Matrox MXO Product Guide
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Table of Contents MXO for Mac
Overview........................................................................................................................3
Key features...................................................................................................................3
Video output for the latest MacBook Pros and iMacs....................................................4
Ideal for native digital workflows ...................................................................................4
Inexpensive HD monitoring on a DVI display.................................................................5
Color calibration....................................................................................................6
Super black and super white monitoring .............................................................6
Interlacing artifact elimination...............................................................................6
Pixel-to-pixel mapping .........................................................................................7
“Virtual bezel” on the DVI display.........................................................................7
Frame-accurate, broadcast-quality HD/SD output.........................................................8
Connect to satellite encoders or uplinks from the field..................................................8
Realtime HD to SD downscaling and simultaneous HD and SD output........................8
Hardware acceleration...................................................................................................8
Supported output standards .........................................................................................9
Workflow examples ....................................................................................................10
Monitoring on a DVI display ...............................................................................10
Simultaneous HD/SD monitoring (SDI) and print-to-tape (analog).....................11
Simultaneous HD/SD monitoring (analog) and print-to-tape (SDI).....................12
Feeding a satellite encoder or uplink..................................................................13
Monitoring HD and SD simultaneously...............................................................14
Using Matrox MXO as a genlockable HD/SD scan converter......................................15
Region-of-interest support .................................................................................15
Specifications..............................................................................................................16
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Key Features
The ideal output and monitoring device for 13” and 15”
MacBook Pros and iMacs
Key features
The patented Matrox MXO is a versatile output and monitoring device for
the Mac. The special Matrox MXO-DVI method of using a DVI port (or Mini
DisplayPort with an adapter) makes Matrox MXO the ideal companion
for the latest generation of 13” and 15” MacBook Pros and iMacs. These
systems are powerful enough for video editing with Final Cut Pro but lack the
expandability to accommodate an I/O device without sacrificing the FireWire
port you’d like to use for your storage interface.
• Provides HD/SD output and monitoring for the latest MacBook Pros and
iMacs that lack the ExpressCard/34 or PCIe expansion slots needed to
accommodate an I/O device without sacrificing the FireWire port needed
for storage interface
Matrox MXO gives you the frame-accurate, broadcast-quality HD/SD analog
and SDI output you need for mastering native digital projects – from XDCAM
HD, P2 HD, DVCPRO HD, and HDV sources for example – directly to tape or
to a satellite encoder. In addition, it turns your Apple Cinema Display or other
DVI monitor into a professional HD/SD video monitor using Matrox’s unique
color calibration tools including blue-only.
Matrox MXO can also be switched into a genlockable scan converter with
HD/SD analog and SDI output.
• Ideal for native digital workflows – XDCAM HD, P2 HD, DVCPRO HD, HDV,
etc. – when monitoring and output-to-tape are needed
• Provides a complete set of tools that turns an Apple Cinema Display or
other DVI monitor into an artifact-free, true-color video display you can
trust, even for color grading
• Genlockable, frame-accurate, broadcast-quality HD/SD SDI, HD/SD analog
component, Y/C, and composite outputs with guaranteed a/v sync
• Up to 8 channels SDI embedded audio output and stereo audio monitoring
• Handy way to connect to satellite encoders or uplinks from the field and
OB vans
• Realtime downscaling of HD projects to SD resolution with proper color
space and aspect ratio conversion for simultaneous HD/SD monitoring
and output
• Hardware acceleration of Final Cut Pro Dynamic RT segments, HDV, and
DVCPRO HD
• WYSIWYG video output from QuickTime-based applications
• Genlockable HD/SD scan conversion for flicker-free video output of your
computer desktop with any application
• Three-year hardware warranty and complimentary telephone support
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Video Output and Native Digital Workflows
Video output for the latest MacBook Pros and iMacs
Ideal for native digital workflows
The latest MacBook Pros and iMacs are powerful enough for video editing
with Final Cut Pro but lack the expandability to accommodate an I/O device
without sacrificing the FireWire port you’d like to use for your storage interface.
Matrox MXO features the special MXO-DVI method of using the DVI port (or
Mini DisplayPort with an adpater) on these systems that lets you monitor
and output broadcast-quality video while leaving the FireWire port free. Your
FireWire port is then available to attach external hard drive video storage or
to transfer video from your FireWire-based camera.
If you work with native digital video formats such as XDCAM HD, P2 HD,
DVCPRO HD, and HDV; you can easily transfer your footage into your editing
system via USB, card readers, or FireWire. Matrox MXO comes into play
when you need a high-quality video preview while you’re editing and when
you want to output to tape.
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Inexpensive HD Monitoring
Inexpensive HD monitoring on a DVI display
Normally you can’t rely on a DVI display to give you an accurate representation
of your video production for three reasons:
1. the original YUV color space of your video is changed to RGB by the
system’s graphics card;
2. DVI monitors are progressive so artifacts may appear when you try to
display interlaced video; and
3. the frame rate of your video will not match the refresh rate of the
graphics card so you will see dropped and/or repeat frames.
Matrox MXO overcomes these obstacles with the Matrox MXO-DVI method
of using a DVI port (or Mini DisplayPort with an adapter) in a unique way.
You may think that Matrox MXO works as a scan converter, but that is not the
case. Matrox MXO-DVI turns the DVI connection into a “bus” that intercepts
the video and audio before the graphics card can affect any part of the signal.
The original YUV video is routed to the MXO device which can output it to an
HD monitor or a VTR via SDI or analog in true YUV format. The MXO device
also processes the video to ensure that what you see on your DVI monitor is,
in fact, a true representation of your original video. You see accurate color
including super black and super white, the elimination of interlacing artifacts,
and the true frame rate. Additional tools are provided to ensure optimum
viewing on the DVI display including pixel-to-pixel mapping and a “virtual
bezel” adjustment.
Matrox MXO lets you use your DVI monitor as a true-color
broadcast video display.
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Inexpensive HD Monitoring
Color calibration
The Matrox MXO color calibration utility works in conjunction with your
DVI monitor’s look-up-table (LUT) to, in effect, turn your DVI monitor into a
broadcast monitor. Matrox MXO lets you adjust and control your DVI monitor
exactly like you would a broadcast HD/SD monitor. Controls for hue, chroma,
contrast, brightness, and blue-only are provided. This unique control gives
you completely accurate color representation so that you can use your ACD
or DVI monitor even for color grading.
Super black and super white monitoring
Matrox MXO provides super black and super white monitoring, expanding
the viewable color range of your DVI monitor.
Matrox MXO color calibration mode
Matrox MXO blue-only calibration mode
Interlacing artifact elimination
When scaling your video to full-screen to match the resolution of your display,
MXO uses a special interpolation technique rather than simple line doubling
to provide the best possible viewing experience without “jaggy” aliasing
artifacts. If you preview interlaced video on your computer display, you’ve
no doubt noticed tearing due to interlacing artifacts in the displayed image.
The progressive display inherent in computer monitors is ideal for graphics,
but when it comes to displaying interlaced video you see those annoying
artifacts. Matrox MXO solves this problem, letting you enjoy artifact-free
previews.
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Inexpensive HD Monitoring
Pixel-to-pixel mapping
Matrox MXO provides user-selectable 1:1 pixel mapping, providing accurate
monitoring on your DVI display in the following resolutions:
• 720x486 (NTSC)
• 720x576 (PAL)
“Virtual bezel” on the DVI display
Matrox MXO lets you select a pre-defined resolution to mimic the monitor
bezel found on all TVs. For example, this feature can be used to simulate a
safe title area so you can check title placement on your DVI monitor. You can
create your own bezel or select from the following resolutions:
• 720x486 (NTSC)
• 1920x1080
• 720x576 (PAL)
• 1280x720
• 1920x1080
• 1280x720
1080p / 1080i
720p
Matrox MXO display resolutions
NTSC / PAL
Matrox MXO “virtual bezel” display.
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Hardware Features
Frame-accurate, broadcast-quality HD/SD output
Matrox MXO provides frame-accurate output for all QuickTime-based
applications that support the V-out component including Final Cut Pro, Color,
Soundtrack Pro, Motion, and Adobe After Effects. It features genlockable HD/
SD SDI with up to 8 channels of embedded audio, HD/SD analog component,
Y/C, and composite outputs, and stereo audio monitoring. SD analog black
burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level sync genlock are provided. Matrox MXO can
genlock to any type of video input or to house sync. Timing offset controls
can be used to align your video output relative to your external genlock
source to compensate for cable delays within your facility.
Simultaneous SDI and analog outputs in HD or SD let you view your project
on a broadcast video monitor and record to tape at the same time. A thirdparty RS-422 adapter is required for deck control.
Connect to satellite encoders or uplinks from the field
Matrox MXO can be used to connect to a satellite encoder or uplink from the
field or an OB van.
Realtime HD to SD downscaling and simultaneous
HD and SD output
Matrox MXO provides realtime HD to SD downscaling so that you can
record an SD master of your HD project in real time. MXO provides proper
conversion of the HD color space to the SD color space and proper aspect
ratio conversion to anamorphic, letterbox, and center cut. The scaling is
done in hardware, placing no burden on the CPU and GPU, so you have
more processing power available for your application.
Hardware acceleration of Final Cut Pro Dynamic RT
segments, HDV, and DVCPRO HD
When you are working with Final Cut Pro Dynamic RT segments or the HDV
and DVCPRO HD formats, the Matrox MXO 10-bit hardware scaler takes
some of the burden off your CPU, saving processing power for other Final
Cut Pro operations, so you get better realtime performance.
In Dynamic RT editing mode, Final Cut Pro automatically reduces frame size
to let you preview non-realtime segments of your project at a better frame
rate. With the Matrox MXO hardware scaler, these segments are accelerated
to their original frame size.
Matrox MXO accelerates HDV and DVCPRO HD to full resolution during
playback.
Matrox MXO – simultaneous SDI and analog outputs in HD or SD
Matrox MXO – HD to SD downscaling
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Supported Output Standards
Supported output standards
Editing
Output
Downscaled output
NTSC
NTSC
N/A
PAL
PAL
N/A
720p at 23.98 fps
720p at 59.94 fps
NTSC
720p at 25 fps
720p at 50 fps
PAL
720p at 29.97 fps
720p at 59.94 fps
NTSC
720p at 50 fps
720p at 50 fps
PAL
720p at 59.94 fps
720p at 59.94 fps
NTSC
1080p at 23.98 fps
1080PsF at 23.98 fps
N/A
1080p at 23.98 fps (at
29.97 fps)
1080PsF at 29.97 fps
NTSC
1080p at 25 fps
1080PsF at 25 fps
PAL
1080p at 29.97 fps
1080PsF at 29.97 fps
NTSC
1080i at 25 fps
1080i at 25 fps
PAL
1080i at 29.97 fps
1080i at 29.97 fps
NTSC
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Workflow Examples
Workflow examples
Monitoring on a DVI display
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Workflow Examples
Simultaneous HD/SD monitoring (SDI) and print-to-tape (analog)
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Workflow Examples
Simultaneous HD/SD monitoring (analog) and print-to-tape (SDI)
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Workflow Examples
Feeding a satellite encoder or uplink
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Workflow Examples
Monitoring HD and SD simultaneously
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Scan Conversion
Using Matrox MXO as a genlockable HD/SD
scan converter
When Matrox MXO is used with an editing or content creation application it
takes advantage of the computer’s DVI port in a unique way for accurate video
output and monitoring. It can, however, also be used as a scan converter in
“Presentation Mode”.
Region-of-interest support
MXO lets you select a region-of-interest of any size within a larger resolution
and have that window output for broadcast or recording. Presets for NTSC,
PAL, 720p, and 1080i/PsF are provided.
In “Presentation Mode”, Matrox MXO acts as a high-quality scan converter
that is genlockable, with timing offset controls. It mirrors the contents of your
secondary desktop and displays it as high quality SDI and analog video
simultaneously. This mode can be used, for example, to record, display,
or broadcast Skype sessions, YouTube videos, Keynote and PowerPoint
presentations, or web browser sessions such as Google Earth. It can also be
used to create software application training. A flicker reduction filter ensures
solid, stable video output. The system’s audio playback will be routed to the
analog audio outputs and to all stereo pairs in the embedded SDI signal.
One-to-one pixel mapping is provided in HD for optimal desktop recording.
In SD, MXO lets you map from 640x480 to 720x486 (NTSC) and 800x600 to
720x576 (PAL).
Using Matrox MXO as a scan converter
Matrox MXO in scan converter mode – region-of-interest
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Specifications
Specifications
General
Universal compatibility
Intel- and PowerPC-based computers and laptops
Video standards
NTSC, PAL, NTSC-EIAJ, 1080i, 1080p, 720p
Regulatory compliance
FCC Class A, CE Mark Class A, C-Tick Mark, VCCI
RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
Dimensions
151mm (L) × 161mm (W) × 46mm (H)
External AC/DC adapter
100-240 VAC 50-60 Hz
Input: IEC320-C8 inlet
Output: +5V DC, 3A max., 2.5mm barrel type
Dimensions: 95mm (L) × 54mm (W) × 32mm (H)
Total power consumption
10 watts
Connections
DVI input and output
DVI-I (single-link) 29-pin female connector
Genlock reference input
SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level sync
BNC connector (75 Ω), terminated
Timing offset controls provided
SDTV SDI output
SD-SDI with 8 channels of embedded SDI audio 24-bit, 48 kHz
BNC connector (75 Ω)
Compliant with SMPTE 259M-C, SMPTE 272M
SDTV S-Video and composite video output
PAL, NTSC, NTSC-EIAJ
Frequency response: +/- 0.25 dB max to 5 MHz
2T pulse response: 0.5% max Diff. Gain and Diff. Phase: < 2%
BNC connectors (75 Ω)
SDTV analog component video output
Betacam, Betacam SP (NTSC and NTSC-EIAJ)
SMPTE/EBU N10 (PAL)
Frequency response Y: +/- 0.25 dB max to 5 MHz
Frequency response Pb, Pr: +/-0.2 dB max to 2 MHz
Component channel delay: +/- 3 ns
Component S/N (Y, Pb, Pr): > 54 dB, unified weighted
BNC connectors (75 Ω)
HDTV SDI output
HD-SDI with 8 channels of embedded SDI audio 24-bit, 48 kHz
Compliant with SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 299M
BNC connector (75 Ω)
HDTV analog component video output
Supported video formats: 1080i 50, 1080i 59.94, 720p 50, 720p 59.94
Compliant to EIA-770.3
Frequency response Y: +/- 0.3 dB max to 28 MHz
Frequency response Pb, Pr: +/- 0.4 dB max to 14 MHz
Component channel delay: +/- 0.5 ns
Component S/N (Y, Pb, Pr): > 57 dB, unified weighted
BNC connectors (75 Ω)
Accessories
MXO cable – DVI and system audio loop-through, 1 meter
External AC-DC adapter
Y/C video adapter
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