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Matrox MXO2 Mini with MAX (Thunderbolt)

B&H # MAMXO2MMT Mfr # MXO2MINIMAX/T
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Product Highlights
  • Use with Thunderbolt-Enabled Macs
  • MAX H.264 Encoder
  • 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

The MXO2 Mini with MAX (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 model features Matrox MAX, a technology that implements faster than real-time H.264 encoding for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD. It uses a dedicated hardware processor to accelerate the creation of H.264 files for Blu-ray, the web, and mobile devices. By using specialized hardware acceleration, jobs are finished more quickly and system resources are freed up for other tasks. This technology allows direct export to higher-quality H.264 Blu-ray compliant files from Compressor.

The MXO2 Mini'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.

Key Features

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

Matrox MAX

Faster-than-real-time creation of H.264 files supports resolutions ranging from iPod to HD at bit rates up to 50 Mb/s. MAX technology is designed to save you time
A specialized, dedicated hardware processor liberates system resources for other tasks. Matrox MAX offloads CPU-intensive encoding tasks to a dedicated hardware engine to crunch out your files for Blu-ray, the web, and mobile devices, without sacrificing quality. The Matrox MAX hardware engine offers sophisticated encoding capabilities such as:

  • Baseline and main profile encoding algorithms
  • CABAC entropy encoding for high quality
  • CAVLC entropy encoding for mobile devices
  • High-quality scaling with de-interlacing
  • Color space conversions: HD to SD, SD to HD, RGB to YUV
  • GOP structure controls
  • Bit rate controls from 100 Kb/s to 50 Mb/s
Accelerated encoding is available for Blu-ray, PS3, Apple TV, YouTube, Flash, web formats, and mobile devices, including iPhone and iPod from various video sources, including 2K files
Direct integration with Apple Compressor lets you quickly create H.264 files for Blu-ray, PS3, Apple TV, YouTube, Flash, web formats, and mobile devices including iPhone and iPod. You can take advantage of all the familiar settings in your favorite application or use the Matrox MAX presets – or customize your own. As an added benefit, Matrox MAX technology lets you directly export to higher-quality H.264 Blu-ray compliant files from Compressor. A growing list of presets are available, including:

  • HD 1080i, 1080p, 720p
  • NTSC, PAL
  • Apple TV
  • iPod
  • iPhone
  • YouTube
  • Customizable settings can be created easily to meet special needs
Matrox MAX technology is also accessible to all applications that support the QuickTime codec component, such as Final Cut Pro and QuickTime. You get delivery of H.264 files at resolutions from iPod to HD directly from the application
Matrox MAX technology lets you create Blu-ray H.264 video files directly from Compressor that can be authored in Adobe Encore CS5 and burned without re-encoding. To create a Blu-ray disc without Matrox MAX technology, you typically rely on your authoring application and your system CPU to re-encode your project into a Blu-ray compliant file
Support is available for Apple Qmaster to take advantage of multiple systems with a Matrox MAX processing engine, for distributed encoding across a network
Inputs Video:
(1) HDMI HD 10-bit
(1) Component HD/SD 10-bit
(1) Y/C (S-Video) 10-bit
(1) Composite 10-bit

Audio:
(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

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

System Requirements
  • Mac systems with a Thunderbolt port
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) 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 with MAX (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 with MAX (Thunderbolt)
     
    4.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Improves performance (3)

    Cons

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        4.0

        Very useful

        By Mike

        from Iowa City

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini with MAX (Thunderbolt):

          This breakout box is useful for acquiring high-definition video using a standard HD camera (I use it with a Canon XH-A1s). It also has hardware H.264 encoding capability (although I have a Matrox Mojito card in my Mac Pro that I use for that purpose.

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          5.0

          MUST HAVE FOR QUICK H264 EXPORT

          By Tom / GO4MORE

          from Brussels, Belgium

          About Me Camerman, Editor, TV Producer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Full Screen Monitoring
            • H264 Export

            Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini with MAX (Thunderbolt):

            Perfect for:

            * full screen monitoring with Avid MC/Symphony
            * quick H264 EXPORT

            I used the MXO2 mini MAX on a gig where we had to film in the evening, and I had to edit during the night and deliver in the morning for a presentation.
            The H264 export rolls out in real time, so I don't have to worry about export times anymore.

            I can either deliver one bitrate in a short time for a quick turnover, or give my client several bitrates of one video.

            At home it gives me a full screen playback, which is a bliss to work with.

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            • No

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            5.0

            works great

            By Mike

            from Iowa City, Iowa

            About Me Business Owner

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Event videography

              Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini with MAX (Thunderbolt):

              This product works great for acquiring component HD video and audio for my videography business. Very high quality and highly dependeable. Software support is also very good. I also use the H.264 decoder for out of the studio video encoding.

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              3.0

              Pretty good I/O for the money

              By Georgia Video Guy

              from Americus, Georgia

              About Me Corporate Videos, Photography, Professional Video, TV Commercials

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • DSLR footage simple
              • Good basic IO setup
              • Setup was relatively easy

              Cons

              • Codec conversion clunky
              • HDMI output Source only

              Best Uses

              • Commercials
              • Corporate Videos
              • Educational Purposes
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Matrox MXO2 Mini with MAX (Thunderbolt):

              I am using it with a New IMAC complete with 16Gig of RAM and Adobe Premier Pro. I have only had it installed for a week. It took a few times of making sure that everything was plugged in properly before I could get it up and going. It finally worked. I have not been able to see the effects of the "MAX" part yet. I tried output of a 1920x1080 using Max H264 and it would not work, rather I had to use the standard H264 codec via quicktime to compress? And the output HDMI seems to only show the source side in my output monitor not my record side? I didn't realize that I was not going to be able to digitize with Premier rather I have to use the supplied basic software that came with the Matrox to bring the footage in and then import it into Premier. That's a first for me as I have been using Final Cut where you can digitize it directly in. I have imported, via HDMI, HDV footage directly off of the tape in the Sony Z7U and I have used native Canon 5DMarkII DSLR footage and it worked fine. The catch is that you have to be very specific with the setup in Premier before you bring the footage in for edit or else you will have problems. I have not used the composite side of the box yet. Would I recommend it? Yes but certainly not the most ideal situation.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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