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Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems

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You Pay: $399.00
Product Highlights
  • Mac & PC
  • Use with Desktop Systems
  • Breakout Box
  • I/O Device
  • Multiple Audio/Video Inputs & Outputs
  • Small Footprint
  • Video Capture, Playback & Conversion
  • Use with Industry-Standard Applications

The MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems from Matrox is a device that combines the functionality of an HDMI & Analog I/O card in the form factor of a miniature breakout box. It will capture, convert, and play multiple video formats. This model features an adapter that is specifically designed for use with desktop systems, although a separate MXO2 PCI-E Express Card 34 Adapter can be used to make the unit compatible with laptops.

This device's small footprint makes it easy to transport. It is compatible with both Mac and PC systems, as well as most industry-standard applications, such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Photoshop, among others. Moreover, its color-calibration tool can be used to turn your HDMI monitor into a professional-grade video monitor.

Note! Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 support for Mac OSX to be available in early November 2010.

This model is designed for use with desktop systems
This device works with Mac and PC platforms
It features a small footprint and is easy to connect to cameras and monitors
Capture and play back high-definition video in multiple formats
Turn your HDMI screen into a professional-grade video monitor with color-calibration tools, including blue-only
A 10-bit hardware, scaling engine allows for real-time up-scaling, down-scaling, and cross-conversion on capture and playback
This unit supports 5.1 and 7.1 surround-sound monitoring on the HDMI output
Edit AVCHD footage by capturing into an edit-friendly compressed or uncompressed format
It is compatible with your applications such Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe Photoshop, among others
Inputs Video:
HDMI HD 10-bit
Component HD/SD 10-bit
Y/C (S-Video) 10-bit
Composite 10-bit

Audio:
(2) RCA stereo pair (unbalanced)
HDMI embedded up to 8 channels
24-bit 48 kHz

Outputs Video:
HDMI HD/SD 10-bit
Component HD/SD 12-bit
Y/C (S-Video) 10-bit
Composite 10-bit

Audio:
(2) RCA stereo pair (unbalanced)
HDMI embedded up to 8 channels

System Requirements Mac Pro and Intel-based MacBook Pro running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 or higher
PC desktops and laptops running Windows XP (32-bit), Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit), and Windows 7 (64-bit)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 6.5 x 4.6 x 1.5" (166 x 110 x 40mm)
Weight 9.9 oz (280g)
Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems
  • PCIe Host Adapter
  • 3' PCIe Cable
  • External Power Supply
  • 2 x S-Video Adapters
  • Three-Year Hardware Warranty & Complimentary Telephone Support
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    MatroxMXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems
     
    4.2

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Professional quality (11)
    • Compact (10)
    • Improves performance (8)
    • Highly compatible (6)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (9)
    • In the studio (8)
    • Complex projects (6)
    • Home movies (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (10), Professional artist (6), Power user (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome Piece of Equipment

    In my Final Cut Pro Edit Suite, I've been having to use my 2nd computer monitor as my program monitor. With the MXO2 mini, I was able to purchase a consumer grade LCD...Read complete review

    In my Final Cut Pro Edit Suite, I've been having to use my 2nd computer monitor as my program monitor. With the MXO2 mini, I was able to purchase a consumer grade LCD flat panel and use the MXO2 mini's calibration tool to obtain an excellent program monitor. This left both of my computer monitors free for use in editing.

    I would highly recommend this product to anyone who needs a program monitor out, but can't afford to go the Kona 3 route, and cannot afford to purchase an HD reference monitor.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works good most of time.

    I got this unit to display video on 47" screen while I edit, and for monitoring Color correction. Mostly though, I was tired of the stop motion effect I was seeing...Read complete review

    I got this unit to display video on 47" screen while I edit, and for monitoring Color correction. Mostly though, I was tired of the stop motion effect I was seeing when I monitored just using the video card from my Mac Pro, on the larger monitor.

    It's definitely a crisper image, to the sometimes detriment of the source. It has definitely helped to reveal some of the shortcomings in an image.

    Occasionally it will hiccup on an image or stumble over an edit, but I don't know if that is just the speed of my drives.

    It was pretty easy to set-up and use.

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    4.0

    Excellent product installs automatically

    By Denny F

    from West Bloomfield, MI

    About Me Power User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Fast Setup
    • Simple Controls

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

        I use the Matrox MXO2 Mini to interface with Media Composer v7. It gives me HDMI output to my video monitor so that the final output can be viewed in final output form. The only problem that I have with it is that the interface cable is much too short so I needed to buy the longer cable which incurred an extra expense. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By AdHol

        from New York

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Setup

        Cons

        • No Multi Stream Mixing

        Best Uses

        • Office
        • Professional

        Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

        We basically used it to broadcast live webinar to couple hundreds users. It worked seamlessly without any interruptions.
        It is very well priced considering what we could do with this.

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        4.0

        Video and Audio with Avid MC7

        By Panshot

        from SW US

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

              I use this to monitor full screen HDMI video and stereo audio out of the Avid platform on Win 7. Works as advertised. Be sure to download the latest driver from the Matrox site and install your application before installing the PCIe card or Matrox software. Installation is easy. Chose not to spend the extra money for the MAX version because Sorenson Squeeze doesn't take advantage of the H.264 accelerator.

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              5.0

              Great Breakout Box

              By Workingallthetime

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Fast Setup

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional

                Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                I am editing with Avid Media Composer 5.5.3. The Matrox Mini feeds my video monitor from Avid and also Photoshop. It is great to preview a Photoshop file on a video monitor. Matrox has great phone support that made setup a breeze. I have audio in the monitor via hdmi and also to the audio monitors from the box itself. I just love it.

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                4.0

                An Inexpensive Solution

                By LegionAV

                from Indianapolis

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Corporate Facility

                  Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                  Works as advertised out of the box. Configuration with Adobe CS6 and my HP Win 7 system was fairly easy, but am having a few issues with audio device settings. Replaced a Matrox RT.X because it was not supported for CS6 anymore. With changing workflow, the MX02 does the job at a fraction of the price.

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                  4.0

                  Great Box!

                  By Andrew

                  from Wisconsin

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                    This little guy is affordable and perfect. I mainly use it to view my editing on an actual HD tv. The HDMI output makes this fairly easy. It can also capture from multiple sources including HDMI. Installation is a bit tricky but the tech support is great!

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                    5.0

                    Works great!

                    By TKT

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                      Great little device! Up and running in no time. Works well with Avid Media Composer and After Effects, connected to an LED TV helps a great deal in color corrections/grading.

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                      5.0

                      Great video capture.

                      By Marc

                      from Leesburg, FL

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                      Solid piece of hardware. I recommend this over an internal capture card, this processor offloads calcs from the PC to this box, freeing up the computer to run other software full speed.

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                      5.0

                      Great Box for the Money

                      By ABE

                      from Burbank CA

                      About Me Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Limited Compatibility

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                      I am using this with Avid and Photoshop, it works great with avid and gives me a great picture. In Photoshop it only shows the picture when you ask, it does not show you work in progress so it is not very usefull.

                      I wish that the install instructions which come with the unit were better, it is easy to create minor problems when first setting up the box

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                      5.0

                      Great Product

                      By Garland

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                        I have moved from two previous NLE standard definition editing systems to Adobe Premiere Pro for HD and needed greater I/O functionality plus a way to have a full screen full frame monitor for editing. The Matrox MX02 mini was the perfect piece of equipment. It was more complicated than I expected to get the correct drivers installed and get it performing correctly, but DO NOT FEAR, Matrox Support is AS GOOD AS IT GETS. They were easy to reach on the phone and their support is second to none. They were with me every step of the way through the installation and even called me back the next day to make sure everything was OK.

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                        5.0

                        love it

                        By BR

                        from NYC

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                            it s great

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                            1.0

                            Doesn't do what it claims

                            By doccutter

                            from los angeles, CA

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Limited Compatibility
                            • Poor Performance

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                            All documentation claims that the MXO2 will monitor 1080p 29.97 when running it with Avid Media Composer 5.5. I have yet to get it to work. Although Matrox technical support has been eager to help, even they can't explain why it wont. I get the feeling they haven't even tried it! Although it does monitor other raster sizes and frame rates quite will, so if you only need limited I/O then for the price it's pretty good.

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                            2.0

                            Does not deliver on all of its promises

                            By BennyM

                            from Minneapolis, MN

                            About Me Business Owner, Pro video freelancer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Capture card

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Functionality

                            Best Uses

                            • Capturing HDMI video

                            Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                            Matrox goes out of their way to tout the MXO2 mini's "blue only" calibration feature as a way to turn any HDMI monitor into a somewhat accurate broadcast display. All this feature does is calibrate the signal going to the monitor. Your monitor's color could be way off, but the matrox software will show clean calibrated colorbars on the screen. Many have noticed that the color bars are pretty much perfect right out of the box, without any adjustments. Isn't that convenient! All it does is calibrate a digital signal, which should already be accurate --- also note that this calibration utility does not adjust the analog component signal. So, maybe this box is great for capturing video, but I bought it for playing back video and it's pretty useless at that unless you already have a proper broadcast monitor, and if you do, there are other much less expensive cards that will output the same HDMI and component signals. So, this MXO2 mini is just not worth the money.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome Piece of Equipment

                            By Chunky M

                            from Collierville, TN

                            About Me Business Owner, Independent Filmmaker, Television Producer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy to install
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                            In my Final Cut Pro Edit Suite, I've been having to use my 2nd computer monitor as my program monitor. With the MXO2 mini, I was able to purchase a consumer grade LCD flat panel and use the MXO2 mini's calibration tool to obtain an excellent program monitor. This left both of my computer monitors free for use in editing.

                            I would highly recommend this product to anyone who needs a program monitor out, but can't afford to go the Kona 3 route, and cannot afford to purchase an HD reference monitor.

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                            4.0

                            Has worked great for me

                            By Dave

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Functionality

                            Best Uses

                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                            I use this product primarily to have basic HD monitoring while I edit on my home suite. It works as advertised and pumps external video via HDMI to my Samsung 40" with no lag whatsoever. I've used it with Final Cut and Media Composer successfully.

                            I'm a little disappointed that so far I have not found an easy way to switch the external video on and off in Final Cut -- the usual tapping of command+F12 does not in fact do the trick; it seems you have to manually drill in to external video and set it to 'none', and then manually set the audio to follow as well. I've yet to really dig into whether there's a better workaround for this behavior though.

                            All in all a great product for the price!!

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                            3.0

                            Works good most of time.

                            By DeathStep

                            from Los Angeles

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                              I got this unit to display video on 47" screen while I edit, and for monitoring Color correction. Mostly though, I was tired of the stop motion effect I was seeing when I monitored just using the video card from my Mac Pro, on the larger monitor.

                              It's definitely a crisper image, to the sometimes detriment of the source. It has definitely helped to reveal some of the shortcomings in an image.

                              Occasionally it will hiccup on an image or stumble over an edit, but I don't know if that is just the speed of my drives.

                              It was pretty easy to set-up and use.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Simple and Elegant

                              By P'adro

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                              • No Avid Capture option

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                              I use Final Cut 7 and Avid 5. I am able to set up a Client monitor for both with ease. Avid automatically identified the matrox hardware, and FCP requires only a setting at the outset of the project. It is an economical way to get around more expensive options.

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                              4.0

                              Easy to install, works, great

                              By virtus

                              from switzerland

                              About Me Business Owner

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                              • Limited Compatibility

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films

                              Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini for Desktop Systems:

                              I'M using it as an avid editor, as a preview box. It's great to bring MC picture out to a full HD Screen. Easy to install and handle. I'm very happy with it. I can it recommend - absolutely

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