Matrox Adds Tape Capture/Output, Monitoring Solutions for Final Cut Pro X & Compressor 4

I thought I’d just quote Matrox‘s entire press release detailing how Final Cut Pro X users will be able to capture multiple tape formats with their hardware and software solutions, plus export back to tape. They also offer a way to monitor in FCP X. This is great news so far, and Matrox is continuing to work on solutions!

Using Matrox MXO2 devices with FCP X and Compressor 4

In the first release of Final Cut Pro X, the interaction with I/O devices such as the Matrox MXO2 products is different than with previous versions of Final Cut Pro when it comes to capturing, monitoring, and outputting video. Exporting to H.264 files from the new Compressor 4 using Matrox MAX-enabled MXO2 devices remains up to 5 times faster than software alone.

With FCP 7 you can capture from tape or live sources from within the app. With FCP X you use the Matrox Vetura Capture stand-alone application to quickly and easily capture to many of the QuickTime codecs that are installed on your system such as Apple ProRes 422 HQ, XDCAM HD, and many others.

With FCP 7, the Matrox MXO2 devices provide full quality audio and video monitoring via digital and analog outputs so you don’t need to rely on just a preview-quality output when making edit decisions. The Matrox MXO2 products also include the unique Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility that lets an HDMI monitor perform like a broadcast HD/SD monitor.

FCP X does not support professional video monitoring. For full-screen, preview-quality output you can use the second DisplayPort output from your computer in Full Screen Mode. The audio outputs of the MXO2 devices can be used for audio monitoring.

With FCP 7 you can print-to-tape from the timeline within the app. With FCP X you must first export your timeline to a 1080, 720, PAL, NTSC .mov file then use the Matrox Vetura Playback app to record to tape through your MXO2 device.

Lightning fast H.264 encoding
Matrox MXO2 devices with MAX give you the same accelerated H.264 encoding with Apple Compressor 4 as they did with Compressor 3.5. You can still deliver H.264 video up to 5 times faster without sacrificing quality! Matrox MAX taps into Compressor to let you quickly and easily create H.264 files for the web, mobile devices, Apple TV, and Blu-ray discs from a variety of video sources including SD, HD, and RED proxy files up to 2K.

More to come
Matrox is committed to adding new features to the Matrox MXO2 products to further enhance FCP X workflows for professional users. As the FCP X software platform evolves, so too will the workflows we can offer.

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  1. Hi Heath

    Could you let me know how to find the primary source of this press release,. I’ve looked on the Matrox site and can’t find it?

    As a MXO2 user and having cross graded to FCP X this is all big news.

    Thanks for your insightful blogging



    • hmcknight
    • July 10th, 2011 12:37pm

    Hey Mark,

    I took a look at Matrox’s site, but they haven’t added it yet. Their PR division sent it to me last week and I posted it up here, then cross-posted it over to’s forums.

    I know some people are complaining it’s adding a step at the capture/print-to-tape stages (capturing then importing, exporting a QT movie and using Matrox’s software to output), but this is indeed a great solution for MXO2 users!

    Thanks for the compliment!


  2. Thank’s Heath,

    yes great news if you are wanting to get material in or out via tape etc but very news if like myself you bought a MXO2 device to drive and calibrate an external monitor.

    all the best


    • hmcknight
    • July 10th, 2011 5:00pm

    I think we’ll see more information soon. Looks like it works with the MXO2 mini:


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