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NAB Update: Matrox Announces Matrox CompressHD for the Mac

Accelerator card provides faster than realtime high definition H.264 file creation.

NAB 2009 – Las Vegas

Matrox Video Products Group announced Matrox CompressHD, the
first implementation of Matrox MAX technology in an H.264 accelerator
card for the Mac, priced at just $495 US. Matrox MAX technology uses a
dedicated hardware processor to accelerate the creation of H.264 files
for mobile devices, the web and Blu-ray discs. By using specialized
hardware acceleration, jobs are finished with amazing speed and system
resources are liberated for other tasks. 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. As an
added benefit, the Matrox MAX technology allows direct export to
higher-quality H.264 Blu-ray compliant files from Compressor.

Cut Studio is the creative tool of choice for video professionals
around the world,” said Richard Townhill, Apple’s director of Video
Applications Marketing. “By adding the Matrox CompressHD accelerator to
a Mac Pro, editors can spend more time creating the movie they want and
less time getting it ready for distribution.”

CompressHD is all about speed and workflow efficiency,” said Lorne
Trottier, president of Matrox. “For example, creating a 20 minute H.264
Blu-ray image typically takes about 90 minutes on an 8-core Mac Pro.
Using Matrox MAX technology, that same image can be generated in less
than 18 minutes. Matrox CompressHD is a must-have for anyone creating
content today.”

Key features of Matrox CompressHD for the Mac

  • Faster than realtime creation of H.264 files, for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD, using Matrox MAX technology
  • Low profile, half-length PCIe x1 card that fits into all Mac Pros and Intel-based Apple Xserve systems
  • Works in systems with or without an I/O device
  • Three-year hardware warranty and complimentary telephone support

Key features of Matrox MAX technology

  • Faster than realtime creation of H.264 files, for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD, at bitrates up to 50 Mbps
  • A specialized, dedicated hardware processor liberates system resources for other tasks
  • Accelerated
    encoding for Blu-ray, PS3, Apple TV, YouTube, Flash, web formats, and
    mobile devices including iPhone, and iPod from various video sources
    including 2K files
  • Direct integration with Apple Compressor to simplify workflow
  • Creation of Blu-ray H.264 files that can be authored in Adobe Encore CS4 or Roxio Toast 10 and burned without re-encoding
  • Support
    for Apple Qmaster to take advantage of multiple systems with a Matrox
    MAX processing engine for distributed encoding across a network

Price and availability
Priced at $495 US (£375, €449) not including local taxes, Matrox
CompressHD with Mac drivers will be available in May 2009 through a
worldwide network of authorized dealers.

About Matrox
Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of
HD and SD digital video hardware and software for realtime editing,
audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, capture/playout
servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning
technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery
platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project
studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide. Founded
in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal,
Canada. For more information visit