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  • Matrox MX02

    Matrox MX02

    April 30, 2010, 9:41 am
    looking into the Matrox MXO2

    There has been much debate on whether editors should or should not be cutting in the field. There really has not been a portable, inexpensive solution for I/O, except for the AJA IO HD. Now I really loved this device! However, it is quite costly and is limited to Apple Pro Res. There is no real competition for it until now. Matrox MX02 Here it is the Matrox MXO2, boasting a slew of features and ready to take on the heaviest of workloads you can provide. This week I will begin a 2 part series on the MXO2 and how it works. The initial impressions are good. Weighing in at just under 3.5 lbs- it truly is portable. (Even in the factory sealed box, I could hardly tell I was holding it.) Upon opening the box I was pleased to see that both adapters were there. It connects to the Macbook Pro via Apples Express card slot or to your PCIe Express card slot in your Mac Pro tower. This is great for keeping the MXO2 portable, without having to buy an accessory. Unfortunately, to my amazement, there is an accessory that is needed. I was astonished to find out that it was a power cable. Why this is not included I am not exactly sure? It only saves Matrox around $3 dollars. It causes us unnecessary stress to either search our bins of spare parts for the cable, or have to make a trek back out to buy one. The connections on MXO2 are here in abundance. There are HD and SD inputs and Outputs.
    Matrox MX02
    Inputs SDI –HD/SD (Embedded audio up to 8 channels) Component –HD/SD Y/C Composite HDMI-HD (Embedded audio up to 8 Channels) 2 XLR stereo pair (balanced) 2 RCA stereo pair (unbalanced) 2 AES? EBU
    Matrox MX02
    Outputs 2 SDI _HD/SD (Embedded audio up to 8 Channels) Component –HD/SD 12 bit Y/C 12 bit Composite 12 bit HDMI - HD/SD 4 XLR stereo pair (balanced) 6 RCA stereo pair (unbalanced monitoring unbalanced) There is also a Genlock for synching. There is no Firewire at all for HDV. Matrox has stated that there is no need for a Firewire 800 bus as it limits capture. Instead they use your express card slot. Therefore they are not limited to the Firewire 800 bus. Hook up and installation was a lot easier than I expected. I really thought this would have been problematic. I was wrong. The adapters for my Macbook Pro and my Mac Pro were a breeze to install. It was just plug and play. However, Matrox for some reason or another did not include an install disc. Instead they included a small yellow sheet of a paper, that stated I had to visit their website and download the drivers. Keep that in mind for anyone doing this install in the field. Hopefully you will be near a Wifi station. You can download the drivers here: http://www.matrox.com/video/en/support/ The program did the install without a problem on both of my machines. They are both on Leopard 10.5.5. Matrox does warn that you need at least an Intel based machine. After installation you will find in the System Preferences, that you now have an Icon for the MXO2. Under the various tabs you can select different inputs/ outputs, for both monitoring, and Genlock. There is also a drop down menu for 2 different types of Pulldown methods 2:3:2:3 or 2:3:3:2. You can also select the type of downscaling to Letterbox, Center Cut, or Anamorphic. You have the ability to calibrate an HDMI monitor to broadcast levels. Keep in mind you really should have a monitor that is capable of 1:1 ratio. This will ensure that what you are seeing is a reference quality for broadcast and in the correct aspect ratio. Now we are ready to dive in and begin testing the limits of this device. Next week I will be testing out different workflows with the Matrox MXO2. Until then for your viewing pleasure take a moment to check out the opening pictures and installation.

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