SMART I/O for Adobe CS6

Matrox products have been the I/O hardware of choice for Adobe editors since 1995, offering many workflow advancements over the years. From the first realtime playback, realtime effects, and realtime export engines, to support for Mac and PC laptops and desktops with a single device, Matrox worked hand-in-hand with Adobe over many generations of the Adobe applications to make sure video professionals always had the tools they needed to do their jobs with the utmost creativity and productivity.

Now, the Matrox MXO2 devices are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt, PCIe, or ExpressCard/34 – with the same versatile unit.

Along with the new Matrox Mojito MAX card, they are also the only I/O solutions on the market that let you deliver H.264 files up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality!

Capture, scale, monitor, and output in any format you need – from analog and HDMI to HD-SDI. Monitor your 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound mixes using professional connections. Turn your HDMI screen into a professional grade video monitor with the unique Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility. Enjoy special benefits with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Media Encoder, Prelude, and Encore.

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Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro editors can take advantage of the full range of Matrox MXO2 and Mojito MAX features plus other important benefits such as the high-quality Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame codec, rock-solid deck control, support for leading file-based workflows such as RED, XDCAM, and P2, as well as unique closed captioning support.

On the PC, the Matrox I/O platforms offer a variety of advanced, easy-to-use Matrox Flex CPU effects such as primary and secondary color correction, proc amp controls, color match, color balance, input/output level control, RGB curves control, chroma and luma keying, smooth speed changes, transitions, wipes, and timecode overlay.

Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame intermediate codec

The Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame intermediate codec is a high-quality, highly-efficient 8-bit 4:2:2 video codec used mainly as a less processor-intensive way of working with long-GOP footage such as HDV, AVCHD, and XDCAM HD. The bit rate of the codec can be set between 50 and 300 Mbps, giving you the flexibility on each clip to make your own tradeoffs between video quality and storage considerations.

It can be used with Adobe Premiere Pro in four ways:

  1. as a full-raster capture codec when capturing from SDI or analog;
  2. as an intermediate editing format when working with CPU-taxing formats such as AVCHD to maximize quality as well as editability;
  3. as a rendering codec to ensure that "flattened" files maintain high quality when exporting or printing to tape; and
  4. as an effective archiving codec for material that may be used in future projects.

Deck control

In conjunction with the RS-422 hardware port on Matrox SDI I/O products, the Matrox device control feature enables traditional tape-based workflows for frame-accurate batch capture and print-to-tape with perfect A/V sync. On the Mac, this provides an easy way to capture to the Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame codec or to any 8- or 10-bit QuickTime-based codec. On the PC, this provides an easy way to capture to the Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame codec or to the Matrox 10-bit uncompressed codec to enable a full end-to-end 10-bit workflow in Premiere Pro.

Smooth file-based workflows

Matrox I/O devices tap into the Adobe Mercury Transmit engine to let you monitor and output your RED, XDCAM, and P2 timelines. While you edit, you see your project on your broadcast monitor or an inexpensive HDMI display. You just put your footage on the timeline and press play. Once you've finished your edit, the Matrox I/O device lets you play out your timeline directly to SDI and analog formats.

Closed captioning support on the Mac

Matrox SDI I/O devices provide HD-SDI closed captioning support using the patent-pending Matrox 4VANC tool. You will no longer need to spend time and money recreating HD captioning data that is typically lost when editing projects. The unique Matrox workflow lets you capture, playback, and preserve closed captioning data while editing. Nothing is destroyed even when trimming or color correcting video clips.

In addition, Matrox has worked with CPC, the closed captioning software leader, to develop an innovative solution that allows the MacCaption software to encode, decode, edit, and create HD and SD closed captioning for use with Matrox SDI I/O devices. They also provide a cost effective way to monitor HD timelines containing closed captioning data on SDI and component SD monitors, while also inserting closed captioning information into line 21 of active video for SD deliverables. You can deliver HD and SD masters containing closed captions simultaneously.

Closed captioning support on the PC

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 lets you attach a closed caption data file to a sequence and display the closed captions in the Program Monitor and through Firewire DV output. Compatible file types are described as .mcc and .scc files for use in DTV (CEA-708) and SD (CEA-608) transmissions respectively.

Matrox SDI I/O devices can add appropriately formatted closed captioning data to line 21 of analog SD outputs for monitoring and print-to-tape. They can also let you use standard (nonclosed 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 costeffective way to see your closed captions, even when you're using an inexpensive HDMI display as your program monitor.

Matrox SDI I/O devices can also embed closed captioning data in SDI streams in accordance with the above specifications and let you simultaneously deliver HD-SDI and analog SD masters containing closed captions. Matrox products equipped with Matrox MAX technology can also deliver H.264 files with embedded closed captioning information for the web, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV directly from Adobe Premiere Pro timelines.

Adobe After Effects

Matrox I/O products let you experience your 2D and 3D motion graphics as you create them in After Effects, at full quality, full frame size, and full frame rate, with real-time RAM preview, on a wide range of monitors. You see your work as your client will, with accurate color representation and 1:1 pixel mapping. You can judge your work in a brand new way.

On the PC, Matrox also provides a variety of effects for use with After Effects – chroma clamper, chroma key, chroma key shadow, and luma ley, as well as primary and secondary color correctors. These effects are a perfect complement for users of Adobe Dynamic Link when working with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Adobe Photoshop

When working on those special graphics for your video productions, you can use the WYSIWYG feature of Matrox I/O products to preview your images on an external monitor. You can see how your graphics will be seen by your client.

Adobe Media Encoder

Matrox MAX-enabled MXO2 devices and the Mojito MAX card provide lightning fast H.264 encoding on the PC by directly integrating with Adobe Media Encoder. On the Mac, Adobe Media Encoder is accelerated through the Apple QuickTime codec component. Read more

Adobe Prelude

Adobe Prelude lets you add searchable markers and other temporal metadata while you are ingesting and logging footage. Matrox I/O products provide full quality monitoring on HDMI, SDI, or analog video displays while you do this allowing you to judge your footage more accurately than if you were using just a small preview window.

Adobe Encore

Matrox I/O products let you see your Blu-ray or DVD content, menus, chapters, and other authoring features on an external monitor, just as your customers will see them.

On the PC, you can use H.264 files created with Adobe Media Encoder and Matrox MAX in Adobe Encore or encode for Blu-ray directly within Encore, eliminating the need for timeconsuming re-encoding.

Check out these items featured in this post and available now at
Matrox MXO2 Mini MAX Desktop Kit $599.00 Matrox MXO2 Mini MAX Thunderbolt Kit $699.00 Matrox Mojito MAX $995.00

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