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Matrox mixes Mojito in 4K

Matrox is moving into Ultra HD with a new 4K video monitoring card, and several other 4K-capable products, being introduced at IBC.

Matrox is moving into Ultra HD with a new 4K video monitoring card, and several other 4K-capable products, being introduced at IBC.

Its new Mojito 4K quad 3G-SDI card should ship in time for IBC and is designed to work with Adobe’s Creative Cloud professional video editing tools on Windows platforms. It lets users see every pixel, with 10-bit colour precision, of every 4K frame in real time, at up to 60fps, and then deliver projects in full 4K using Sony’s XAVC codec.

It supports 4K (4096×2160), QFHD (3840×2160), 2K(2048×1080), HD and SD output resolutions at frame rates of up to 60fps. Rendering and export with XAVC at 2K, QFHD/UFD and full 4K are supported at up to 600Mbps.

The ¾-length PCIe card has five full-size BNC connectors on the card bracket, 16 channels of SDI embedded audio and bi-level and tri-level genlock input. It uses highly optimised Adobe Mercury Transmit plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe SpeedGrade, and offers WYSIWYG support for Adobe After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. The Matrox Mojito 4K will cost €1,795, £1,495 or $1,995.

In development

Matrox now has several Developer Products, intended for use in other manufacturer’s video equipment, with support for Quad HD.

The new DSX LE3 4K output card, which is now shipping, enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096×2160 at up to 60fps. The card is designed to enable equipment manufacturers to create full 4K native broadcast workflows for graphics or editing systems, channel-in-a-box applications, and playout servers. It works in conjunction with the Matrox DSX Software Development Kit and has 4K codec support for ProRes and XAVC. Both Level A and Level B mapping are supported, as required by the new Sony 4K monitor.

There is also the Matrox DSX LE3, a cost-effective 4K and multi-channel 3G, HD and SD digital I/O card, with up to four 3G/HD/SD SDI inputs or outputs, live video mixers, and up to 4K QFHD resolution.

The Matrox X.mio2 Plus, is a multichannel 4K, 3G, HD and SD I/O card based on the Matrox Control Engine. It boasts: advanced failsafe capabilities; glitch-free recovery and boot up; frame synchronisers with audio resampling; multiple multi-rate I/Os up to 4K QFHD resolution; AES/EBU and embedded audio support; VBI and SMPTE 12M-2 support; opto-coupled GPI inputs and outputs; analogue blackburst reference input (tri-level or bi-level); onboard scaler; multilayer compositor; automatic video relay bypass (for power loss); live zero-frame delay video and audio mixers; and LTC input.

There is also the Matrox X.mio2 multi-Channel 4K, 3G, HD ad SD I/O card. It mounts in a single-slot PCI-e x8 bus and has: 16-in/32-out unbalanced AES/EBU audio channels; 16 embedded audio I/O channels per SDI stream; RP188 and VBI support; analogue blackburst reference input (tri-level or bi-level); onboard HD to SD down converter; pixel-based 2D DVE engine for HD and SD; multi-layer compositor with RGBA to YUVA converter for HD and SD; automatic video relay bypass and watchdog support; auto-detection of input video resolutions; zero frame delay with onboard live video mixer; and an optional Matrox X.DVI input module that eliminates GPU/host readback issues.

There is also a server version (the Matrox X.mio2 Server), which can be fitted with an optional pixel based motion adaptive deinterlacer with multidirectional anti-aliasing, or a multichannel spatial deinterlacer.


KVM systems are essential to enable facilities to centralise their editing workstations in a machine room while editors work from a distance in real time, and the new Matrox Avio F125 KVM extenders can capture uncompressed 4K video, keyboard, mouse, stereo analogue audio, and USB 2.0 signals and extend them by up to 4km using a single fibre-optic cable or by up to 400m over multimode cable.

The transmitter/receiver pair can extend two single-link DVI (2x1920x1200) or one dual-link DVI (2560×1600 or 4096×2160) video, and multiple USB 2.0 compliant devices, from the host computer, with zero compression and zero latency.

It comes as rack-mountable or stand-alone units, and is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix operating systems.

By David Fox