Matrox MC-100

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Overview

Dual SDI to HDMI Mini Converter for 3G/3D/HD/SD

Monitor · Distribute · Switch · Multiplex · Converge

As a broadcast engineer or A/V professional you likely have diverse needs when it comes to managing SDI signals within your environment – for monitoring, distributing, switching, multiplexing, and processing 3D in real time. Until now, you have been forced to purchase different devices to perform these tasks. The new Matrox MC-100 solves all these challenges in one inexpensive, easy-to-use device.

Matrox MC-100 is a dual SDI to HDMI mini converter that supports a wide range of display resolutions through 3G, Dual Link, HD, and SD-SDI. This single portable unit can be used as a HD-SDI switcher, a distribution amplifier, a multiplexer, and a 3D processing unit, making it the most versatile mini converter on the market. It should be in every video professional’s toolbox.

Monitor SDI on inexpensive HDMI displays

Take your SDI video signal with 16 channels of embedded audio and convert it to HDMI. Whether you’re using RGB or YUV, Matrox MC-100 maintains the full 10-bit video spectrum of the signal, up to a resolution of 1920 X 1080. Eight channels of embedded audio are supported on HDMI, selectable between the first and second set of 4 pairs.

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Configure using On-Screen-Display

Quickly and efficiently configure your Matrox MC-100 via the on-screen-display (OSD) menu available on all outputs. There is no need for a computer connection. Every MC-100 feature is accessible through the OSD, which is controlled by three buttons directly on the unit. User-defined presets can be saved to dip switches for even quicker setup.

Distribute and amplify SDI signals

Configure MC-100 as a distribution amplifier to boost the strength of your SDI signals by 300 meters on SD-SDI, 100 meters on HD-SDI, and 70 meters on 3G-SDI. Duplicate a single SDI input signal to two independent, amplified signals.

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Switch between two HD-SDI signals

Toggle between two HD-SDI inputs at the touch of a button, glitch-free on both SDI outputs as per SMPTE RP-168. MC-100 is also a loss-of-signal switcher. You can configure the device to automatically switch to the second valid input if the first one is lost or becomes invalid. As an added benefit, the LEDs on MC-100 illuminate green or red depending on signal validity.

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Multiplex two HD-SDI signals into one 3G video feed

Transport your SDI signals efficiently using MC-100 to multiplex two HD-SDI signals into a single 3G-SDI stream. On the receiving end, a second MC-100 or another SMPTE-425M compatible device demultiplexes the signal, providing two independent HD-SDI video signals. Being able to multiplex two SDI signals means that you’ll need just half the wiring to distribute HD-SDI video signals.

Process and monitor 3D HD-SDI signals in real time

Use the cutting-edge processing power of MC-100 to make multiple adjustments on stereoscopic video feeds in real time. Hardware buttons let you perform Horizontal Image Translation (HIT)—pixel-based convergence and divergence—on both video inputs. The images can be flipped horizontally and/or vertically, with pixel-based offset controls. Monitoring 3D content can be done on the HDMI or SDI outputs, with several analysis modes such as anaglyph, difference and 50/50. The signal can then be sent on a single SDI cable as a side-by-side or an over/under feed. On HDMI it can be sent in side-by-side, over/under, or frame packing mode. MC-100 also features a built-in video frame synchronizer that is useful for 3D production. When you define one of the video inputs as the reference source, the unit time base corrects the second video input and outputs the two video streams in sync.

 

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Matrox MC-100 Tech Specs

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Matrox MC-100 Technical Specifications

Dimensions
  • Length: 125 mm
  • Width: 118 mm
  • Height: 26 mm
  • Weight: 220g
Inputs and Outputs
  • Two BNC 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs
  • Two BNC 3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs
  • HDMI output
  • Mini USB Type B for firmware updates
Standards
  • SDI compliance with SMPTE-259M/292M/372M/424M/425M
  • SDI support of YUV 4:2:2 8-bit/10-bit
  • SDI redundant inputs with loss-of-signal switcher
  • Automatic SDI output selection between 3G/HD/SD-SDI dependent on input signal
  • HDMI support of YUV 4:2:2, and RGB
Advanced Features
  • Glitch-free switching as per SMPTE RP-168
  • Multiplexing of two HD-SDI signals over a single 3G cable as per SMPTE-425M level B
  • Vertical and/or horizontal flips on both video channels
  • Pixel-based convergence adjustments on both video channels
  • Pixel-based vertical offsets on both video channels
  • Video time base corrector and frame synchronizer using SDI1 or SDI2 as reference input
Input Display Resolutions
  • NTSC
  • PAL
  • 720p 50/59.94/60
  • 1080i 50/59.94/60
  • 1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
  • 1080PsF 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
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  • 1080p (Level B) 50/59.94/60
  • 1080p Dual link 50/59.94/60
Display Formats
  • 3D display formats on SDI: Over/Under, Side-by-Side
  • 3D display formats on HDMI: Over/Under, Side-by-Side
  • Frame Packing
  • Analysis display modes: Anaglyph, 50/50, Difference
Audio
  • SDI audio: 16 channels embedded
  • HDMI audio: 8 channels embedded, selectable between the first and second set of 4 pairs
Electrical and Operating Requirements
  • Unit voltage and amperage: 5V/3Amps
  • Operating temperature: 0 to 40º C
  • Storage temperature: -40 to 75º C
  • 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)
General
  • Universal locking power supply with international socket adapters included 3-year limited manufacturing warranty

Matrox MC-100 Connections

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Matrox MC-100 Block Diagram

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Matrox MC-100 Workflows

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Matrox MC-100 Related Info

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Related Information

Matrox MC-100’s Loss of Signal Switching Ideal for Streaming

TV-Bay’s, Jon Pratchett reported on his use of the Matrox MC-100 mini converter in the magazine’s October issue.

“I thought it was about time that I gave you all a little update on some of the kit I have been using and testing of the past few months. So here are a couple of updates for you starting with Matrox MC100.”

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Charles Amyot, Matrox product manager, discusses how Matrox MC-100 combines multiple functions into an all-in-one system in this applied technology article for Broadcast Engineering magazine.

 

HOWiReview.com takes a look at MC-100 and explains why this is a smart piece of gear for your House of Worship if you are using HD-SDI. He explains product set up, monitoring, signal distribution and amplification, 3D processing, and multiplexing.

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Matrox MC-100 in a League Of Its Own for European Football Tournaments

While working on a HD graphics production project for live European football matches, deltatre needed hardware to monitor the broadcast signals delivered to their clients and was looking for a simple SDI to HDMI converter to display their broadcast feeds on inexpensive displays. When the project requirements increased, especially in the 3D and video switch fields, they chose the Matrox MC-100 mini converter.

Northview Church is a Technology Heaven

Northview Church’s 2,100-seat auditorium was designed by a former Disney “imagineer” and became one of Indiana’s most advanced A/V facilities when it went up in 2010. The technical staff relies heavily on Matrox MC-100 to monitor HD-SDI content on affordable HDMI displays. They also use the frame sync feature of MC-100 to add a non-genlockable SDI camera to their video infrastructure.

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MC-100 Datasheet

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Matrox MC-100 Community

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