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Matrox MX02 Family
Adobe Premiere Pro
The Matrox MXO2 platforms go far beyond the capabilities of systems that combine Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and a simple I/O card. The additional benefits you get include:
When you include the Matrox MAX option in your MXO2 device you also get:
Matrox RT technology for Adobe Premiere Pro
The Matrox MXO2 platforms with MAX feature Matrox RT technology that enhances the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine to provide full-resolution, full-frame-rate, multi-layer, realtime video editing.
Matrox RT technology is designed for use with or without the presence of GPU acceleration. It provides many of the benefits of GPU acceleration but works with any system, even laptops. It optimizes your system to output to professional monitors at full-resolution and full-frame-rate.
In addition, Matrox RT provides advanced realtime Matrox Flex CPU effects such as primary and secondary color correction, smooth speed changes, and many more; along with a high-quality, highly-efficient MPEG-2 I-frame intermediate codec that streamlines working with CPU-taxing footage such as AVCHD and XDCAM.
Realtime Matrox Flex CPU effects with Adobe Premiere Pro
The Matrox MXO2 platforms with MAX work in conjunction with the power of your CPU to perform a variety of advanced realtime effects including:
Realtime primary color correction2
Matrox Flex CPU effects are also available for use with versions of the MXO2 devices without MAX, however, the effects may not perform in real time.
Realtime primary color correction
Primary color correction is a critically important effect for all productions, whether to achieve continuity when cutting between shots, ensure broadcast safe levels, or establish and emphasize a “look”. The primary color corrector provides basic proc amp control; three-way color correction complete with master, shadows, midtones and highlights control; input/output level control; and RGB curves control.
Realtime proc amp controls
The Matrox MXO2 devices let you easily adjust four proc amp controls - hue, saturation, brightness, and contrast. Hue adjusts the tint of the colors in the image, saturation adjusts the vividness, contrast adjusts the difference in luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of the image, and brightness adjusts the level of black. You can also use these controls to create special effects, such as black and white, in real time.
Realtime color match and color balance
Colors can be corrected using nine parameters related to the black (shadow), midtone, and white (highlight) levels of your clips. You can easily match colors or balance blacks, whites, and grays against a reference shot in one simple step.
Realtime input/output level control
Using the histogram display and level controls, luminance levels can
be remapped to maximize the dynamic range of a clip. For example, bright
areas can be made brighter and dark areas can be made darker. Five
parameters are available - black, white, and gamma levels on the input;
and black and white levels on the output. Auto white and auto black
controls are also provided.
Realtime RGB curves control
RGB curves control offers a fast, natural way to fine-tune the colors in your video. If, for example, you want to remove a blue tint from your video, you simply drag the blue curve down. With RGB curves you can also achieve wild color effects and other looks that are otherwise impossible.
Realtime secondary color correction
The secondary color corrector is an advanced tool used for fine-tuning or dramatic effects creation. It offers all the controls found in the primary color correction filter with the added capability of limiting the effect to a specific range of pixels. Pixel selection can be done using color and/or brightness. Using the simple garbage matte tool, you can also limit the effect to a specific region. The pixel selection can also be inverted.
The secondary color corrector lets you achieve effects such as color pass and color replace. It can be used, for example, to change the color of a dress, deepen the background sky color, or to achieve an effect similar to the film Schindler’s List where only one object or person remains in color while the rest of the image becomes black and white.
Realtime chroma and luma keying
The Matrox MXO2 devices provide one of the finest realtime chroma keyers in the industry. Clean blue- and green-screen keys are easy to achieve, even with HDV and AVCHD material shot in less than optimal lighting conditions. Your video is upsampled to 4:4:4:4 resolution and advanced noise reduction algorithms are used to ensure superior results. The auto key button intelligently adjusts the key with soft edges, spill removal, and shadow preservation. If needed, you can further refine the key with manual controls. You can key on any color, not just blue and green. You can also invert the selection and display the matte being generated to fine tune the key.
The realtime luma keyer gives you low clip, low gain, high clip, high gain, and transparency controls.
Realtime speed changes
You can use speed changes to emphasize special moments, extend the duration of shots to match voiceover timing, or enhance the feeling of dramatic shots. You can apply smooth slow and fast motion with field or frame blending.
The Matrox MXO2 devices support standard dissolves, SMPTE wipes, and organic wipes with soft edges and color borders.
Native Adobe Premiere Pro effects and transitions
Some of Adobe Premiere Pro’s most popular native effects and transitions such as Opacity, Crop, Dip to Black, Black and White, Dissolve, and Additive Dissolve can be used in real time in SD. The Matrox MXO2 devices accelerate these effects and transitions in HD.
The MXO2 devices overwrite the Adobe Premiere Pro timecode filter so that it becomes realtime. The realtime time code effect lets you generate and overlay a time code counter on a video production. You can use it to make a dub of source tapes with time code “burn-in” then use these tapes to log scenes, create edit decision lists, or get client feedback on your finished production.
Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame intermediate codec with Adobe Premiere Pro
The Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame intermediate codec is a high-quality, highly-efficient 8-bit 4:2:2 video codec used mainly as a less processor-intensive way of working with long-GOP footage such as HDV, AVCHD, and XDCAM HD. The bit rate of the codec can be set between 50 and 300 Mbps, giving you the flexibly on each clip to make your own tradeoffs between video quality and storage considerations.
It can be used with Adobe Premiere Pro in four ways:
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