updated 05:40 pm EDT, Thu September 10, 2009
Matrox MXO2 LE
Matrox this evening launched a new portable breakout box aimed specifically at Mac users editing at a pro level with Final Cut Studio. The MXO2 LE takes SDI, component, RCA and 10-bit HDMI video input from cameras or other sources and puts them in formats immediately usable by Color, Final Cut Pro and other apps in the suite, such as Apple's in-house ProRes 4:2:2 HQ format. It can also work with non-Apple software like After Effects and uses an XLR power input, making it friendly to a MacBook Pro at a video shoot where XLR may be more common than AC outlets.
It also supports Genlock and outputs in the same formats it takes in, with color calibration in either direction.
An optional component using Matrox' MAX technique gives the MXO2 LE processing that the company claims can transcode video to H.264 at faster than real time. It can address resolutions up to 2K (greater than HD) and directly integrates with Final Cut Studio's Compressor tool or else Telestream's Episode. Shipments start in October for the $995 MXO2 LE by itself or $1,395 for a version with the MAX encoding. Either has the option of an ExpressCard/34 adapter (for the current 17-inch MacBook Pro and earlier 15-inch units) or a PCIe adapter for Mac Pro workstations, with $99 getting a second adapter of either type.