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The MXO2 (Thunderbolt) from Matrox is a device designed to provide all the features of an I/O card in a sturdy breakout box for your desktop. It's got connections for both professional audio and video, including an input and output each for HDMI, component video, composite video, and Y/C (S-Video); for audio, there's dual XLR ins and four outs as well as stereo AES/EBU and analog audio I/O. In addition, you've got an HD/SD-SDI input and two such outputs. Your options for high-quality monitoring couldn't be more versatile. 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.
Along with broadcast-quality audio & HD video input and output, the MXO2 provides calibration controls that include blue-only. Audio monitoring is a strong suit of the unit, as well: With six analog audio outs, you can perform full 5.1 surround sound monitoring. 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.
Note: Requires a Thunderbolt cable.
Works with Mac desktop systems and laptops with Thunderbolt ports
Fits in a laptop bag
4-pin XLR power connector for AC or field battery operation
HD/SD-SDI, HD/SD analog component, Y/C, and composite inputs and outputs
RCA, XLR, and AES/EBU audio inputs and outputs
Genlock – SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level sync
10-bit HDMI input, output, and monitoring with calibration controls including blue-only via the Matrox Calibration Utility
10-bit real-time hardware up/down/cross-conversion on capture and output
Up to five user selectable simultaneous video outputs: HD and/or SD on HDMI, SDI, and analog
RS-422 machine control for frame-accurate capture and print-to-tape
Captures to virtually all codecs, including Apple ProRes 422 HQ and 10-bit uncompressed HD
File-based workflow support – XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, P2
RED workflow support
HD-SDI closed captioning support
Works with Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Apple Color, Adobe After Effects and all QuickTime applications that support the V-out component
Three-year hardware warranty and complimentary telephone support from Matrox
Matrox MXO2 is a portable I/O device for the Mac. It fits into a laptop bag and connects directly to standard field batteries or the included AC power adapter
HD and SD Inputs & Outputs
Matrox MXO2 features professional inputs and outputs. RS-422 machine control is provided for frame-accurate capture and print-to tape with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. A 4-pin XLR power connection is provided for AC or field battery operation. Up to five user-selectable simultaneous video outputs – HD and/or SD – on HDMI, SDI, and analog are supported
Audio Inputs & Outputs
Matrox MXO2 offers two channels each of RCA (unbalanced), XLR (balanced), and AES/EBU (unbalanced) audio inputs, in addition embedded audio on the HDMI and SDI inputs. For outputs, the box has six channels of analog audio via RCA, four channels of XLR, and dual AES/EBU channels
Matrox MXO2 provides SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD trilevel sync genlock. It can genlock to any type of video input or to house sync. Timing offset controls can be used to align your video output relative to your external genlock source to compensate for cable delays within your facility
Capture to a Variety of Codecs
Matrox MXO2 lets you capture to HD and SD codecs supported by Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. On a Quad-Core Mac Pro, you can capture HD to ProRes 422 HQ, DVCPRO HD, DV, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50. On systems equipped with proper storage you can capture uncompressed 8- and 10-bit HD
Matrox MXO2 lets you work with file-based formats such as XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, P2, and P2HD. You can play out these formats directly from Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro. No intermediate codec is needed. Matrox MXO2 lets you play out these formats from a MacBook Pro without dropping frames
RED users can benefit from Matrox MXO2 to capture, monitor, and play back on set. Back in the post suite, they can use Matrox MXO2 to work with 1K and 2K RED timelines and output to SD, 720, or 1080 via MXO2's real-time 10-bit hardware scaling feature
HD-SDI Closed-Captioning Support
You will no longer need to spend time and money recreating HD captioning data that is typically lost when editing projects in Final Cut Pro. Matrox MXO2 offers a unique workflow to capture, play back, and preserve closed-captioning data while editing. Nothing is destroyed even when trimming or color-correcting video clips. In addition, Matrox has worked with CPC, the closed-captioning software leader, to develop an innovative solution that allows the MacCaption software to encode, decode, edit, and create HD & SD closed captioning for use with Matrox MXO2. Matrox MXO2 also provides a cost-effective way to monitor HD timelines containing closed-captioning data on SDI and component SD monitors, while also inserting closed-captioning information into line 21 of active video for SD deliverables. You can deliver HD and SD masters containing closed captions simultaneously
HD & SD Video Monitoring
Matrox MXO2 turns your HDMI monitor into a true-color video display you can trust, even for color grading. It's packed with features that make it the ideal monitoring solution for Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Color, Adobe After Effects, and other QuickTime-based applications. You won't need to buy expensive HD monitoring equipment. In addition, MXO2's real-time downscaling feature lets you view your HD projects on an SD monitor
HDMI Monitoring with 10-bit 4:2:2 Color Precision
Matrox MXO2 lets you adjust and control your HDMI monitor exactly like you would a broadcast HD/SD monitor. Controls for hue, chroma, contrast, brightness, and blue-only are provided. This unique control gives you accurate color representation so that you can use your HDMI monitor even for color grading
Pixel-to-Pixel Mapping on HDMI Displays
Matrox MXO2 provides 1:1 pixel mapping on HDMI monitors that support this feature
Real-Time Conversion, Capture & Output
Matrox MXO2 lets you deliver in any format your clients demand. The 10-bit hardware scaling provides high-quality mastering
Matrox MXO2 offers hardware acceleration of Final Cut Pro Dynamic RT segments, HDV, and DVCPRO HD
HD to SD Downscaling
Matrox MXO2 provides real-time HD to SD downscaling with proper conversion of the HD color space to the SD color space and proper aspect ratio conversion to anamorphic, letterbox, and center cut. You can monitor or record an SD master of your HD project in real time
SD to HD Upscaling
Matrox MXO2 provides real-time SD to HD upscaling with proper conversion of the SD color space to the HD color space. MXO2 will "pillarbox" 4:3 footage and scale 16:9 SD footage to full screen
Matrox MXO2 offers real-time cross-conversion from 720 to 1080 and 1080 to 720 lines. Real-time frame rate conversion is also supported with 2:3:2:3 and 2:3:3:2 cadences. This feature is useful if, for example, your source material is recorded at a different frame rate or resolution from the delivery format that your client requires. It also facilitates monitoring when, for example, you need to work with 23.98 fps footage but your monitor does not support that frame rate. You can use MXO2's real-time frame rate conversion to view your project at 29.97 fps. Conversion from 23.98 fps to 25 fps is handled by Final Cut Pro and the host
Via its HD-SDI connectors, Matrox MXO2 supports Active Format Description (AFD) transmission
H.264 & .MOV Playback Application
The Matrox Vetura standalone application conveniently plays back your H.264 and .mov files