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Matrox Ships Affordable SD/HD SDI Converter

Matrox Video Products Group said it is now shipping the new Matrox Convert DVI, an affordable SD/HD SDI scan converter that comes with a series of high-end features.

Matrox Video Products Group said it is now shipping the new Matrox Convert DVI, an affordable SD/HD SDI scan converter that comes with a series of high-end features. The Matrox Convert DVI lets AV pros and broadcasters take computer-based content and integrate it into other applications. Company officials the converter is ideal for creating broadcast video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, video games, and web browser sessions, as well as mobile phone videos.

"Feedback from broadcast pilot sites has been phenomenal. The feature set, quality, and ease of use were everything they hoped for," said Chris Yigit, Matrox technical marketing manager, in a statement. "They found the value proposition very impressive. Quality HD-SDI scan converters with genlock typically cost thousands of dollars each and SDI audio embedders are often required. Costs balloon when stations require multiple units. Matrox Convert DVI is very inexpensive by comparison and allows system audio to be embedded in the SDI signal."

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Matrox Convert DVI controls are provided via a PC-based user interface. By dragging a mouse, users can choose to output the entire screen or a region-of-interest of any size. Premium features such as a flicker reduction filter, an underscan mode, customizable presets with user-assignable hotkeys, password protection, and a stand-alone mode ensure optimal flexibility for many different applications, according to Matrox.

Other features includes DVI-D input up to 1920x1200, simultaneous analog and digital video output, stereo audio input that can be embedded into the SDI output signal, real-time HD to SD hardware downscaling with proper color space and aspect ratio conversion, and SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level genlock with timing offset controls.

The Matrox Convert DVI is priced at $995 US and is now available through authorized dealers.



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