Matrox CompressHD

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Overview

Lightning Fast H.264 Encoding Card for Professionals

Matrox CompressHD implements Matrox MAX technology in an amazingly affordable H.264 accelerator card. It works in systems with or without a video I/O device and extends the life of your current system investment, giving you the power you need to deliver today’s premium H.264 formats up to 5 times faster than software alone. This low profile, half-length PCIe x1 card fits into Intel-based Mac Pros and PC workstations and desktop systems. Get yourself a Matrox CompressHD card and deliver your projects in a fraction of the time!

Discover the benefits of Matrox MAX for your favorite app

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Matrox CompressHD Tech Specs

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Matrox CompressHD Technical Specifications

MAX H.264 Encoding Acceleration
Resolutions Even frame sizes from 64 x 64 to 1920 x 1080
Bit rates 100 Kb/s to 50 Mb/s
Frame rates 15, 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, and 60 frames per second
Encoding profiles Baseline (CAVLC) and main (CABAC) profiles
Encoding controls
  • 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2 level support
  • GOP structure
  • Constant bit rate (bit rate remains stable, quality varies
    depending on complexity of each frame)
  • Constant quality (each video frame is analyzed to deliver the
    targeted quality, bit rate varies while keeping the lowest possible bit
    rate)
  • Variable bit rate (squeezes out the highest possible quality
    at the average target bit rate )
  • Noise filtering (saves bits by reducing high frequencies in the
    video)
  • De-interlacing (ensures high-quality encodes of interlaced SD
    and 1080i source material)
  • Data rate slider (produces smoother or more abrupt
    transitions)
  • Sample rate monitoring (verifies compliance with targeted data
    rate)
  • Scene detection (provides multi-pass quality in a single pass
    with Apple Compressor)
Scaling
Dedicated hardware scaler Multi-tap 10-bit realtime processing
Software
H.264 encoding Adobe Encore, Adobe Media Encoder, Apple Compressor, Telestream
Episode
Blu-ray authoring Adobe Encore, Roxio Toast, Apple Compressor
General
Dimensions (3/4-length PCIe card) L: 17 cm (6.75″) × W: 7cm (2.75″) × H: 1 cm (3/8″)
Weight 0.08 lbs (36.29 grams)
Regulatory compliance
  • FCC Class B, CE Mark Class B and ACMA Class B
  • RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
Limited warranty and service 3-year limited warranty with free telephone support
Electrical and Operating Requirements
Power Total power consumption: 10 Watts
Environmental
  • Operating temperature: 0 to 40º C (32 to 104º F)
  • Storage temperature: –40 to 75º C (-40 to 167º
    F)
  • Maximum altitude for operation: 3,000 meters
  • Maximum altitude for transport: 12,000 meters
  • Operating humidity: 20 to 80% relative humidity
    (non-condensing)
  • Storage humidity: 5 to 95% relative humidity
    (non-condensing)
Typical operating voltages and current consumption
  • Voltage +3.3 V – +12 V
  • Current 3.0 A – 0 A
Kit Contents
In the box Matrox CompressHD card

Matrox CompressHD Related Info

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Internet Marketing Guru, Ricky Breslin Saves Time and Money with Matrox CompressHD

“As an internet marketer myself, I’ve been in the trenches and have first-hand experience with what works and what doesn’t,” says Breslin. “To be a savvy online marketer, it’s not just about SEO and Google Analytics—video has become an integral part of the online consumer experience. With this in mind, I am always searching for ways to bring high-quality videos quickly and economically to the web”.

Gear Review Blog by David Hurd

Since TV broadcast is in the process of being replaced by the web, I find myself encoding in H.264 a lot more frequently. The downside is that Apple Compressor is just too slow.

The good news is that Matrox has a product that seriously cuts down your rendering time. And I mean seriously.

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CreativeCOW’s Craig Seeman reviews Matrox CompressHD

“H.264 has finally become “the” codec we’re likely to use for delivery. For web use Quicktime, Flash and now Silverlight use it. In addition it’s part of the Blu-ray specs as well as delivery for iPods and iPhones. While having a single codec certainly simplifies delivery, encoding to H.264 is SLOOOOW. It brings the fastest computers to their knees and our brows cover with sweet as deadlines loom. Matrox CompressHD, with MAX technology, promises to ignite the after burners for H.264 encoding and it certainly delivers.”

Matrox CompressHD Community

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Agreement

This CompressHD User Forum (“Forum”) is a free service provided to you by Matrox Electronics, Inc. (“Matrox”) which is subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. It may also be subject to other proprietary notices and copyright information found on this website, the terms of which must also be observed and followed.

By submitting or posting any information, comments, opinions, statements, advice, services, offers, data, files, links, ideas, software, images or any other form of content or information (altogether referred to as “Content”) or by visiting the Forum, you acknowledge and agree to the terms and conditions outlined below.

Should an CompressHD registered user (“User”) have an inquiry regarding a technical issue with a Matrox product, or comments of a technical nature that the User wishes to share with Matrox, the inquiry or comments should be posted to the appropriate area of the Forum. The Forum is monitored and moderated (according to section C. Monitoring, below) on a regular basis by Matrox staff, who will respond to the User’s inquiry, provided it is compliant with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Should the User be in a position to provide assistance to another User, Matrox would welcome and encourage such productive participation.

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