Matrox CompressHD Awards and Reviews
Gear Review Blog
By: David Hurd
Since TV broadcast is in the process of being replaced by the web, I find myself encoding in H.264 a lot more frequently. The downside is that Apple Compressor is just too slow.
The good news is that Matrox has a product that seriously cuts down your rendering time. And I mean seriously.
Videoguys.com Top 10, US, 2009
Compress HD works with your existing I/O solution, such as the AJA Kona or Blackmagic Decklink card. You just capture and edit as always. When it comes time to encode to H.264 select the MAX presets and sit back and enjoy the dramatically faster encoding times.
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"...I would whole heartedly recommend getting the Matrox CompressHD. It's a solid piece of hardware that integrates nicely with the FCP workflow so seamlessly you will forget it's even there."
President and Chief Technology Officer of Edit Creations, Inc.
Matrox CompressHD – The Need for Speed
by David A. Saraceno
LAFCPUG - Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group
The Matrox CompressHD board is distinguished by five characteristics all of which make it a remarkable value and utility for h.264 encoding. It is versatile, easy to use, flexible, and speedy. Importantly, the quality of its h.264 encodes meet or exceed comparable Compressor encodes for representative categories.
Matrox continues to deliver regular updates to address issues and expand the capabilities of this device. CompressHD is unparalleled for what it is delivers and the speed at which that delivery occurs. All this for $495.00 is quite a bargain for h.264 content delivery.
Read the complete Matrox CompressHD product review:
Matrox CompressHD Test Drive
Jan Ozer, Digital Content Producer
"In my tests, CompressHD performed much faster than Compressor 3.5, delivered superior H.264 quality and output HD H.264 footage compatible with Blu-ray authoring for both Apple and Adobe Encore CS4.... De-interlacing quality, which is critical when working with interlaced source footage, was very good."
CreativeCOW's Craig Seeman takes a look the new release of Matrox CompressHD with MAX technology.
"H.264 has finally become "the" codec we're likely to use for delivery. For web use Quicktime, Flash and now Silverlight use it. In addition it's part of the Blu-ray specs as well as delivery for iPods and iPhones. While having a single codec certainly simplifies delivery, encoding to H.264 is SLOOOOW. It brings the fastest computers to their knees and our brows cover with sweet as deadlines loom. Matrox CompressHD, with MAX technology, promises to ignite the after burners for H.264 encoding and it certainly delivers."
Accelerated H.264 encoding now available across the Matrox Product Line
Wayne Andrews, Mac Product Manager, Matrox
Black Diamond Award 2009
(DV Magazine, US, April 2009)
The Black Diamond Award is presented by Digital Video Magazine to outstanding developers and manufacturers who have helped advance the technological art of production and post. The Black Diamond Awards are nominated by an impartial jury of industry professionals. Final selections are made unanimously by editors of the Video Division of NewBay Media.
The Vidy Award 2009
(Videography, US, April 2009)
The Vidy Award is given by Videography Magazine to "Best of Show" winners recognizing outstanding achievement in the advancement of the art and science of video technology. A select panel of engineers, production and post production professionals, and the magazine's editorial staff are the judges.
EventDV – NAB Best of 2009
EventDV, The Authority for Event Videographers, has announced the winners of its fourth annual "Best of NAB" awards. Chosen each year by contributing editor and leading L.A.–area videographer and filmmaker Marc Franklin, the awards recognize products in four categories: cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions.
"Matrox also introduced Compress HD, an accelerator card for encoding H.264 for Blu-ray production, using the company's new Matrox MAX technology. Like the MXO2 Mini, Compress HD works on both Mac and Windows systems. It encodes faster than real time, meaning it will take an 8-core Mac 18 minutes (instead of 90 minutes) to render a 20-minute file. It works with Compressor, FCP, and QuickTime on the Mac and with Adobe Media Encoder on Windows. Soon it will be compatible with older products such as the RT.X2 and Axio. Currently, it will function in systems with I/O cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, and others. It can be purchased alone or integrated into the MXO2 Mini. MSRP is $495 for the PCI-e card or $849 built into the MXO2 Mini hardware."