The MXO2 LE with MAX (Thunderbolt) from Matrox is a device designed to provide all the features of an I/O card in a sturdy, portable breakout box. It's got connections for both professional audio and video, including an input and output each for HD HDMI, component video, composite video, and Y/C (S-Video); for audio, there's dual XLR ins and outs as well as stereo 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 LE box includes a Thunderbolt adapter, which supplies the blazing-fast connection to a computer for a data transfer rate of up to 10 Gb/s.
Designed for Mac laptop and desktop systems with a Thunderbolt port, 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.
Along with broadcast-quality audio & HD video input and output, the MXO2 LE provides calibration controls that include blue-only. You also benefit from a wide variety of HD and SD workflows with Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro thanks to Matrox MXO2 LE's 10-bit hardware up/down/cross-conversion scaling engine and support for a wide variety of file-based formats and industry-standard codecs.
Matrox MXO2 LE is a portable I/O device for the Mac. It fits into a travel bag and connects directly to standard field batteries or the included AC power adapter.
HD and SD Inputs & Outputs
Matrox MXO2 LE 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.
Matrox MXO2 LE 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 LE lets you capture to HD and SD codecs supported by Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. On a Quad-Core MacPro, 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 LE 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 LE lets you play out these formats from a MacBook Pro without dropping frames.
RED users can benefit from Matrox MXO2 LE to capture, monitor, and play back on set. Back in the post suite, they can use Matrox MXO2 LE to work with 1K and 2K RED timelines and output to SD, 720, or 1080 via MXO2 LE'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 LE 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 LE. Matrox MXO2 LE 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 LE 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 LE'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 LE 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 LE provides 1:1 pixel mapping on HDMI monitors that support this feature.
Real-Time Conversion, Capture & Output
Matrox MXO2 LE lets you deliver in any format your clients demand. The 10-bit hardware scaling provides high-quality mastering.
Matrox MXO2 LE offers hardware acceleration of Final Cut Pro Dynamic RT segments, HDV, and DVCPRO HD.
HD to SD Downscaling
Matrox MXO2 LE 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 LE provides real-time SD to HD upscaling with proper conversion of the SD color space to the HD color space. MXO2 LE will "pillarbox" 4:3 footage and scale 16:9 SD footage to full screen.
Matrox MXO2 LE 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 LE'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.
H.264 & .MOV Playback Application
The Matrox Vetura standalone application conveniently plays back your H.264 and .mov files