Comments about Matrox Matrox MXO2 Mini High Definition HDMI & Analog I/O Device with Matrox Max & PCIe x 1 Host Adapter for Desktop, Win/Mac:
-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.