Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX

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Overview

SDI/HDMI/analog HD/SD video and complete audio I/O with direct 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound monitoring

Lightning fast H.264 encoding too!

Not only does Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX give you broadcast-quality input and output for your favorite editing app, it also turbocharges your H.264 encoding for deliveries to the web, mobile devices, and Blu-ray – all in a rackmountable unit.

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Only Matrox I/O devices deliver H.264 video up to 5 times faster without sacrificing quality

If you’re delivering H.264 content for the web, mobile devices, Apple TV, and Blu-ray discs, you know how painful it can be to wait for the long encoding times needed to create high-quality video files using software only. You might even be tempted to sacrifice quality for speed. With Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX, you no longer need to even consider making that trade off.

Get the most from your favorite apps

Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX amplifies your productivity with all the industry’s leading editing and content creation software for Mac and PC, as well as a wide variety of H.264 encoding, Blu-ray authoring, streaming, live production, and broadcast applications.
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All the I/Os you need

Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX gives you a full range of professional audio and video inputs and outputs, genlock with pass-through, and RS-422 machine control – right on the box. Direct 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound monitoring are supported on the XLR outputs. Both 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound monitoring are also supported on the HDMI output. No additional breakout cable is required.

Realtime 10-bit hardware scaling

Deliver projects in all the formats your clients demand. Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX provides high-quality up/down/cross conversion on capture and output.

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Inexpensive HD monitoring

The unique Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility lets an HDMI monitor perform like a broadcast HD/SD monitor with 10-bit 4:2:2 color precision.

Free Matrox productivity apps

Free productivity tools including Matrox MAX H.264 Capture, let you capture directly to H.264 files for the web, mobile devices, and Blu-ray. The new Matrox USB Webcam Emulator utility makes it easy to use professional and consumer cameras with web conferencing software like GoToMeeting™, GoToTraining™, Adobe® Connect™ and Skype™.

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Built to last

Engineered without the need for a failure-prone cooling fan, the rugged aluminum chassis acts as a heat sink to dissipate internal heat for a long reliable life and noise-free operation. Only the highest quality components go into Matrox I/O devices.

Conveniently rackmountable

Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX can be rackmounted wherever you need it and used with Mac and PC laptop and desktop systems in the studio, in an OB van, and on set. For maximum versatility, it connects to your computer via a PCI Express adapter card, an ExpressCard/34 adapter, or a Thunderbolt adapter.

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Closed captioning

Matrox SDI I/O products provide acquisition, monitoring, and delivery of closed captions with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer on the Mac. In addition, They can also let you use standard (non-closed captioning enabled) monitors to preview HD timelines with closed captioning data by overlaying decoded closed captioning text over the previewed video. This is the ideal cost-effective way to see your closed captions, even when you’re using an inexpensive HDMI display as your program monitor with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Stream or webcast from any camera, anywhere

Matrox I/O products are ideal for streaming using Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, Livestream, Microsoft Expression or QuickTime Broadcaster. Webcast with popular software such as Adobe Connect, Microsoft Skype or Citrix GoToMeeting. Connect to any HD or SD video source via SDI, HDMI or analog. Stream from any internet connection.

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Add one-cable convenience with Matrox MXO2 Dock

Save time everyday—come and go without disconnecting and re-connecting all your devices. One Thunderbolt connection does it all. Tame the cables cluttering your desk and save wear-and-tear on your laptop.

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Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX Software

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Matrox I/O products amplify your productivity with a wide variety of editing, content creation, H.264 encoding/authoring, live production, broadcast, and streaming applications.

Discover the benefits of Matrox I/O products for your favorite apps.

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1 Software support for the MXO2 LE is provided by Grass Valley
2 Software support for the MXO2 family is provided by Editshare

Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX Tech Specs

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Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX 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)
Video
Supported video formats
  • NTSC/PAL/NTSC-EIAJ
  • 720P 50/59.94
  • 1080I 50/59.94
  • 1080P 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
  • 1080PsF 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
HDMI input
  • 1 HD input
  • HDMI Y,Cb,Cr 4:2:2 (10-bit) / RGB (8-bit)
  • 8 channels of embedded audio
  • Standard Type A HDMI connector (19 pins)
HDMI output
  • 1 HD or SD output
  • HDMI Y,Cb,Cr 4:2:2 (10-bit) / RGB (8-bit)
  • 8 channels of embedded audio
  • HDMI 1.4a flag setting through control panel for 3D monitoring
SDI input
  • 1 SD or HD input
  • 16 channels embedded audio on the Mac
  • 8 channels embedded audio on the PC
  • Compliant with SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 272M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 299M
  • BNC connector (75 Ω), terminated
  • Equalized input for maximum cable length support
SDI output
  • 2 indentical SD or HD outputs for simultaneous monitoring and recording
  • 16 channels embedded audio on the Mac
  • 8 channels embedded audio on the PC
  • Compliant with SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 272M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 299M
  • BNC connector (75 Ω)
Composite input
  • PAL/NTSC/NTSC-EIAJ
  • 12-bit ADC
  • 2x oversampling
  • Anti-aliasing filtering
  • Automatic gain control
  • BNC connector (75 Ω), terminated
Composite output
  • PAL/NTSC/NTSC-EIAJ
  • 12-bit DAC
  • 8x oversampling
  • BNC connector
S-Video input
  • PAL/NTSC/NTSC-EIAJ
  • 12-bit ADC
  • 2x oversampling
  • Anti-aliasing filtering
  • Automatic gain control
  • 4-pin mini-DIN S-Video connector (75 Ω), terminated
S-Video output
  • PAL/NTSC/NTSC-EIAJ
  • 12-bit DAC
  • 8x oversampling
  • 4-pin mini-DIN S-Video connector
Component input
  • Switchable between SD and HD
  • EIA-770.3 compliant
  • 12-bit ADC
  • Anti-aliasing filtering
  • BNC connector (75 Ω), terminated
Component output
  • Switchable between SD and HD
  • EIA-770.3 compliant
  • 12-bit DAC
  • 2x oversampling
  • BNC connector
HD analog component video passthrough performance
  • Frequency response Y: +/- 1.0 dB max to 28 MHz
  • Frequency response Pb, Pr: +/- 1.0 dB max to 12 MHz
  • Component channel delay: < 8 ns
  • Component S/N (Y, Pb, Pr): > 50 dB, unified weighted
SD analog component video passthrough performance
  • Amplitude error: < 4%
  • Frequency response: +/- 0.5 dB max to 5 MHz
  • 2T pulse response: 1.0% max
  • Diff. Gain: < 2%, Diff. Phase: < 1 degree
  • S/N: > 58 dB, unified weighted
Audio
Analog inputs
  • 4 channels balanced audio via XLR connectors
  • Nominal levels: +4 dBu (+4 dBm)
  • Input impedance: Hi-Z
  • Headroom (max level): 18 dB
Analog outputs
  • 8 channels balanced audio via XLR connectors
  • Nominal levels: +4 dBu (+4 dBm)
  • Output impedance: 50 Ω
  • Headroom (max level): 18 dB
AES/EBU inputs
  • 4 channels unbalanced
  • 2x BNC connectors (75 Ω), terminated
  • Maximum input level: 5 Vp-p
AES/EBU outputs
  • 4 channels unbalanced
  • 2x BNC connectors (75 Ω), terminated
  • Nominal output level: 1Vp-p
SDI audio input
  • 16 channels embedded audio
  • 24-bit, 48 kHz
SDI audio output
  • 16 channels embedded audio
  • 24-bit, 48 kHz
Balanced analog audio performance
  • Sampling frequency: 48 kHz (using 64x oversampling)
  • Quantization: 24 bits
  • S/N: > 85 dB
  • THDN at 1 kHz, nominal level: < 0.05%
Genlock
Reference input and output
  • HD analog tri-level sync or SD analog bi-level black burst
  • Loop through output
  • BNC connector (75 Ω), terminated
Scaling
Dedicated hardware scaler
  • Multi-tap 10-bit realtime processing
  • HD to SD downscaling – Proper conversion of the HD color space to the SD color space and proper aspect ratio conversion to anamorphic, letterbox, and center cut are provided. You can monitor or record an SD master of an HD project in real time.
  • SD to HD upscaling – Proper conversion of the SD color space to the HD color space is performed. Footage with a 4:3 aspect ratio will be “pillarboxed”. SD 16:9 footage will be scaled to full screen.
  • Cross conversions from 720 to 1080 and 1080 to 720
  • All scaling operations can be accompanied by frame rate conversion with 2:3:2:3 and 2:3:3:2 cadences to facilitate monitoring 23.98 fps footage on a monitor that does not support the specific frame rate.
Special Features
Unique Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility Turns your HDMI display into a monitor you can trust
Closed captioning
  • Closed captioning capture and playback for Final Cut Pro via Matrox 4Vanc
  • Closed captioning support for Adobe Premiere Pro
AFD support Capture and playback of AFD data for Final Cut Pro 7 via Matrox 4Vanc
3D support HDMI 1.4a flag setting through control panel
Software
Editing Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer 6, Avid NewsCutter 10, Avid Symphony 6 and Boris Media 100
Content creation Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Color, Apple Motion, Apple Soundtrack Pro, Eyeon Fusion, NewTek LightWave 3D
Streaming Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, Livestream Procaster, Microsoft Expression, QuickTime Broadcaster, Telestream Wirecast
H.264 encoding Adobe Encore, Adobe Media Encoder, Apple Compressor, Telestream Episode
Blu-ray authoring Adobe Encore, Roxio Toast, Apple Compressor
Free Matrox productivity tools
  • Matrox Vetura Capture for Mac
  • Matrox Vetura Playback for Mac
  • Matrox A/V Tools for the PC
  • Matrox MAX H.264 Capture for the PC
General
Dimensions (without rackmount brackets) L: 43.7 cm (17.2″) × W: 20.8 cm (8.2″) × H: 8.6 cm (3.4″ – 2RU)
Dimensions (with rackmount brackets) L: 48.3 cm (19″) × W: 20.8 cm (8.2″) × H: 8.9 cm (3.5″ – 2RU)
Weight 15 lbs (7 kg)
Deck control via RS-422
Regulatory compliance
  • FCC Class A, CE Mark Class A, ACMA C-Tick Mark, VCCI
  • RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
Limited warranty and service 3-year limited warranty with free telephone support
Electrical and Operating Requirements
Power
  • Line Voltage: 100-240V AC
  • Frequency: 50-60 Hz
  • Input: IEC320-C14 inlet
  • Output: +12V DC, 3A max
  • Total power consumption: 15 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)
Kit Contents
In the box
  • Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX input/output device with two mounting “ears”
  • Matrox MXO2 PCIe cable (3 meter)
  • IEC-C13 power cord
  • BNC 75-ohm terminator (for REF OUT connector)
  • Matrox MXO2 PCIe host adapter or Matrox MXO2 Thunderbolt adapter

(An Apple Thunderbolt cable purchased from Apple is required to connect the Matrox MXO2 Thunderbolt adapter to your computer.)

(A third-party RS-422 cable is required for machine control.)

Adapter Specifications
Matrox PCIe host adapter
  • Standard PCIe (x1) card
  • PCB dimensions: L: 6.6 cm × H: 6.9 cm (2.6″ × 2.7″)
  • Overall thickness including components: 1.9 cm (0.75″)
Matrox ExpressCard/34 adapter
  • Standard ExpressCard/34
  • Dimensions: L: 9.6 cm × W: 3.3 cm × H: 1.3 cm (3.8″ × 1.3″ × 0.5″)
Matrox MXO2 Thunderbolt adapter Dimensions: L: 8.7 cm × W: 4.8 cm × H: 1.9 cm (3.4″ × 1.9″ × .75″)(An Apple Thunderbolt cable purchased from Apple is required to connect the Matrox MXO2 Thunderbolt adapter to your computer.)

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Academy Award Winner Rob Legato Uses Matrox MXO2 MAX!

Matrox had the opportunity to interview VFX Supervisor, Rob Legato, in London while he was working on the Academy Award winning movie “Hugo”. He shared his experiences on camera and his conclusion was that Matrox MXO2 Rack MAXwas “a huge asset in my editing room.”

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MXO2 captures video from iPad 2

Budge Studios, specialize in producing fun apps for kids that feature their favorite characters and stories. They use MXO2 to capture video of the game play from iPad 2 to use during the development process and to create promotional trailers.

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Webinar

Using H.264 to your best advantage

In this pre-recorded webinar Matrox product experts present a detailed discussion of H.264, the de-facto standard codec for delivering HD content to the web, mobile devices and Blu-ray. You will learn: how to accentuate the positive and overcome the negative aspects of working with H.264, ways to speed up rendering, the key to creating high quality video for low bandwidth web connections and much more. Benefits of Matrox MAX 2.0 are presented.

CreativeCOW’s Craig Seeman looks at Matrox MAX

“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 sweat as deadlines loom. Matrox CompressHD, with MAX technology, promises to ignite the after burners for H.264 encoding and it certainly delivers.”

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Exporting H.264 from Avid Media Composer with Matrox MXO2 Mini MAX

Shane Ross blogs and brags about how fast he can encode H.264 directly from Media Composer on his laptop using Matrox MXO2 Mini MAX.

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