For folks needing to encode to H.264 in a hurry—for the Web, Blu-ray disc creation or mobile devices—the new CompressHD accelerator card, introduced by Matrox Video Products Group at the 2009 NAB Show, does it in faster-than-real time, freeing up other system resources.
Matrox CompressHD works in systems with or without a video I/O device. Ease of use is ensured through direct integration with Apple Compressor on the Mac or with Adobe Media Encoder software on the PC. And they’re just $495.
The Matrox MAX technology also allows direct export to higher-quality H.264 Blu-ray-compliant files from Compressor.
Matrox said a 20-minute H.264 Blu-ray image—typically taking about 90 minutes on an 8-core Mac Pro—can be generated in less than 18 minutes using the Matrox MAX technology.
And encoding a 20-minute DVCPRO HD 720p project to a Flash file for delivery on a mobile device or the Web typically takes close to two hours on a quad-core PC. That same project can be encoded in less than 20 minutes using the Matrox MAX technology, the company said.
“With the industry move to HD, productivity in the creative workflow has never been more important to Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium users,” said Giles Baker, group product manager for Editing Workflows at Adobe. “Along with the many built-in productivity features and time-saving capabilities of Adobe’s integrated video production toolset, the Matrox CompressHD card will enable users to more quickly deliver engaging interactive experiences to audiences across platforms and devices.”
The accelerators are priced at $495. The Mac cards are available in May with the PC card coming this summer.
Matrox also introduced Matrox MXO2 Mini, a new version of the Matrox MXO2 I/O device. It can be used with applications including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop to provide capture and playback of high-definition video via HDMI and analog component; or NTSC and PAL via analog component S-Video, and composite.
Users can convert standard-definition videos to high-definition, or vice versa, while capturing or playing out, using the MXO2 Mini’s dedicated hardware scaler. And its color-calibration tool can turn an inexpensive HDMI screen into a professional-grade video monitor. It also makes it easy to edit AVCHD footage by capturing into an edit-friendly compressed or uncompressed format.
It’s also available with Matrox MAX technology for faster-than-real-time high-definition H.264 file creation.
Matrox Video Products Group www.matrox.com