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Matrox MXO or MXO2?

Which video adapter is right for your Mac? The MXO is an output-only device, while the MXO2 offers both input and output and is portable.

When working in Final Cut 2, the MXO connects to the secondary DVI output of your Mac and converts the video preview to an actual video signal for monitoring or recording to a deck. HD video can be monitored via an appropriate LCD monitor via DVI connection, and an included utility allows you to calibrate the LCD for accurate color grading. The full 1920×1080 HD resolution is supported with 1:1 pixel mapping for accurate image rendition.

Video output can also be sent to a video monitor or recording deck via SDI SD/HD, Component SD/HD, Y/C or Composite. The MXO also provides realtime downconversion from HD to SD for monitoring and recording.

Besides Final Cut 2, any QuickTime-based application can also output via MXO to record training videos or other presentations. The MXO can easily be moved from one computer to another with a simple DVI connection to your MacBook or MacPro.

MXO2 is different from the MXO in that it’s also a capture device and is portable. MXO2 connects to the MacBook via the ExpressCard/34 slot with an included adaptor, or to the MacPro with an included interface card.

The MXO2 can handle practically any i/o connection, including SDI SD/HD, Component SD/HD, S-video, composite, and HDMI (out). Video may be captured as uncompressed or compressed video to many formats, SD or HD, including ProRes 422. An HDMI output, with calibration utility, is included for color-accurate monitoring via an inexpensive LCD display. Of course, you can connect any monitor to the SDI, HD SDI, component or other analog outs of the MXO2 as well.

Audio connections include XLR, AES/EBU, SDI (embedded) and HDMI (out). A set of 6 RCA connectors are provided for surround sound monitoring.

In today’s multi-format world, the MXO2 has you covered with realtime up-down-cross conversion on output, allowing you to deliver in any format required. You capture SD or HD footage using the MXO2 inputs to a format of your choice in Final Cut 2, then output to just about any monitor or deck. You can even change frame rates on output.

An optional adapter cable allows the MX02 to be powered from common field pack batteries used by professional videographers, so it is truly portable when used with a laptop in this configuration (the MXO requires AC power).

Whether working in the studio or on location, the MXO and MXO2 have a lot to offer Final Cut 2 users.

Check out Ned Soltz’s review in DV Magazine, March 2009.

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