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Matrox Professional Accelerator Card Compress-HD

  • H.264 Conversion
  • Supports Multiple Resolutions
  • Dedicated Hardware
  • Use with Apple Compressor
  • Use with Adobe Media Encoder
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If you’re a professional content creator delivering H.264 files for Blu-ray, the web, and mobile devices, you need a fast, flexible, high quality encoding workhorse.

Matrox CompressHD is the first implementation of Matrox MAX technology in an amazingly affordable H.264 accelerator card. It works in systems with or without a video I/O device and extends the life of your current system investment, giving you the power you need to deliver today's premium H.264 formats faster than ever. This low profile, half-length PCIe x1 card fits into Mac Pros, Intel-based Apple Xserve systems, and PCs. Get yourself a Matrox CompressHD card and deliver your projects in a fraction of the time!

  • newegg Accelerated H.264 Encoding The Matrox CompressHD features Matrox MAX technology to accelerate the creation of H.264 files for Blu-ray, PS3, Apple TV, YouTube, Flash, web formats, and mobile devices including iPhone and iPod. By using a dedicated hardware processor, jobs are finished with amazing speed and system resources are liberated for other tasks.
  • newegg Works with PC and Mac The Matrox CompressHD supports Mac Pro and Intel-based Apple Xserve systems running Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher as well as PCs running Windows XP (32-bit) and Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit).

Learn more about the matrox Compress-HD

General

Brand
Matrox
Model
Compress-HD

Specification

Specification
Blu-ray, PS3, PS3, HD Web Video Archiving:
Resolutions:
720 x 480
720 x 576
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080i
1920 x 1080
Frame Rates:
29.97, 59.97
25, 50
23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.97
25, 29.97
23.98, 25, 29.97
Bit-Rate Range:
512Kbps to 3Mbps
1 to 50Mbps

Apple TV, YouTube, HD, Podcasts, Webcasts
Resolutions:
640 x 480 (4:3)
640 x 360 (16:9)
640 x 272 (2.35:1)
720 x 480 (4:3)
960 x 540 (16:9)
1280 x 960 (4:3)
1280 x 720 (16:9)
1280 x 544 (2.35:1)
Frame Rates:
15, 23.98, 25, 29.97
15, 23.98, 25, 29.97
Bit-Rate Range:
512Kbps to 3Mbps
1 to 20Mbps

iPod, iPhone, Flash, YouTube, Portable Devices
Resolutions:
640 x 480 (4:3)
640 x 360 (16:9)
640 x 272 (2.35:1)
320 x 240 (4:3)
320 x 180 (16:9)
320 x 136 (2.35:1)
Frame Rates:
15, 23.98, 25, 29.97
15, 23.98, 25, 29.97
Bit-Rate Range:
512Kbps to 3Mbps
100Kbps to 1Mbps

Feature

Feature
This card offers real-time creation of H.264 files at resolutions ranging from iPod to HD and at bit rates up to 50Mbps by using Matrox MAX technology

This solution will function in systems with or without a video I/O device to enhance your delivery workflow

Extend the life of your current system investment with the ability to deliver premium H.264 formats

The card has a low-profile, half-length PCIe x1 card form factor

It works in systems with Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 or higher, Windows XP (32-bit), and Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit)

A specialized, dedicated hardware processor liberates system resources for other tasks

Accelerated encoding is available for Blu-ray, PS3, Apple TV, YouTube, Flash, web formats, and mobile devices including iPhone and iPod from various video sources including 2K files

Direct integration with Apple Compressor on the Mac and Adobe Media Encoder on the PC simplifies workflow

Blu-Ray H.264 files can be authored in Adobe Encore CS4 and Roxio Toast 10 then burned without re-encoding

Support for Apple Qmaster takes advantage of multiple systems with a Matrox MAX processing engine for distributed encoding across a network

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


Customer Reviews of the matrox Compress-HD

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  • Justin H.
  • 12/28/2010 1:34:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnderwhelming

Pros: May accelerate H.264 encoding for slower machines

Cons: 1. Encoding parameters were not observed: would not encode at bitrate higher than 15 mbps, even when specifying 32 mbps for example.
2. Encoding parameters were more limited than AME (can't specify CBR vs VBR, )
2. Encoding quality was much worse than CS5 AME encoding
3. Encoding time was slightly slower than CS5 AME encoding (expected to be much faster).

Other Thoughts: Test System: HP Z800 Workstation - Dual Xeon 5650 (2.66 GHz hex core x 2), 24 MB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1280 MB GDDR5, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Adobe CS5 Production Premium, Matrox Axio Util 5.0

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