Matrox Compress-HD

Matrox Compress-HD

Matrox Compress-HD


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  • H.264 Conversion
  • Supports Multiple Resolutions
  • Dedicated Hardware
  • Use with Apple Compressor
  • Use with Adobe Media Encoder
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Matrox Compress-HD overview

  • 1Description

The Compress-HD from Matrox uses Matrox MAX technology to realize real-time H.264 encoding of resolutions ranging from iPod to HD. It features a dedicated hardware processor to accelerate the creation of H.264 files for Blu-Ray, the web, and mobile devices.

Special hardware acceleration is designed to provide superior speed without taxing system resources. This card can be integrated with professional applications such as Apple Compressor on the Mac and Adobe Media Encoder on the PC. A direct export feature provides higher quality H.264 Blu-Ray compliant files from Compressor.

This card offers real-time creation of H.264 files at resolutions ranging from iPod to HD and at bit rates up to 50Mbps by using Matrox MAX technology
This solution will function in systems with or without a video I/O device to enhance your delivery workflow
Extend the life of your current system investment with the ability to deliver premium H.264 formats
The card has a low-profile, half-length PCIe x1 card form factor
It works in systems with Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 or higher, Windows XP (32-bit), and Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit)
A specialized, dedicated hardware processor liberates system resources for other tasks
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 on the Mac and Adobe Media Encoder on the PC simplifies workflow
Blu-Ray H.264 files can be authored in Adobe Encore CS4 and Roxio Toast 10 then burned without re-encoding
Support for Apple Qmaster takes advantage of multiple systems with a Matrox MAX processing engine for distributed encoding across a network
UPC: 630396222153
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Matrox Compress-HD
  • Three-Year Hardware Warranty & Complimentary Telephone Support
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Matrox Compress-HD specs

    Resolutions Blu-ray, PS3, PS3, HD Web Video Archiving:
    720 x 480
    720 x 576
    1280 x 720
    1920 x 1080i
    1920 x 1080
    Frame Rates:
    29.97, 59.97
    25, 50
    23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.97
    25, 29.97
    23.98, 25, 29.97
    Bit-Rate Range:
    512Kbps to 3Mbps
    1 to 50Mbps

    Apple TV, YouTube, HD, Podcasts, Webcasts
    640 x 480 (4:3)
    640 x 360 (16:9)
    640 x 272 (2.35:1)
    720 x 480 (4:3)
    960 x 540 (16:9)
    1280 x 960 (4:3)
    1280 x 720 (16:9)
    1280 x 544 (2.35:1)
    Frame Rates:
    15, 23.98, 25, 29.97
    15, 23.98, 25, 29.97
    Bit-Rate Range:
    512Kbps to 3Mbps
    1 to 20Mbps

    iPod, iPhone, Flash, YouTube, Portable Devices
    640 x 480 (4:3)
    640 x 360 (16:9)
    640 x 272 (2.35:1)
    320 x 240 (4:3)
    320 x 180 (16:9)
    320 x 136 (2.35:1)
    Frame Rates:
    15, 23.98, 25, 29.97
    15, 23.98, 25, 29.97
    Bit-Rate Range:
    512Kbps to 3Mbps
    100Kbps to 1Mbps

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 6.5 x 1.5"

    Matrox Compress-HD reviews

    Compress-HD is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Still needs software update to compete I did some extensive testing on a loaner card that Matrox sent me to try out. While it does indeed speed things up tremendously the quality is no where near what Compressor will do on it's own. The main reason, which I fou8nd out after several weeks of discussions with their engineers, is that their software does not automatically recognize scene changes. Compressor does this and inserts a keyframe. They are supposedly working on this for a future software upgrade. When this is added , this will hopefully be a fantastic encoding solution. Until then I would wait if quality is of importance to you.
    Date published: 2009-12-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definately Speeds Up H.264 Encoding The Compress-HD by Matrox is a good tool, we have two, one for Mac and one for PC. The one in our Mac works with Compressor and more than doubles the speed of H.264 encoding. The Matrox website claims up to 5x faster which is a bit exagerated but still it is a time saver. The Compress-HD card we have in our PC works with our Matrox MX02 and does real time H.264 ingest. HD sizes like 720p and 1080i/p work great. This saves us the need to transcode for web publishing. This is a huge time saver and I am really impressed.
    Date published: 2012-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Realtime MP4 encoding New 4.21 drivers work with the RTX2. Realtime encoding with 1920x1080, so 1 hour time line takes about 1 hour to encode. The card has 1920x1080, but if you're using it in Premiere with the RTX2, your actual resolution is 1440 upscaled to 1920. So if you camera has 1920 resolution, the RTX2 will downscale it to 1440, and then the Compress HD will upscale to 1920. It does pretty good quality video, but is limited to 1 pass CBR. Card can get hot, and will lockup if it overheats, so at a fan to blow at it.
    Date published: 2010-03-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Time Saver If you are looking to author Blu-Ray discs and like most of us don't have the time to wait around for overnight and beyond render times then look no further. I am using this board inconjunction with a Mac Pro System. Prior to purchase my first render in Encore tok 14.5 hours to complete, via the software. The same project run through this board took 3 1/4 hours. The compression looks great and at 20 Mbs data rate the Blu-Ray output is stunning. The encoded files can be brought right into Encore so that all you have to do is burn your disc. There are presets i the board software, but you can take a preset and customize the data rate to suit your needs. There are two drawbacks to the board. Number one, Matrox claims real time or better on encodes and no matter what I do, it takes more than real time to encode my projects which are generally just under two hours. The board does a single pass and not multiple pass encode. On DVD's because of the lower data rate, I always do a two pass encode and you can see the difference. With the blu-ray discs because the data rate is so high it doesn't really seem to make a difference or at least from what I can see but it would be nice to have.
    Date published: 2010-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from lightening fast h.264 encoding Amazingly fast h.264 encoding and fantastic quality. Can't be beat
    Date published: 2010-10-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great, But Already Obsolete It's a great product and works as it claims. My Early-2008 Mac Pro 8-Core with 32GB of RAM and a few SSDs renders out 720p60 projects from Final Cut Pro X through Compressor in roughly 2x real-time while leaving my machine untaxed and usable for anything else. Which is all fine, except the reason it earns a 2 star rating is because Matrox's support is terrible. Even for an IT pro like myself, getting the drivers working was a nightmare. Matrox's support itself is mostly done through a community forum, and worst of all, they dropped ALL support for this, and all other MAX platform products for anything other than Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and OS X Yosemite - so no Windows 10 or El Capitan support; which as far as I'm concerned makes this product mostly useless unless you're OK with staying on an older operating system to support the hardware. You're likely better off spending the same money on a high-end video card with a hardware h264 encoder & OpenGL/CUDA support.
    Date published: 2015-12-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good card We bought this to compress video from Final Cut Studio. We found it provides better quality than the native compressor and does it somewhat faster. It also does HD, which we are not doing yet but want to. Good for professional or advanced amateur use, but probably too expensive for most hobbyists.
    Date published: 2010-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great It does give you real time Blu-ray encoding even though it only offers 20mb/sec on windows and not 45 like on macs but still good quality video and for web too it does faster than real time to encode a clip for web
    Date published: 2009-11-23
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