro, Apple Color, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other QuickTime-based applications. You won’t need to buy expensive HD monitoring equipment. In addition, MXO2’s realtime downscaling feature lets you view your HD projects on an SD monitor.

HDMI monitor calibration

Matrox MXO2 lets you adjust and control your HDMI monitor exactly like you would a broadcast HD/SD monitor. Controls for hue, chroma, contrast, brightness, and blue-only are provided. This unique control gives you completely accurate color representation so that you can use your HDMI monitor even for color grading.

Pixel-to-pixel mapping on the HDMI display

Matrox MXO2 provides 1:1 pixel mapping on HDMI monitors that support this feature. You get accurate monitoring on your HDMI display in the following resolutions:

  • 720 x 486 (NTSC)
  • 720 x 576 (PAL)
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 1280 x 720

This is certainly news for Dell 2408WFP owners. And what does this mean for the Matrox & Apple Cinema Display relationship? And does this mean I can now grade on my 55" Sony SXRD via HDMI using my MacBook Pro???

Questions galore!

All this for a reported $1595.00 USD... can anyone out on the floor confirm this price point?

proactively • peter

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