The newly released Matrox Convert DVI SD/HD SDI scan converter lets broadcasters quickly and economically repurpose computer-based content for transmission.
The €800 unit is billed as ideal for creating broadcast video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, videogames, and web browser sessions, as well as citizen journalists' mobile phone videos.
"Feedback from broadcast pilot sites has been phenomenal - the featureset, quality, and ease of use were everything they hoped for," said Chris Yigit, Matrox technical marketing manager. "They found the value proposition very impressive. Quality HD-SDI scan converters with genlock typically cost thousands of dollars each and SDI audio embedders are often required. Costs balloon when stations require multiple units. Matrox Convert DVI is very inexpensive by comparison and allows system audio to be embedded in the SDI signal."
Matrox Convert DVI controls are provided via a simple PC-based user interface. By simply dragging a mouse, rather than fiddling with buttons on the unit itself, users can choose to output the entire screen or a region-of-interest of any size. Premium features such as a flicker reduction filter, an underscan mode, customizable presets with user-assignable hotkeys, password protection, and a stand-alone mode ensure optimal flexibility for many different applications.