Matrox MXO2 / Max … the booster !

In my “gears” Embedded with me during my trip to Osaka, Matrox par l’intermédiaire de Christophe Crespin et de Paul Mothersill que je remercie ici, lent me a MXO2 LE … I do not know if you know this tool but I can talk about it because it is a brick of my system that I love.

Matrox is a manufacturer may be less known to the world of maps and other tools to manage entries / video outputs work with Final Cut, BlackMagic and AJA are often the only spoken of yet there are others equally deserving and proponents of smart tools and quality.

The big advantage of this system is that it can connect via an adapter or to a laptop via XPressCard port or via a PCI. It makes one of the most adaptable it is. The 2 Maps are also provided in the pack.

The range MXO has several products whose prices range from € 299 to € 1990 HT HT RACK for large version. I tested the first which allowed me MXO ago 4 years out videos of my first MacBook Pro in an OB HD HDSDI during a live program for France 2 shot in Orange (Opera / Roberto Alagna) I was at the time taken for an alien and technicians from France TV looks me look a little thinking that I will never issue them a broadcast signal coming out of my little portable and can be of a quality enough to interest me with their big-conect OB to several million euro. Yet, plupard the subjects and dressing had been managed entirely via the MXO box, the first was only MXO output, it possible to get an HD SDI signal from the DVI output of the mac, and it worked not bad.

The MXO2 is available in a range that goes from “Mini” at “Rack” integral or not the MAX Technologie.

Thanks to this technology MAX I could encode in record time and exceptional quality (much better than the quality of the encoding software compressor) my videos made in Osaka.

On my old MacBook Pro (early 2008) While encodate 1080p25 H264 to 10mb / s usually takes me close to 40min Encoding 5 my the movies, with the Matrox MXO2 LE Max that I was available almost real-time … Which provides a time saving extra, and an incredible quality, I know how they do it really but I insist, quality of comrpession which is much better than most compression software Compressor.

Note that if you already have a MacPro with another card, H.264 hardware compression cards of the existe en version only, it is called “Compress HD” and does the same job for less than 450 € ht.

I like the LE version that I often use for recording “direc to disk” in OB vehicles such, but for my use of blogger, the version “Mini” is ample since I use the HDMI for the main monitoring. Note that this version “Mini” Avid is now validated for the monitoring of Media Composer 5.

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  1. Delahaye Martial
    Delahaye Martial says:

    Effectively !
    Excellent produit, bien que je ne me sois contenter que du Mini Max mais pour ce dont j’ai besoin de faire, il est amplement suffisant !
    Je dirais même qu’en temps de compression, il est plus rapide que le temps réel et d’une qualité superbe.
    J’en suis fort satisfait et je tenais à en témoigner.
    Inutile de vous dire que je me le suis procurer auprès de Atreïd 😉

  2. Alain MORIZOT
    Alain MORIZOT says:

    Depuis une année le MATROX MXO LE m’accompagne au studio ou sur le terrain avec le même plaisir.
    La qualité du traitement de la vidéo monitoring/recording dépasse largement celle d’un autre système très réputé sur ma station MacPro.
    J’ai plus de 3h de médias à encoder toutes les semaines, et c’est toujours OK.
    Un point important à évoquer : avec le logiciel VETURA fourni avec la MATROX, on peux lire des fichiers vidéo Qtime et en faire du monitoring ou de la diffusion (avec ou sans UP ou DOWN conversion)
    exemple d’application : diffusion pour une soirée devant 300 pers, et vous apprenez de dernière minute que le vidéo projecteur n’est pas HD comme convenu… pas de PB lecture MacBookPRO + Matrox avec conversion SD et le tour est joué.

    autres fonctions à venir (I hope) du logiciel VETURA et du MATROX :
    – recording sur PC/MAC, en Temps Réel dans un des codec H264 du Matrox d’un signal HD-SDI.
    – gestion de petite playlist, permettant lors de salon pro de diffuser en boucle une sélection de vidéos.

    chez MATROX, ça bouge vite et dans le bon sens… BRAVO

  3. lefred
    lefred says:

    Je confirme la qualité et la rapidité d’encodage de leur systeme max.

    Nous utilisions la carte compressHD dans un XServe (petit pincement) pour Final Cut Server. En effet il est tout à fait possible d’utiliser la carte en plugin pour Compressor un peu à la manière d’Episode. Du coup FCS préparait ses petits proxy H.264 à la vitesse de l’éclair (en temps réel en fait).


  4. Alain Pinatel
    Alain Pinatel says:

    Tout pareil
    Nous avons une mini + max et la rapport qualité prix est incredible.

  5. Le Berre Guillaume
    Guillaume Le Berre says:

    Do you know if this type of material will in the near future (if not already the case) record the signal from an HDMI GH2? Equivalent to a system Atomos “Ninja” + SSD makes, but it is perhaps not the purpose of such a tool..

  6. denis
    denis says:

    Hello, I am an independent filmmaker, I would like to submit a workflow to have your opinion.

    I want to turn from material with the Panasonic GH2 and soon I hope the new camera AG-AF101. I want to film coupled with AJA Ki Pro MINI, is it a good idea to get a signal 422.

    For part-prod Post, I have a macbookpro 17 2,66 Core i7 avec 8 gig of ram. I would like to link all this with the case Matrox and Avid Media Composer (I prefer to work with this software by far …). So I could have a monitor on a single LCD TV.

    Will it be possible once the installation finished on Avid, to transfer a project to FCP then do all the finishing work with after effects and especially color, while keeping the LCD monitor ?

    Finally, what about storage in the Workflow ?

    Thank you in advance for your answers.

    • Emmanuel Pampuri
      Emmanuel Pampuri says:

      All this seems playable. The only problem is that you can use a firewire storage 800
      since the ExpressCard slot is used by the Matrox. Prefer a raid 0 or 5 (+ Security) for a minimum of bandwidth in ProRes 80mo/sec FW800 is not bad.
      Mxo2 mini ( the only one that works with Avid, and for monitoring only )
      Avid MC5 supports ProRes and with a small software with automatic duck you can recover any (entire project) on FCP to finish in color … Et une consultation gratos 😉 … It is not life grand ?

  7. denis
    denis says:

    Thank you for your answer (on if Tutóia ?)

    Good, I had not ben all wrong. There remains the problem of storage. You think it's a fair bit firewire 800 even in raid 0 or 5?
    I ask this because I want to avoid investing in a tower to keep some money for camera and stones. Moreover it is not impossible to finalize the mounting external. My approach is as follows : shoot in HD quality (with GH2 and AG-AF101, prepare the project on Avid MC (to the pre-assembly) and then finish the installation on a station in a box and post prod prod. This is why I want to have the project in Avid MC and / or FCP to be as flexible as possible.
    Is- it a good idea or I'm the head there?

    Other matters : Color does he not better with a graphics card, and the macbookpro is not it a bit light for this ?

    Finally, and I would, what type of hard drive (what brand?) you advise me ?

    Thank you for this clarification.


    PS : Continues to this blog, he's great, thank you to you.

    • Alain MORIZOT
      Alain MORIZOT says:

      I can respond by proposing a technical solution that seems to me, but I have not tested, not having the QIO SONNET.
      Should use the QIO SONNET behind the release of the ExpressCard MacBookPro, and then connect the MATROX on one output and Express Card eSATA disks.
      I do not know if this is possible, but reading the docs it seems OK techniques.
      Otherwise, on Discs, a RAID 0 or better in a FW800 RAID 5 might do the trick, although of course it is much less efficient than eSATA connection.
      A good RAID 0 External is cheap, and you can change without pb and then work hard on new projects.

      • denis
        denis says:

        Alain thank you for that answer.
        But one thing eludes me : Sonnet QIO seems to be a card reader ( P2, SXS…). T it has two ports express card, and so can connecterle matrox and e sata drive ?

        Finally is not it interesting preassemble (project organization, Trimming a disk FW 800 and then transfer it all on sata drive and a dedicated station type mac pro ?

      • Emmanuel Pampuri
        Emmanuel Pampuri says:

        it depends on the number of streams that you have to deal with real-time. For example the documentary on the move I use bcp on the Lacie Little Big Disk, swift enough to 3 see 4 flux in ProRes.
        If you need to do multicam for the capture of such spectacle that will not.
        Concerning the QIO yes it is a good idea, I never tested this “assembly” but from the feedback I got, it works.

  8. Patrice
    Patrice says:

    I have an EX1 and a Mac Book Pro with Express Card Reader, I would like to connect via a MXO2LE to recover the HD SDI signal 4.2.2 the camera… I would add the Little Big Raid 0 La Cie and a 12v system / 22Ov… Is this setup is reliable for the field ?
    1/For the Apple ProRes 422.
    2/For the uncompressed 10 bits.
    In advance thank you