NAB 2012: Matrox Video Systems
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Matrox brought some interesting new products and made some welcomed announcements at NAB 2012. First, the company announced support for Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium and Adobe Mercury Transmit with the Matrox MXO2 family of I/O devices and the Matrox Mojito MAX I/O card, which provide broadcast-quality video and audio input, output, and monitoring. The full range of Matrox I/O products, available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers, starts at $449 U.S.
The Matrox MXO2 family of products, with the Matrox Mojito MAX I/O card.
Matrox also announced support for Apple's Final Cut Pro X 10.0.4 update by releasing a software update for all Matrox MXO2 I/O devices and the Matrox Mojito MAX card, thus completing broadcast monitoring support. Apple's update allows video and audio output to a variety of external monitors and other gear using the SDI, HDMI, or analog video outputs from Matrox products. Matrox I/O solutions for Final Cut Pro X also include 10-bit hardware scaling, inexpensive HD monitoring with the Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility, and 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound monitoring using professional connections.
Matrox unveiled the Matrox MicroQuad (see image at end of article), a four-channel SDI-to-MDMI multi-viewer priced at $995. The MicroQuad is intended for OB vans, on-set productions, and live events and allows users monitor up to four SDI inputs on a single HDMI display in quadrant view, or toggle to a full-screen view at the touch of a button. Matrox MicroQuad is scheduled to ship this July.
The company also announced support for the Mac with HD-SDI scan converters. Matrox Convert DVI and Matrox Convert DVI Plus HD-SDI scan converters are now available to Mac users with all the features available previously only on PC. Matrox Convert DVI scan converters allow broadcasters to incorporate content from a computer, iPad, or iPhone into news programs, with ease and cost effectively. The scan converters can also create broadcast video from Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, FaceTime, media players, presentation software, and web browsers. Matrox Convert DVI is priced at $995 and Matrox Convert DVI Plus is priced at $1,495.
Matrox also introduced new multi-channel 3G, HD and SD I/O cards. The Matrox DSX LE3 family of cost effective I/O cards are aimed at developers of video servers, broadcast graphics systems, channel-in-a-box products and live streaming solutions. AmberFin and EditShare are two such developers that have already incorporated the Matrox DSX LE3 card into their offerings.
Matrox's DualHead2Go external multi-display adapter lets Mac users add up to two monitors to a Mac notebook or desktop. It comes in a small box and connects to the Thunderbolt port or Mini DisplayPort video output of Mac notebooks or desktops and can drive two displays with a maximum resolution (each) of 1920 x 1200. Priced at $179, the DualHead2Go is seen as an easy and inexpensive way to expand the desktop. It comes bundled with Matrox PowerDesk desktop management software to configure multi-display set-ups. A new Desktop Divider feature lets users customize their desktop space. The Matrox DualHead2Go Digital ME is available in June.
Also new at NAB 2012 was the Matrox Avio F120, an extender to drive uncompressed dual-DVI peripherals using a single fiber-optic cable up to 2,000 meters. This is the first in a new line of fiber-optic KVM extenders, said the company, and is designed for graphics- intensive and visualization applications. The uncompressed fiber-optic transmission maintains full frame-rate HD video playback with no latency at the remote station. The Avio F120 is also system agnostic and offer wide OS compatibility, which makes it a true plug-and-play solution. It will be available in May.
What Matrox brought to NAB 2012 is a reflection of important trends in our industry. By announcing support for Adobe CS 6 and FCP X 10.0.4 update, Matrox showed that it plays well with others...and understands that its customers need to create production and post ecosystems as easily as possible. Some of the great prices (a four-channel SDI-to-MDMI multi-viewer for under $1,000?) acknowledged that customers need to do more with tighter budgets. The company's scan converters give broadcasters a solution for bringing content to air from all kinds of online devices, bringing the broadcast and Internet worlds closer.
Companies in our industry have to pay attention like never before. If NAB 2012 is any indication, that's just what Matrox is doing.