HD-SDI Scan Converter with Genlock and Region-of-Interest Support at $1495 lets broadcasters easily and economically get Skype, YouTube, and mobile phone videos to air
Montreal, Canada – March 28, 2011 — Matrox® Video Products Group today announced that Matrox Convert DVI Plus, an SD/HD SDI scan converter with high-end features priced at just $1495 US, is available worldwide. Matrox Convert DVI Plus lets broadcasters easily and economically take the computer-based content that is quickly becoming a key part of the nightly news to air. It's ideal for creating broadcast video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, video games, and web browser sessions, as well as citizen journalists' mobile phone videos. Matrox Convert DVI Plus is also the perfect appliance to drive projectors and large displays at live events and in houses of worship.
"We stunned the market last year by offering the world's first HD-SDI scan converter with genlock at just $995. Matrox Convert DVI was an award winner at both NAB and IBC and an immediate hit with broadcasters and A/V integrators in houses of worship," said Alberto Cieri, Matrox senior director of sales and marketing. "For 2011 we've taken the product line a step further with Matrox Convert DVI Plus that features the most-requested enhancements including more comprehensive region-of-interest support and background color selection capability to facilitate downstream keying applications."
Matrox Convert DVI Plus controls are provided via an intuitive PC-based graphical user interface which can include a live preview pane for scaling and positioning in context. By simply dragging a mouse, rather than fiddling with buttons on the unit itself, you can choose to output the entire screen or a region-of-interest of any size. Premium features such as a flicker reduction filter, customizable presets with user-assignable hotkeys, password protection, SD pixel aspect ratio compensation, and a stand-alone mode ensure optimal flexibility for many different applications.
Matrox Convert DVI Plus will be demonstrated at NAB 2011 in booth SL2515.
Key features of Matrox Convert DVI Plus
- DVI-D input up to 1920 x 1200
- Digital outputs: HD/SD SDI
- Analog outputs: HD/SD analog component, S-Video, and composite
- SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level genlock with timing offset controls
- Simultaneous analog and digital video output
- Stereo audio input can be embedded into the SDI output signal
- Realtime hardware upscaling and downscaling with proper color space and aspect ratio conversion
- Region-of-interest support including scaling, positioning, and panning with realtime output update
- Background color selection including super black and super white for downstream keying applications
- Can operate as a stand-alone appliance
- Advanced features such as an anti-flicker filter, customizable presets, password protection, and SD pixel aspect ratio compensation
- Three-year hardware warranty and complimentary telephone support
Price and availability
Matrox Convert DVI Plus, priced at $1495 US (£1049, €1299) not including local taxes, is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers.
Turner Studios uses Convert DVI Plus for Comprehensive Sports Coverage
Turner Studios, the production arm of the Turner Broadcasting System, recently installed two Matrox Convert DVI Plus units as part of a large expansion project in support of Turner Sports. Turner Sports has become a leader in end-to-end digital partnerships, recently inking deals with the NCAA for both broadcast and digital coverage of championship college sports. Turner also hosts and supports programming for the NBA, NASCAR, PGA, Sports Illustrated and other prestigious league websites.
The Convert DVI Plus is being used for capture of Turner Sports applications like the iPad March Madness On Demand and NBA Game Time Courtside apps. Turner is also currently recording live web site usage and streaming events for the NCAA Mens and Womens Basketball Championships. You can catch all the action provided by the Convert DVI Plus on TNT, TBS, and TruTV.