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Matrox MXO2 Mini (Thunderbolt)

Matrox MXO2 Mini (Thunderbolt)


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Product Highlights

  • Use with Thunderbolt-Enabled Macs
  • HDMI & Analog Video / Audio I/O
  • Small Footprint
  • Video Capture, Playback & Conversion
  • Use with Industry-Standard NLE Software
  • HDMI Color Calibration Utility
  • HDMI Surround Sound Monitoring
  • Telephone Support Included
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Sugg Retail Price: $549.00

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The MXO2 Mini (Thunderbolt) 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, via its HDMI, composite, component, analog audio, and S-Video inputs & outputs. And of course, this MXO2 includes a Thunderbolt adapter, which supplies the blazing-fast connection to a computer for a data transfer rate of up to 10 Gb/s.

This device's small footprint makes it easy to transport. You also benefit from a wide variety of HD and SD workflows with Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro thanks to Matrox MXO2's 10-bit hardware up/down/cross-conversion scaling engine and support for a wide variety of file-based formats and industry-standard codecs. Moreover, its color-calibration tool can be used to turn your HDMI monitor into a professional-grade video monitor, so you can monitor your work in Avid Media Composer or NewsCutter, for instance.

Note: Requires a Thunderbolt cable.

Enjoy broadcast-quality HD/SD video and audio input/output. Capture & play back high-definition video via HDMI and analog component. Capture & play back NTSC and PAL via analog component, S-Video, and composite. Output HD and SD video simultaneously, and input & output stereo RCA audio and up to 8 channels of HDMI audio
This model is designed for use Thunderbolt-enabled Macs
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
A 10-bit hardware-based scaling engine allows for real-time up-, down-, and cross-conversion upon 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, or capture live video directly from your AVCHD camera's HDMI output, bypassing the compression entirely
It is compatible with your applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro & Color, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects & Photoshop, among others
Hardware acceleration of Final Cut Pro Dynamic RT segments, HDV, and DVCPRO HD
10-bit HDMI input, output and monitoring with the unique Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility
Matrox Vetura standalone application for convenient playback of your H.264 and .mov files
Inputs Video:
(1) HDMI HD 10-bit
(1) Component HD/SD 10-bit
(1) Y/C (S-Video) 10-bit
(1) Composite 10-bit

(2) RCA (unbalanced)
(1) HDMI embedded up to 8 channels

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

(2) RCA (unbalanced)
(1) HDMI embedded up to 8 channels

System Requirements
  • Mac systems with a Thunderbolt port
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • One free Thunderbolt port (Thunderbolt devices can be daisy-chained; this is an endpoint device)
  • If using MXO2 Mini with Final Cut Studio 2, 2 GB physical memory (RAM) when working with compressed HD and uncompressed SD sources, or 4 GB physical memory (RAM) when working with uncompressed HD sources
  • HDMI monitor that supports 1920 x 1080 and "dot-by-dot" mode is recommended for 1:1 pixel mapping
Dimensions (HxWxD) MXO2 Mini box only: 6.5 x 4.6 x 1.5" (166 x 110 x 40mm)
Weight MXO2 Mini box only: 9.9 oz (280g)
Matrox MXO2 Mini (Thunderbolt)
  • MXO2 Thunderbolt Adapter
  • Multi-Pin Cable to Connect Thunderbolt Adapter to MXO2 Mini
  • Matrox MXO2 Mini External Power Supply
  • 2 x S-Video Adapters
  • 3 Year Hardware Warranty & Complimentary Telephone Support from Matrox

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    MatroxMXO2 Mini (Thunderbolt)

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    Better than I expected

    By rperez

    from Canberra, Australia

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer


    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality


      Best Uses

      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini (Thunderbolt):

      Video quality is great, a real value for money. Ideal for big and small studios alike.

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      Good Product

      By Remsy

      from Chicago

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer


      • Compact Design
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality


      • Lacks Functionality
      • Limited Compatibility
      • Poor Performance

      Best Uses

      • In The Studio

      Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini (Thunderbolt):

      I use this product to give an HDMI signal to my 52" Sony Bravia TV while I edit and animate in CS5.5 & FCP7. It works for the most part but is a seriously finicky piece of hardware. Installation took a few hours and some time with tech support, and getting a color accurate signal requires a good deal of tweaking and doesn't seem 100% accurate.

      In Premiere the box only monitors from Matrox conformed sequences, which is not a huge deal but does require some additional rendering. With a CUDA card I'm sure it would soar, but unfortunately I don't get much GPU assistance with my ATI card.

      If you absolutely must power an HD monitor this is a pretty good solution for 1080P monitoring. But the supoprted features are somewhat restricted.

      I have not used the capture features so I can't speak to them. The audio is kind of a pain... I used to use an Mbox but couldn't monitor through it in a Matrox sequence. This required a -10DB box between the Matrox and my genelecs, and doesn't offer good preamp audio controls. Definitely a pain to use.

      All that to say, the box gives me a great image for a 1080P image, which is more or less all I needed. But to be honest I would probably spend a bit more cash and get something like the Blackmagic Monitor and AJA T-Tap to get true SDI monitoring on a killer setup while still feeding my TV. If you need Capture it is a different story I guess.

      Matrox customer support is amazing though. Best I've dealt with in a while, and they always get to the bottom of the issues (at the cost of your time).

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