MOTU HD Express Video Interface (Laptop)

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MOTU HD Express Video Interface (Laptop)
Key Features
  • Capture and Monitor HD & SD (NTSC/PAL)
  • ExpressCard Interface for Laptop System
  • Supports Final Cut Pro & Premiere Pro
  • HDMI, Composite, S-Video, Component
The MOTU HD Express Video Interface is a high-definition video and audio capture and monitoring device with support for Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. The HD Express connects to your laptop computer by filling an open ExpressCard slot. The ExpressCard then connects via the included HDMI cable to the main 1RU, half-rack-wide I/O interface.

The HD Express features HDMI input and output, for both capture and monitoring of HDMI-conveyed video and its eight embedded channels of audio. The HDMI input enables you to directly connect an HDMI-capable camera and capture full-raster, uncompressed HD video straight from its image sensor(s), before it's processed and recorded. The video interface's HDMI output enables monitoring on any modern flat-panel monitor or projector with a corresponding input. Resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 are supported.

For import to your nonlinear editor, select the supported codec of your choice for video captured with HD Express, and the video interface will support it for monitoring output. By importing the video directly as a supported codec (such as Apple ProRes or ProRes HQ in Final Cut Pro) from the HD Express, you eliminate unnecessary compression stages that might result from copying wrapped video files to the desktop.

The HD Express also supports broadcast-quality SD video capture and monitoring for both PAL and NTSC regions. The device features connections for component HD/SD, composite, and S-Video in 10-bit 4:2:2.

Owing to MOTU's technological heritage, audio is well-served by the HD Express interface. Besides embedded audio channels from the HDMI connections, there's also S/PDIF in and out, stereo RCA analog audio input, and eight channels of RCA analog audio out, for monitoring on 5.1 or 7.1 surround-sound speakers. The interface supports all standard audio sample rates from 44.1 to 96 kHz.

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MOTU HD Express Overview

The MOTU HD Express Video Interface is a high-definition video and audio capture and monitoring device with support for Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. The HD Express connects to your laptop computer by filling an open ExpressCard slot. The ExpressCard then connects via the included HDMI cable to the main 1RU, half-rack-wide I/O interface.

The HD Express features HDMI input and output, for both capture and monitoring of HDMI-conveyed video and its eight embedded channels of audio. The HDMI input enables you to directly connect an HDMI-capable camera and capture full-raster, uncompressed HD video straight from its image sensor(s), before it's processed and recorded. The video interface's HDMI output enables monitoring on any modern flat-panel monitor or projector with a corresponding input. Resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 are supported.

For import to your nonlinear editor, select the supported codec of your choice for video captured with HD Express, and the video interface will support it for monitoring output. By importing the video directly as a supported codec (such as Apple ProRes or ProRes HQ in Final Cut Pro) from the HD Express, you eliminate unnecessary compression stages that might result from copying wrapped video files to the desktop.

The HD Express also supports broadcast-quality SD video capture and monitoring for both PAL and NTSC regions. The device features connections for component HD/SD, composite, and S-Video in 10-bit 4:2:2.

Owing to MOTU's technological heritage, audio is well-served by the HD Express interface. Besides embedded audio channels from the HDMI connections, there's also S/PDIF in and out, stereo RCA analog audio input, and eight channels of RCA analog audio out, for monitoring on 5.1 or 7.1 surround-sound speakers. The interface supports all standard audio sample rates from 44.1 to 96 kHz.

HDMI video capture and monitoring for Mac & PC--capture uncompressed-quality, digital HD from HDMI-equipped camcorders. Monitor pixel for pixel on plasma and LCD screens
Analog video I/O--capture and monitor component HD or SD, plus composite and S-Video (NTSC or PAL)
Connects to a Mac or PC laptop via ExpressCard for ultra-fast operation
Comprehensive video capture & monitoring--supports all standard SD and HD video formats up to and including 1080p30 (720p, 1080i, 1080p & 1080PsF)
Captures and plays uncompressed HD and SD--10-bit 4:2:2 color depth and 1920 x 1080 resolution
Support for ProRes and other popular codecs--capture and monitor full-raster (1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720) Apple ProRes, ProRes HQ, or other popular host-based codecs supported by Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro
Support for file-based workflows--lets you capture, edit and monitor in any codec supported natively in Final Cut, including XDCAM, P2, AVC Intra, DVCPRO and others with no transcoding needed
Broadcast quality--10-bit 4:2:2 signal path throughout
Comprehensive audio--capture 8 channels of embedded HDMI audio. Play back stereo, 5.1, or even 7.1 surround sound directly to powered speakers. Connect speakers, a home theater amp or an audio mixer and monitor your mix in stereo or full 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. Also provides S/PDIF digital I/O with sample-rate conversion
Supports 12 channels of simultaneous audio input and 16 channels of simultaneous audio output
Front-panel 1/4" headphone jack with dedicated volume control
Half rack space form factor with dedicated connectors--no cable swapping or gangly, inconvenient breakout cables. Includes rack mounting brackets
UPC: 839128005655

MOTU HD Express Specs

Operating SystemMac OS X
(Coming soon: Windows 7 / Vista / XP)
Minimum System Requirements1 GB of RAM; 2 GB or more is recommended
Available ExpressCard x1 slot
Large hard disk drive (preferably at least 500 GB)
CD-ROM disc drive for installation
For Mac OS X:
Multi-processor or multi-core Intel Mac
Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later
For use with Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 or later; Final Cut Pro 7.0 or later is recommended under Mac OS X v10.6
For Windows:
Available soon as free download
Software SupportedFinal Cut Pro 6.0.5 or higher on Mac OS X
(Coming soon: Adobe Premiere Pro 4.0.1 or higher on Windows 7 / Vista / XP)
DriversSupports CoreAudio driver
(Coming soon: support for Wave and ASIO drivers)
Video Input/Output1x HDMI in and out (4:2:2 10-bit, YCbCr, or RGB)
1x DVI output with HDMI-to-DVI adapter (sold separately)
1x HD/SD component in and out (10-bit, YPbPr, or RGB) on 3x RCAs
1x composite in (10-bit) on RCA
1x S-Video in (10-bit) on 4-pin mini-DIN
1x composite in and out (10-bit CVBS) on shared RCA
1x S-Video in and out (10-bit Y/C) on shared RCA
Video FormatsSD: 576i25 (PAL), 486i29.97 (NTSC)
HD: 720p23.976, 720p24, 720p25, 720p29.97, 720p30, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080p23.976, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080PsF23.976, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080i25, 1080i29.97, 1080i30
Audio Input/Output8x RCA analog outputs
2x RCA analog input
2x S/PDIF digital input and output with sample rate conversion
8x HDMI embedded audio in and out
Sample RatesSupports all standard audio sample rates from 44.1 to 96 kHz
Headphone Jack1/4" w/ volume knob; matches analog outputs 1-2 on rear panel
Rack HeightWith rack ears attached, fits in one-half of a standard 19 inch (48.3 cm) rack at 1U high
DimensionsExcluding rack ears, knobs & connectors: 1.75 x 8.6 x 7" (4.4 x 21.9 x 17.8 cm)
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.9 x 11.5 x 5.3"
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