Matrox Announces Matrox CompressHD for the Mac
Posted Apr 20, 2009

Matrox® Video Products Group today announced Matrox CompressHDTM, the first implementation of Matrox MAXTM technology in an H.264 accelerator card for the Mac, priced at just $495 US. Matrox MAX technology uses a dedicated hardware processor to accelerate the creation of H.264 files for mobile devices, the web and Blu-ray discs. By using specialized hardware acceleration, jobs are finished with amazing speed and system resources are liberated for other tasks. Matrox CompressHD works in systems with or without a video I/O device. Ease of use is ensured through direct integration with Apple Compressor on the Mac. As an added benefit, the Matrox MAX technology allows direct export to higher-quality H.264 Blu-ray compliant files from Compressor.

"Final Cut Studio is the creative tool of choice for video professionals around the world," said Richard Townhill, Apple's director of Video Applications Marketing. "By adding the Matrox CompressHD accelerator to a Mac Pro, editors can spend more time creating the movie they want and less time getting it ready for distribution."

"Matrox CompressHD is all about speed and workflow efficiency," said Lorne Trottier, president of Matrox. "For example, creating a 20 minute H.264 Blu-ray image typically takes about 90 minutes on an 8-core Mac Pro. Using Matrox MAX technology, that same image can be generated in less than 18 minutes. Matrox CompressHD is a must-have for anyone creating content today."

Key features of Matrox CompressHD for the Mac

Key features of Matrox MAX technology:

Price and availability
Priced at $495 US (£375, €449) not including local taxes, Matrox CompressHD with Mac drivers will be available in May 2009 through a worldwide network of authorized dealers.

About Matrox
Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for realtime editing, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit www.matrox.com/video1.