The new Matrox SD/HD SDI scan converter is designed to let broadcasters ‘easily and economically’ take the computer-based content that is becoming a key part of the nightly news to air. It can also drive projectors and large displays at live events and in houses of worship.
In broadcasting applications, the converter – which will be on show at NAB – can be used for creating broadcast video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, video games and web browser sessions, as well as citizen journalists’ mobile phone videos.
Matrox Convert DVI Plus controls are provided via an intuitive PC-based graphical user interface which can include a live preview pane for scaling and positioning in context. By simply dragging a mouse, rather than adjusting buttons on the unit itself, it is possible to choose to output the entire screen or a region-of-interest of any size. Other features include flicker reduction filter, customisable presets with user-assignable hotkeys, password protection, SD pixel aspect ratio compensation, and a stand-alone mode.
Alberto Cieri, Matrox senior director of sales and marketing, commented: “We stunned the market last year by offering the world’s first HD-SDI scan converter with genlock at just $995. Matrox Convert DVI was an award winner at both NAB and IBC and an immediate hit with broadcasters and A/V integrators in houses of worship. For 2011 we’ve taken the product line a step further with Matrox Convert DVI Plus that features the most-requested enhancements including more comprehensive region-of-interest support and background colour selection capability to facilitate downstream keying applications.”