The MXO2 Mini (Thunderbolt) from Matrox is a device that combines the functionality of an HDMI & Analog I/O card in the form factor of a miniature breakout box. It will capture, convert and play multiple video formats, via its HDMI, composite, component, analog audio and S-Video inputs & outputs. And of course, this MXO2 includes a Thunderbolt adapter, which supplies the blazing-fast connection to a computer for a data transfer rate of up to 10 Gb/s.
This device's small footprint makes it easy to transport. You also benefit from a wide variety of HD and SD workflows with Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro thanks to Matrox MXO2's 10-bit hardware up/down/cross-conversion scaling engine and support for a wide variety of file-based formats and industry-standard codecs. Moreover, its color-calibration tool can be used to turn your HDMI monitor into a professional-grade video monitor, so you can monitor your work in Avid Media Composer or NewsCutter, for instance.
First of all, I'm happy this product exists. I bought an MX02 LE when I was using a PC laptop so I used the Expresscard on it. Then the laptop was stolen by some cowards who, I suppose, needed the laptop more than I (kinda like the guy from Bicycle Thief) and I picked up a new MacbookPro. I was delighted to learn that I just needed this box and didn't have to upgrade my whole dang MX02 LE (with MAX!). I've never had connection issues, and since I picked up the longer Thunderbolt cable, my field setup is much more flexible than the Expresscard and (short) Matrox cable. I haven't read the documentation enough to know the proper way to disconnect the thing so I've always powered down completely but I think there may be a safe way to disconnect it from the computer without powering down. Seems fairly well built and it's great it doesn't need external power. It's a simple box with 2 holes, just make sure you put the B side of the Matrox cable facing up.
Works well to feed the HDMI camera feed into the Mac/PC for broadcasting, if you choose drivers well. Contact Matrox support before installing the driver.
This is a good mid-price option to connect HDTVs and pro monitors to your editing setup. The use of an internal card makes it a desktop-only solution (you won't be taking this on set with your laptop). Unline using some sort of adapter from your video card, this sends an unadulterated signal for viewing. You can also use it to record video via HDMI or analog. The main feature that attracted me was the calibration utility -normally you would use hardware like this to drive a professional monitor, which you would calibrate using color bars. But large flatscreen pro monitors are frightfully expensive - the ability to calibrate a 30" HDTV and use it for editing sounds dynamite. But apparently, it only works properly with the (rather rare) 1:1 pixel TVs. I hooked it up to a large Samsung. The calibration utility "believed" the monitor was fine, but I compared it to my small Marshall (calibrated via color bars) and it was way off. So for now, I use an HDMI splitter to use the little marshall AND the big TV, and I use the TV controls to get the TV as close to the Marshall as possible. This gives me accurate color (via the small marshall) and a large screen that doesn't get all quicktimed-up (for a total of four screens at my workstation - hmm, chicks dig it!) Yep, the much cheaper blackmagic card would do the same thing, but hopefully firmware upgrades will come as the calibration utility evolves. Other issues you may have are that it can take a LOT of fooling with settings to make this work (After Effects is pretty seamless, FCP can be an oddball mess of FCP prefs and Matrox panels). Sometimes it just *stops* sending a signal, and you have to play with settings to wake it back up.
This is for the professional and requires a professional playback monitor. Some of the fps rates can play in RGB and some in HDMI. As of 1/2011 the driver does not work with After Effects. You get a pretty good range of options with Premier Pro CS5. Some of the playback options are in the pSF format, not likely that a consumer monitor will be compatible. For my purposes right now it is fine but may not be for everyone with this version of the Mac driver.
Good... More...option software support ,example Show video output from Windows Mediaplayer .
-Installation--PCI card (if you are using this model) needs to be installed inside your desktop tower. All other connections are through external cables.--Usage--Freelance video editing with a 2006 MacPro tower and Radeon 4870 video card.Used in Final Cut Pro Studio 3 and AVID Media Composer (v 5).--Pros---Cost effective video monitoring output on consumer flat screen television through HDMI.-Automatic integration with AVID Media Composer v5.-Built in calibration tool works very well.--Elegant brushed design, goes well with Mac Pro tower case--H.264 MAX rendered boosts Quicktime rendering times through Compressor on my machine to nearly real time. So a 6 minute video (with lots of graphics and fast cutting in places) takes about 6-7 minutes to render. Please note that this machine and video specific, I am just providing my personal experiences here.-ConsHDMI audio output is broken (as diagnosed by MATROX online remote login support tech); MATROX unable to diagnose the fault. Wanted to charge me a bond of more than the purchase price to take it back and examine it and then send me a new one (initially they wanted to give me just a "refurbished" model, which I refused as the model from Adorama was two days old).I returned it to Adorama for an exchange.[...].Unfortunately the same issue occurred, revealing it to be a design incompatibility with my TV monitor. At this time (11 October 2010) this issue is still "open" on the Matrox forums and they have told me they are looking into it. Two other people on the forum have added to my original thread; same problem but with different television sets.For now I do not mind as the unit has its own audio outputs and/or I can just use the Mac's audio output. But it remains a technical flaw and something to be aware of.-Sleep IssuePutting the Mac to sleep causes the Matrox to lose its connection to the television. My solution is to unplug the Matrox form the A/C wall power once the Mac is asleep, plug it in again and then turn the Mac back on.--Unknown--I have not used this for capturing as yet so cannot comment on this functionality.